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Economics Library Tutorial. Conducted by Lim-Yeo Pin Pin Dip IM Lib UNSW, B Soc Sc Hons NUS Reference & Information Services Dept Central Library. Objective. To save your time To show you how and where to start your research To improve your research methods

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economics library tutorial

Economics Library Tutorial

Conducted by

Lim-Yeo Pin Pin

Dip IM Lib UNSW, B Soc Sc Hons NUS

Reference & Information Services Dept

Central Library

objective
Objective
  • To save your time
  • To show you how and where to start your research
  • To improve your research methods
  • To show you advanced features of LINC
outline
Outline
  • Doing Research
  • Using LINC
  • Using indexes
  • Using other materials
  • Conclusion
doing research
Doing Research
  • Select topic
  • Get an overview of topic
  • Do an outline for the different sections
  • Search for materials on topic or section
  • Read and understand materials
  • Start writing
tips for doing research
Tips for Doing Research
  • Be patient
  • Be systematic
  • Record the full details of citations
  • Write clearly
search strategy

List terms to describe concepts

Fertility, Births, Population?

Government policy, Social policy, Planning

Singapore - In 1990s, In 1960s?

START

Use references in books and articles to get more readings

Note location and call # to get material

List concepts in topic

Eg: How government policy affect fertility in Singapore

Use LINC to check if the Library has?

Information sufficient?

N

Consult

- Tutor

- Librarian

Y

END

Search Strategy
  • Search for materials
  • - Articles (journals, newspapers)
  • Books
  • Facts (Statistics)
search statement10
Search Statement
  • (fertility OR birth*) AND (policy OR planning)

Boolean operators

  • AND is used to indicate that both terms must be present
  • OR is used to indicate that either terms may be present
  • NOT is used to indicate that one term must not be present
sources of information
Newspapers

Current Contents

Conference papers

Journal articles

Books

Journal articles

Current

Last week

Last month

Last year

Retrospective

Last 10 years

Sources of Information
search for information
Library Catalogue

LINC

Books

Journals

Conference Proceedings

Search for Information

Type of Materials

What to use

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LINC
  • LINC: Library INtegrated Catalogue
  • LINC is available:
    • in all the NUS Libraries
    • on NUSNET
    • on the Web
      • http://linc.nus.edu.sg
slide16
LINC
  • Theses call number:
    • Economics
    • HD30 *2000 18
    • Business Administration
    • HF345 *1999 5
linc demonstration
LINC Demonstration
  • http://linc.nus.edu.sg/
what you can do in linc
What you can do in LINC
  • Search for materials held in the library
  • Request (reservation) for items
    • Due, Request Item, In process, At binding, On order
  • Renew books on loan to you
    • Twice per item only
  • View your library record for checked-out items, requested items or library fines
  • Get help with using LINC
loan entitlement
Loan Entitlement
  • Main shelves or closed stacks books
    • 15 books for 28 days
  • Bound periodicals or closed stacks periodicals
    • bound journals for 1 day
  • RBR materials
    • 2 hours or overnight
  • Renew online twice
  • Fines for overdue books
rate of fines
Materials

RBR

Main Shelves book

Closed Stacks book

Bound periodical

Closed Stacks periodical

Rate

$1.00 per hour

$0.50 per day

$1.00 per day

Rate of Fines
search for information21
Chapters in Books

Journal Article

Conference papers

Indexes & Abstracts

Digital Library

CD-ROM

Printed

Search for Information

Type of Materials

What to use

indexes abstracts
Indexes & Abstracts
  • Identify articles in journals, papers in conference proceedings, chapters in books, depending on the scope.
  • Gives bibliographic citation of item.
  • Abstracts give summary of item.
  • Covers hundreds of journals
indexes abstracts23
Indexes & Abstracts

TI: Asia\'s Family Planning Programs as Low Fertility Is Attained

AU: Jones,-Gavin; Leete,-Richard

SO: Studies-in-Family-Planning; 33(1), March 2002, pages 114-26.

AB: The dramatic demographic changes in Asia during the three decades from 1970 to the end of the twentieth century were matched by major changes in government population policies and programs. Fertility declines occurred in widely different economic, sociocultural, and political settings. …

