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New Chemistry Databases

NUS Libraries has recently added the following six databases from the Royal Society of Chemistry to its electronic resources.  These are abstracts & index databases.  If a link to the full text of the publication is not provided in the database, search the Library catalogue, LINC, to see if the required journal issue or publication is available either in print or in online version.  For more tips on this, please refer to the FAQ: How do I check if the full text of journal articles are available?


1. Analytical Abstracts

Use this database for literature on the latest techniques and applications in the analytical sciences. It contains abstracts from over 100 publications from 1980 until the latest update. The database’s specialised indexing system comprises 3 types of index fields:

– Analyte: The substance that has been identified or determined such as drugs, food additives, pesticides, nanoparticles.  You can search for a particular element, compound or CAS number (e.g. paracetamol [103-90-2]).

– Matrix: The sample or medium in which the analyte has been measured, e.g. soil, lead alloys, blood plasma.

Technique: The methods used for analysis, apparatus or a field of study, e.g. HPLC, mass spectra, fluorescence, proteomic analysis.

(See sample records)


2. Catalysts & Catalysed Reactions

Use the database for graphical abstracts of new developments in catalysis research, including homogeneous, heterogeneous and biocatalysis with emphasis on current growth areas such as chiral catalysts, polymerisation catalysts, enzymatic catalysts and clean catalytic methods.  The database is updated monthly with approximately 200 new graphical abstracts selected from dozens of key primary journals, and are indexed by Products, Reactants, Catalysts, Catalyst Type and Reaction Type.  (See sample records)


3. Chemical Hazards in Industry
Use this database for information on safety and health hazards surrounding chemicals encountered in the chemical and related industries.  It is updated monthly with over 250 items.  (See sample records)


4. Laboratory Hazards Bulletin
Use the database for key information scanned from primary scientific and trade literature worldwide on hazards encountered in different types of laboratories, including R&D, analytical and hospital laboratories.  Topic coverage includes hazardous waste management, occupational monitoring and safety legislation. (See sample records)


5. Methods in Organic Synthesis
Use the database for graphical abstracts of key current developments in organic synthesis.  It provides informative reaction schemes, and covers new reactions and new methods.  Updated monthly with approximately 200 new reaction schemes which are categorised by five indexes: Author, Product, Reaction, Reactant and Reagent.  (See sample records)


6. Natural Product Updates
Use the database for graphical abstracts of latest developments in natural product chemistry.  Updated monthly with around 200 new graphical abstracts selected from dozen key primary journals, it includes structure diagrams, trivial and taxonomic names, molecular formulae, physical and biological properties.  (See sample records)


Science Library


4 Things You Can Do With FindMore@NUSL But Not With LINC+

FindMore@NUSL is our new library search service, based on the latest library technology. What can it do? For starters, FindMore@NUSL searches every item in the library’s collection, including books, journals, multimedia, microform, and music scores. But it also goes down to a deeper level, allowing you to find other items such as journal and newspaper articles. It also has functions not available in the library catalogue LINC+ or LINC. Here are some of them.

1. Search theses and dissertations in ScholarBank@NUS

Since September 2003, most NUS masters and Phd theses are available online via Scholarbank@NUS, our institutional repository. However, none of these online theses can be found through LINC+ or LINC. So you have to search separately in ScholarBank@NUS to find them. FindMore@NUSL includes items from our institutional repository, so a single search will retrieve not just books but also NUS Masters and Phd theses!

2. Search for articles from  journals and newspapers
Students often ask whether they can search through every online journal subscribed by NUS Libraries in a single search. But due to the nature of scholarly communication, this is very difficult to achieve because articles are stored in hundreds of silos owned by different publishers or aggregators all over the world. While FindMore@NUSL does not quite achieve this lofty goal of 100% coverage, we have come closer to it than any other earlier solutions, such as InfoGate, (the “Articles tab”).

We are perpetually adding more journal articles, newspaper articles and other records into FindMore@NUSL. As of Aug 2012, we have over 160 million items that are searchable (mostly full-text). The new system also allows us to easily add open access or free journals. For example, medical staff and students may be interested to know that free articles from Pubmed Central are searchable in FindMore@NUSL. While specialized subject databases will always have their place, FindMore@NUSL is great for cross-disciplinary research and as a starting point if you are not sure which database to use.

3. Match full-text in books
FindMore@NUSL includes both print and ebooks. But, FindMore@NUSL allows you to match keywords searched in the full-text of books and that often includes print books as well! For instance, you may be looking for an obscure phrase and it occurs in page 40 of a book. In LINC+ or LINC, you will probably not find it unless it appears in the title, subject or summary. But FindMore@NUSL has the ability to search within selected books, allowing such matches to be found.

