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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

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.

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

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.