  • EconLit
indexes abstracts formats
Indexes & Abstracts Formats
  • Databases on Web
    • Digital Library
    • http://www.lib.nus.edu.sg/digital/
  • CD-ROMs on standalone PCs in Library
    • Borrow from Information Desk
web index databases for economics
Web index databases for Economics
  • EconLit (Economic Literature)
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies
  • EAI (Expanded Academic Index)
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
  • SSCI (Social Sciences Citation Index)
  • Social Science Abstracts
  • ABI/Inform Complete
  • Perind
  • Factiva
  • Current Contents Connect
cd roms for economics
CD-ROMs for Economics
  • PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service)
  • ASSIA (Applied Social Sciences Index & Abstracts)
  • Geobase
  • Transport
full text for economics
Full text for Economics
  • ABI/Inform Complete
  • EIU Viewswire Asia
  • Ejournals
  • Ebooks
steps in using indexes
Steps in using Indexes
  • Determine most appropriate indexes to use
  • Use search statement
  • Search again using subject headings, identifiers found in relevant records
  • Mark and download relevant records
  • Check if available in library
evaluate search
Evaluate Search
  • Too many records
    • use AND to narrow search
  • Too few records
    • use OR to broaden search
  • Many irrelevant records
    • use AND to narrow search
  • No records
    • use more general terms
    • reduce number of terms used
    • refocus search
statistical data
Statistical Data
  • IFS (International Financial Statistics)
  • ISY (International Statistical Yearbook)
  • STC (Singapore Trade Connection)
  • EIU Country Data (via Digital Library)
  • Global Development Finance
  • Source OECD (via Digital Library)
  • World Data
trend
TREND
  • For time series data on Singapore in Excel format
  • Data is the same as those published in publications like Yearbook of Statistics or Economic Survey
  • Example of data available: GDP, GNP, CPF contributions & withdrawals, Interest rates.
  • Fill TREND request form, get supervisor’s & head’s signature, submit form to Information Desk in Central Library
press clippings
Press Clippings
  • In-house collection of newspaper articles from The Straits Times and Business Times
  • Articles about Singapore, Malaysia, ASEAN
  • Articles grouped by broad headings
    • Economic conditions
    • Labour
    • Public finance
    • Transport & communications
factiva academic universe
Factiva & Academic Universe
  • Access over 8,000 full-text sources including newspapers (local and international), newswires and trade journals
  • Includes The Straits Times, Business Times and Bangkok Post
  • Accessible to NUS students & staff on Digital Library
access to nusnet
Access to NUSNET
  • To access Exam Papers and Digital Library databases you must be logged in to NUSNET
  • To access NUSNET on campus, use terminals in computer clusters
  • To access NUSNET from home, check with Computer Centre User Support
    • http://www.dialup.nus.edu.sg/
    • http://www.nus.edu.sg/vpn/
materials not in the library
Materials NOT in the library
  • Use another library which has the item
    • Check whether other libraries have the item through their OPAC
    • Call the other library for permission & procedures
  • Via Digital Library Electronic Forms
    • Request the Library to buy
    • Borrow from the local or overseas libraries (inter-library loan)
    • Obtain photocopy from local or overseas libraries (document delivery)
      • All requests must be signed by the lecturer or supervisor
citing style manuals
Citing: Style Manuals
  • Chicago manual of style : the essential guide for writers, editors and publishers. 14th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993.
  • Turabian, Kate L. A manual for writers of term papers, theses and dissertations. 6th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.
  • LION : How to cite references
    • http://www.lib.nus.edu.sg/lion/s/citation.html
citing book
Low, Linda. 2002. Rethinking the Singapore development state and growth model. Singapore : Faculty of Business Administration, National University of Singapore. Citing Book

Book title

Author/Editor

Publication details

citing conference paper
Abeysighe, Tiilak. 1993. A small-scale model to forecast GDP growth of Singapore. InWorkshop on Economic Forecasting. 10 February 1993, Singapore. Singapore : National University of Singapore, Dept of Economics & Statistics, Econometrics Studies Unit.Citing Conference Paper

Author

Conference paper title

Conference title

Publication details

citing journal article
Kalirajan, K.P. and Shantakumar, G.1998. Ageing Labour Force in a Labour Shortage Economy: The Case ofSingapore. International Journal of Social Economics 25(2): 486-503Citing Journal Article

Author of article

Article title

Journal title

Volume, issue, page no

why cite
Why Cite?
  • To help readers verify your claims
  • To lend support to arguments by referring to authoritative sources
  • To acknowledge intellectual debt
  • To show the research done
tips for literature search
Tips for Literature Search
  • Be patient
  • Be systematic
  • Record the full details of citations
  • Write clearly
  • Ask librarian for help if you have problems
evaluate results
Authority

Author

Publisher

Accuracy

Factual

References

Objectivity & Purpose

Biased

Scholarly

Review process

Peer reviewed

Frequently cited

Suitability

Information required

Language

Timeliness

Date

Period covered

Evaluate Results
library instruction online
Library Instruction Online

http://www.lib.nus.edu.sg/lion/

student advisory service
Student Advisory Service
  • Personal help for your thesis topic
  • Help with using indexes
  • Help with sources of information

Email: [email protected]

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