4. Easily filter results by content type
With books, journal articles, newspaper articles, theses and more in FindMore@NUSL and the ability to match on full-text, you tend to get many results. FindMore@NUSL allows you to narrow down your search in many ways. One of the more useful ways is by selecting the content type you are interested in. Need to find 3 peer reviewed articles to cite for your paper? Click on “articles from peer-reviewed publications”.

Thus, we believe that FindMore@NUSL–with its clean interface, quick response and massive content–is a big step ahead in making more of our materials accessible to you, in just a single search! For an overview of FindMore@NUSL refer to our guide or a list of frequently asked questions.

Tay Chee Hsien Aaron
Central Library

More Enhancements In LINC+

Article Search

With the recent upgrade, LINC+ has even more functions than before!

Now, you can search not just the usual stuff from the library catalogue—books, journals, microfilms and multi-media materials—but also articles. These articles are retrieved from four pre-selected databases, namely Business Source Premier, JSTOR, Scopus and Web of Science.

In the middle of the page after some catalogue results, “Top results for articles” shows the top three results from the pre-selected databases.










Clicking on format>articles to the left of the page lets you browse the search results by the four databases. You can also choose articles that are either peer reviewed or have full text. To search other databases simultaneously, click on “More resources” and you’ll be led to the federated search engine InfoGate.








When you’re prompted to login, do use your staff or student card number and library PIN instead of your NUSNET ID and password as you usually do for accessing our subscribed e-resources.

More Searchable Fields & Google Books Preview

Before the latest enhancements, some searches were only possible in LINC, the classic catalogue, but not in LINC+. But now you can search LINC+ by call number, ISBN, and ISSN. For RBR materials, you can also search by either module number or name of the lecturer.  For the bright-eyed ones, you may have noticed that if a Google book preview is available for the book you search, you can launch the preview directly within LINC+.

With each new batch of enhancements, LINC+ becomes even more effective!

Lynette Lim & Hashimah Johari
Music Library & Central Library

Catalogue Goes Mobile

Need to check the catalogue while on the move? We’ve got a mobile version of the catalogue for smartphones users. Just go to http://linc.nus.edu.sg or http://mlinc.nus.edu.sg/ and you’ll see:

mobile LINC

The result page shows the title, author’s name and year of publication. Click on the title to see the location, call number and status of all the copies.

Apart from checking our contact information and opening hours, you can also click on “My account” to check the books that you have borrowed and renew them.

Catalogues: Newer versus Classic

There are two catalogues that co-exist on the library website: LINC+ and LINC.


The default catalogue is LINC+, which looks similar to basic search engines because it has a single search box. It searches the author, title, keyword, subject and notes fields all at the same time. You can refine your results by date, location, format, language and collection. The tags on the right show subject headings that are commonly assigned to books listed in the result. LINC+ is a good tool for browsing the collection.

The classic catalogue, LINC, may look a little more traditional, but don’t dismiss it! It’s excellent for searching if you have something more precise in mind. It allows you to specify which field you want to search, so the results are likely to be more relevant to your needs. For an even more precise search, click on the advanced search tab.

Changes in LINC & LINC+

With effect from 27 Oct, there will be changes to the options of collection scopes in LINC and LINC+ (in the “Refined By” column of search results). The changes are to facilitate your search for materials in specific library and format collections.


Existing Scope Replaced By Remarks

Digital/AV Collection

CD/DVD-ROM Collection Includes CD-I, CD-ROM/DVD-ROM and CD ROM multimedia
E-Resources Collection Includes internet, e-book and resource records
Microforms Collection Includes microfiche and microfilm
Sound Recordings Collection Includes audiocassette and CD-audio
 Videos/Films Collection Includes video-CD, video interactive, digital video, videocassette, video disk (LD) and film
  Theses Collection Theses (NUS) Collection Includes theses submitted to NUS and its predecessors
Theses (Non-NUS) Collection Includes foreign and local theses (from other institutions)


Additional Scope Remarks
Books Collection  
Music Scores Collection  
All NUS Libraries Refers to all the 7 NUS Libraries (i.e. Central Library, C J Koh Law Library, Chinese Library, Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library, Medical/Science Library and Music Library) 


Note: The current default collection scope i.e. “View Entire Collection” which includes all scopes available in LINC and LINC+ remain unchanged.

