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Advanced Library Information Skills for USP Students. Conducted by Mrs. Hew Yik Suan Manager (Science Library). Today’s Topics. How to initiate a systematic approach on conducting research How to search the relevant reference databases available for your subject of study.

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Advanced library information skills for usp students

Advanced Library Information Skillsfor USP Students

Conducted by

Mrs. Hew Yik Suan

Manager (Science Library)


Today s topics

Today’s Topics

  • How to initiate a systematic approach on conducting research

  • How to search the relevant reference databases available for your subject of study


Advanced library information skills for usp students

Starting a Research Project

Identify the

research topic

Initiate a

literature search


How to initiate a literature search

How to initiate a literature search?

  • Start with a simple / quick literature search in LINC

  • Follow with an extensive search in relevant reference databases in Digital Library


Advanced library information skills for usp students

How to construct the search concept?

List synonyms

for each concept

Identify keywords

& main concepts

Think of the broader terms

for each concept to get

abetter perspective

on your research topic


Advanced library information skills for usp students

Research Topic :

Altruism in Animals


Altruism

Altruism

  • Zoology behaviour of an animal that benefits another at its own expense

  • Selfless concern for the well being of others

  • The practice of thinking of the needs and desires of other people instead of your own

  • Sacrifice, if necessary of life itself, so that others, commonly offspring or other genetically close younger relatives, may survive or otherwise benefit.


Search concept research topic altruism in animals

Search ConceptResearch Topic: Altruism in Animals


Search concept research topic a study of eulerian graph

Search ConceptResearch Topic : A Study of Eulerian graph


Advanced library information skills for usp students

Use Boolean operators to formulate

the search statement

  • 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 be present

    For example:

    (Graph! OR Combinatoric*) NOT (Function graph!)

    (altrui! OR unselfish behavior) AND (animal*)

    NOT (ant*)


Search relevance

Search Relevance

How do you know that the search is relevant?

You may consider the following questions :

  • Does the item give an overview of your topic?

  • Does the item cover one or some aspects of your topic?

  • Does the item cover the situation in the country and place that you are covering?


Evaluating sources

Evaluating Sources

How good are the sources?

In evaluating your sources, you may wish to consider the following general criteria:

  • Authority(Is it done by the experts in that field?)

  • Accuracy(Are the information, data or methods reliable?)

  • Objectivity (How objective is it? Is it peer reviewed?)

  • Timeliness(Is the information up-to-date?)


Advanced library information skills for usp students

How do you cite references ?

Book

Chen, J.F. 1995. Nutritional immunology. Provo, Utah: Bright Ideas Press.

Chapter in Book

Williams, M.E. 1992. Molecular biology of cytoplasmic male sterility. In Plant Breeding Reviews, ed. Janick, J., pp. 23-51. New York: Wiley.

Journal Article

Pierrard, V. 2003. Evaporation of hydrogen and helium atoms from the atmospheres of Earch and Mars. Planetary and Space Science51: 319-327.

Conference paper

Turner, S. and Somerville, C. 1995. Analysis of vascular tissue differentiation.

6th International Conference on Arabidopsis Research. 93-95.

Theses

Ng Khee Yew. 1997. Regulation of photosynthesis and phloem transport in Oncidium Goldiana. (B.Sc. Hons.) School of Biological Sciences, The National University of Singapore. Pp. 126


Advanced library information skills for usp students

Searching one database may not be sufficient, do the search in a few other relevant databases to get wider coverage and perspective.


Abstracts and indexes

Abstracts and Indexes

Biological Sciences

Reference Databases in Digital Library :

BIOSIS Previews

Science Citation Index

SciFinder Scholar

PubMed

Encyclopedia of Life Sciences

Standalone CD-ROMs in Science Library:

Life Science CD

Focus on Genetics

Zoological Abstracts on Compact Disc


Advanced library information skills for usp students

Abstracts and Indexes

Mathematics

Reference Databases in Digital Library :

MathSciNet

Science Citation Index

NUSNET (via CD-ROM on Windows)

Encyclopedia of Mathematics

Standalone CD-ROMs in Science Library:

Current Index to Statistics CIS Extended Database

Calculus Live

MathCad 2001


Abstracts and indexes1

Abstracts and Indexes

  • Physics

  • Reference Databases in Digital Library:

    • INSPEC

    • Science Citation Index

    • SPIN (Searchable Physics Information Notices)

  • Standalone CD-ROMs in Science Library

    • Powder Diffraction File

    • Handbook of Chemistry and Physics


  • Abstracts and indexes2

    Abstracts and Indexes

    Computer Science

    Reference Databases in Digital Library :

