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1 Search for information like a Pro! Start your research on the right foot! Tay Chee Hsien, Aaron Librarian, Central Library Tel :

2 Librarians History, Humanities TIM Yap Fan Principal Librarian Social Science HAYATI bte Abdul Senior Librarian Business WONG Kah Wei Senior Librarian Design & Environment Librarian WONG Huey Lih Winnifred Engineering & Computer Science Librarian PU Fang Chiong Law Senior Librarian LEE Su-Lin Science Librarian LIM Eng Kiat, Kenneth Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing Senior Librarian LEE Seok Hong Music Librarian LIM Kim Cheng, Lynette

3 Want to chat?

4 Objectives Basic tools & techniques Boolean, wildcard, truncation, parentheses Sources Books (LINC) Articles Evaluating sources Criteria for evaluating sources Why cite? Copyright Citation styles Dissertations and Theses, patents, standards etc. Citation and copyright 1

5 Boolean operators

6 Fluoride Water AND Water Fluoride Boolean “AND”

7 University College OR University College Boolean “OR” = 95

8 OR Order of Operations xX10 ==54 )( Reduction AND Poor OR Poverty ) (

9 OR Wild cards Usage Variation in spellings Examples Organi zs?e

10 OR Truncation Usage Variation in spellings Examples Improv ement e * ing

11 OR Exceptions Google/Google scholar LINC+LINC keyword* ANDImplied Accepted ORAcceptedIgnoredAccepted * Note wildcard * truncates 1-5 characters

12 Sources Source BooksArticleThesisNewspapersStatistics Patents, Standards Diaries, memoirs, recorded oral histories

13 OR Scopus Multidisciplinary Indexing database (no full text) Usually offers links to full text Good design, useful tools and easy to use

14 Ethics in waste disposal (ethic* or responsibilit*) dispos* or manag* or treat* (ethic* or responsibilit*) and (waste or biohazard*) and (dispos* or manag* or treat* ) Let’s search Scopus (waste or biohazard*)

15 OR Database ScopusWeb of Science Coverage Journal coverage 13,690 Journals* 8,901 Journals* Geographic coverage Stronger in Asia Mostly western focus Subject coverage Multi- disciplinary *Gavel, Y., & Iselid, L. (2008). Web of Science and Scopus: a journal title overlap study. Online Information Review, 32(1), 8-21.

16 OR Web of Science Includes the most prestigious journals Covers not just science but also social science and humanities Indexing database (no full text)

17 OR But before we search …..

18 What is EndNote A software that: stores and organizes citations inserts citations into a Word document Format references in a predefined citation style

19 EndNote To install EndNote X3, please refer to the instructions at l l For more on Endnote - All technical queries regarding EndNote (eg installation) should be directed to IT Care at tel: or

20 Ethics in waste disposal (ethic* or responsibilit*) (dispos* or manag* or treat*) (ethic* or responsibilit*) and (waste or biohazard*) and (dispos* or manag* or treat* ) Let’s search Web of Science (waste or biohazard*)

21 Subject databases Business Source Premier, ABI/Inform, Econlit, EIU.com Business/Econs JSTOR, SAGE, Social Sciences Abstracts, Expanded Academic ASAP Social science International Political Science Abstracts (IPSA), Lexis-Nexus Public Policy/ Political science/ Law PubMed, The Cochrane Library (via Wiley InterScience), ScienceDirect, SciFinder scholar Science/Medical Engineering Village 2, IEEE Xplore, ENGnetBASE : Engineering Handbooks Online, ACM Digital Library, CiteSeer Engineering/Computer Science Sample databases

22 Subject guides

23 InfoGate – search many databases at one time

24 InfoGate – search many databases at one time

25 Document Delivery Service Free All requests must be approved by Supervisor

26 * Lacks advertisements, obituaries and illustrations Newspapers Straits Times Before 1990 Search in NewspaperSG NewspaperSG Search in NewspaperSG. Find full text in Factiva* or MicroformsNewspaperSGFactivaMicroforms After 2006 Search in Factiva* or Lexis-Nexus Academic*Factiva Lexis-Nexus Academic

27 * Lacks advertisements, obituaries and illustrations Newspapers II E-Resources Newspapers.nl.sg – coverage and sourcescoverage and sources Factiva; LexisNexis Both cover major world & regional newspapers Press Clippings articles from Straits Times and Business Times articles on Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei & entity of ASEAN arranged by subjects alphabetically and chronologically Microfilms Straits Times & Business Times

28 Theses & Dissertations 1) ProQuest Dissertations and Theses ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Covers North-American Masters and Phd theses 2) NUS ThesesNUS Theses Print copies Electronic Thesis Database (ScholarBank) – Forthcoming!ScholarBank 3) Other ThesesOther Theses Edinburgh Research Archive : Medicine and Veterinary Medicine E-thesis- Electronic Publications at the University of Helsinki : Faculty of Medicine Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) North Carolina State University : Search Available ETDs OhioLINK ETD Center Pennsylvania State University Electronic Theses and Dissertations Archives Vanderbilt University : Electronic Theses and Dissertations Yale Medicine Thesis Digital Library Project

29 * How to search for information to determine the market and technology readiness of an inventionHow to search for information to determine the market and technology readiness of an invention Statistics Market research reports Industry profiles Company financials Company analyst reports Newspaper/magazine articles Technology development articles Technology application reports Product reviews Frost and Sullivan Global Market Information Database Business Source Premier OneSource Osiris and Orbis ISI Emerging Markets Factiva Lexisnexis Academic

30 * Economics graduate students Year 2009 (Slide 78-85)Economics graduate students Year 2009 Statistics II

31 Standards I 1a) Singapore standardsSingapore standards Call no. T SS (mostly in CL Reference 10)T SS CL Reference 10 1b) Singapore standard[s] : [code of practice]Singapore standard[s] : [code of practice] Call no. T SSC ( CL Reference 10T SSC CL Reference 10 Prefix: SS (for Singapore Standard) CP (for Code of Practice) We DO HAVE COMPLETE set of Hard copy, NOT electronic copy

32 Standards II 2) British Standards Online (Web)British Standards Online Prefix: BS We DO NOT have every of them 3) IHS Standards expert. IEC (Web)IHS Standards expert. IEC Prefix: IEC, and ISO We DO NOT have every of them Sometimes called IEC Standards IEC stands for International Electrotechnical Commission CEI in French (Commission Électrotechnique Internationale)

33 Standards III 4) IEEE Xplore (Web)IEEE Xplore Prefix: IEEE Some ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standards One National Electrical Safety Code 2007 edition 5) American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standards SourceAmerican Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standards Source Prefix: ASTM usually followed by a letter, E.g. ASTM E Users might refer above standard as E instead of ASTM E For more information about standards, please approach Karen Yap

34 Patents 1) Patsnap(Web)Patsnap New! Covers worldwide patents – currently include the full US, EP, WIPO/PCT and China patents databases Provides alerts, analytics, citation maps Updated weekly. 2) Google PatentGoogle Patent Covers US Patents only at USPTO 3)SurfIPSurfIP Covers Singapore patents For more information about searching patents, please approach Loh Mee Lan

35 Conclusion How to use Boolean operators, wildcards & Truncation Basic knowledge of features in Scopus, Web of Science and the differences between them. Sources to look for when searching Theses and dissertations Newspapers Standards Patents

36 Conclusion BONUS (if time permits)

37 Google Scholar – Proxy bookmarklet 1.Search for proxy bookmarklet in Lib Portal 2. Install it on your Internet browser in favorites folder or on your browser tool bar 3. How to use video on Youtube (sorry, no narration or captions yet)


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