Unleash your search power: LINC+ Roadshow

Have you tried LINC+, the enhanced library catalogue of the NUS Libraries? If you have not, make a date with us at the LINC+ Road Show taking place from 25th to 29th August 2008. During the period, our librarians will move from faculty to faculty to showcase the new capabilities of our new catalogue.

You will learn new features of LINC+ not available before in the old catalogue, LINC – relevance ranking and faceted browsing of your search results, tag clouds that allow you to narrow or expand your subject focus, book summaries and reviews from Choice, visually rich book covers and display of up to 5 recently catalogued titles on your search topic – all in just one click!!

So don’t miss the chance to have a new experience of searching for information for your papers, assignments, projects or theses. Explore LINC+ and discover how it can unleash your search power. Visit us at our booths during the Road Show:

LINC+ Roadshow Schedule





Aug, 25th Mon

10am to 4pm


Central Library Walkway

Aug 26th Tues

10am to 4pm


Outside LT 6

Aug 27th Wed

10am to 1pm


Next to Co-op at


11am to 2pm


Block B, 2nd Storey, BTC

1pm to 4pm


COM1 Level 2 Foyer

Aug 28th Thurs

10am to 4pm


Outside LT 24/25

Aug 29th Fri

10am to 1pm


Outside LT24/25

1pm to 4pm


Outside MBA student lounge







Hashimah Johari
Central Library

New feature in myLinc – My Reading History

My Reading History is a feature that allows you to save a list of everything that you check out from the library.

After logging in to myLINC, click My Reading History to activate your Reading History function.

Access your Reading History

Click on Opt In to view your Reading History.

Step 2

The system will start tracking your reading history from that moment forward, beginning with titles that you check out AFTER you click ”Opt In”. Anything that you checked out before you clicked on Opt In will NOT be on the list even if you renew the items.

You can delete some or all of the titles on your list whenever you want. Alternatively, you may wish to save or export the list of titles in My Reading History.


Delete all titles listed in My Reading History should you wish to opt out of the function.


After all entries are deleted, click Opt Out to disable My Reading History function.

opting out

Library users need to be aware that using My Reading History means this information is being stored on the NUS Libraries’ server. Anyone with access to your library card number can check your reading history or any other information attached to your account.

Hayati Abdul
Central Library

Unleash Your Search Power!

Our new and hotly anticipated enhanced library catalogue, LINC+, was launched on July 16th. This sleeker version seeks to provide users with a visually rich contents display and more features to enhance navigation. It sits next to our traditional LINC in our new library portal.

With LINC+, staff and students will find the availability of faceted searching, tag clouds, reviews and summaries, fuzzy searching, etc. all coming together to provide an improved user experience.

New Features in LINC+


That’s not all! More enhancements will be introduced in LINC+ and the library portal in phases. These cool enhancements include expanded search results from multiple sources, coverage information of e-resource titles, and a history of your loan record.

Want to know more about LINC+ and our Library Portal? Keep an eye out for our Portal Road Show in August. This road show will see librarians going from faculty to faculty, bringing the portal and its benefits to you.

Meanwhile, try it out for yourself at http://www.lib.nus.edu.sg!

LINC Up: Interesting Changes in the Catalogue

Whether it is called the OPAC system, the online catalogue or LINC, the Library Integrated Catalogue is a core resource of the library. In the course of a day, I use it several times, for reference queries, to find out if we need to buy certain materials, or even for my own personal interests.

The interface has undergone some new changes recently. Some changes I find extremely helpful, and helps me cut down on time needed to sift through results; others, I find not as helpful, although I can see their uses.

The first noticeable change is in the size of the font. Pragmatically, I realise that an increased font size is clearer and easier to read; aesthetically, I find that the increase in size makes the layout look a little clunky.

However, font size is just a small side issue; the major change is in the results page, especially when using the keyword search. I was very impressed by the amount of detail laid out for my search results. Previously, I only had a title and author to go on when deciding whether a book was relevant; if that information was not sufficient, I went through the laborious task of clicking on every promising record to see where the book was located, and if it was available. Moreover, instead of a piffling 12 books per page, the results page now shows a generous 50 results. For someone who prefers scrolling to clicking through to a new page, this is one of the more desirable improvements.

The book covers give a nice graphical touch, and some of the books now have links to summaries and reviews. The relevancy bar (ranging up to 5 bars) is interesting.

I certainly look forward to more changes and improvements in the future, as we upgrade the catalogue to better suit the needs of our increasingly web-savvy students and staff.