    • IEEE Xplore

    • ISI Essential Science Indicators

    • ISI Proceedings

    • INSPEC

    • ACM Online Guide to Computing Literature

    • MathSciNet

      Standalone CD-ROMs in Science Library:

    • ISTP on CD-ROM

    • Computer Abstracts

    • Hilites Database


    Abstracts and indexes3

    Abstracts and Indexes

    Chemistry

    • Reference Databases in Digital Library :

      • SciFinder Scholar

      • Science Citation Index

      • Dictionary of Substances and their Effects

      • MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets)

      • Food Science and Technology

  • Standalone CD-ROMs in Science Library:

    • Powder Diffraction File

    • Official Methods of Analysis of AOAC International

    • Properties of Organic Compounds

    • ACD/ Labs Software: IUPAC Name Pro 4.5 & Aldrich FT-NMR Library Pro 4.5


  • Reference databases search

    Reference Databases Search

    • ScienceDirect consists of:

      • BIOSIS Previews

      • INSPEC

      • Compendex

      • MEDLINE

    • MathSciNet


    Access the digital library

    Access the Digital Library

    http://www.lib.nus.edu.sg/digital/index.html


    Advanced library information skills for usp students

    Access the Digital Library off-Campus

    http://www.lib.nus.edu.sg/help/digital/accessdl.html


    Biosis previews

    BIOSIS Previews

    • BIOSIS Previews is the reference database in the Life Sciences

    • Links to full text journals, access depend on whether NUS Libraries subscribes to them

    • Requires login ID and Password for using full search features

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


    Mathscinet

    MathSciNet

    MathSciNet is a searchable database providing access to “Mathematical Reviews” and “Current Mathematical Publications” both produced by the American Mathematical Society.


    Mathscinet1

    MathSciNet

    It provides:

    Fulltext coverage of “Mathematical Reviews” from to the present (updated monthly)

    Bibliographic data for recent and forthcoming publications in “Current Mathematical Publications” (updated daily)


    Useful writing guides

    Useful Writing Guides

    Guide to the successful thesis and dissertation/ J. E. Mauch & J. W. Birch. – Marcel Dekker,1998. (LB2369 Mau) (SC Ref 9)

    Mathematics into type. Updated ed. – American Mathematical Society, 1999. (T11 Swa) (SC Ref 9)

    The scientist’s handbook for writing papers and dissertations/ A. M. Wilkinson. – Prentice Hall, 1991. (T11 Wil) (SC Ref 9)


    Useful writing guides1

    Useful Writing Guides

    A student handbook for writing in biology/ K. Knisely. – Freeman, 2002. (QH304 Kni 2002) (SC Ref 5)

    The write right guide /C. Low & D. Pan. - 5th ed. – Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning, NUS. (PE1408 Low 2003) (SC Ref 9)

    Writing research papers : a complete guide/ J. D. Lester. - 9th ed. – Longman,1999. (LB2369 Les) (SC Ref 9)

    Writing science through critical thinking / M. F. Moriarty. Jones & Bartlett Pub., 1997. (T11 Mor) (SC Main Shelves)


    What do you do when the materials you want is not found in the nus libraries

    What do you do when the materials you want is not found in the NUS Libraries?

    You may request the library to obtain the item for you through electronic forms available at Digital Library

    Request for Document Delivery

    Request to Purchase New Books for the Library

    Request to Subscribe to New Journals for the Library

    Check whether other major local libraries (NTU, Singapore Polytechnic, Botanic Gardens) hold a particular book or journal


    Advanced library information skills for usp students

    Thank You !


    Advanced library information skills for usp students

    Science Library

    Exercises for the Advanced Library Information Skills for USP Students

    Workshop

    1. Construct a search statement for the following research topic. (Select one of them)

    a). A study of Zebra-fish trade in Singapore

    b). Quantum theory of tunneling

    c). A study of Set Theory and Logic

    2. List the keywords, synonyms, and broader terms for the topic

    KeywordsSynonymsBroader Terms

    3. What reference databases are you going to use for the above topic?

    4. Too many references? Too less references? What can you do to broaden or narrow down the search?


    Search concept research topic a study of zebra fish trade in singapore

    Search ConceptResearchTopic : A study of Zebra-fish trade in Singapore


    Research topic quantum theory of tunneling

    Research Topic: Quantum theory of tunneling

    KeywordSynonyms Broader Terms

    QuantumQuantum mechanic Physics

    Theory

    TunnelingPotential barrier Junction


    A study of set theory and logic

    A study of Set theory and Logic

    KeywordSynonymsBroader Term

    Set theorySymbolic Mathematics

    LogicReasoningMethodology

    thought & Intellect

    thinkingPhilosophy


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