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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

Conducted by

Lim-Yeo Pin Pin

Dip IM Lib UNSW, B Soc Sc Hons NUS

Reference & Information Services Dept

Central Library

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  • 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

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  • Doing Research

  • Using LINC

  • Using indexes

  • Using other materials

  • Conclusion

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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

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Tips for Doing Research

  • Be patient

  • Be systematic

  • Record the full details of citations

  • Write clearly

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List terms to describe concepts

Fertility, Births, Population?

Government policy, Social policy, Planning

Singapore - In 1990s, In 1960s?


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?



- Tutor

- Librarian



Search Strategy

  • Search for materials

  • - Articles (journals, newspapers)

  • Books

  • Facts (Statistics)

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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

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Current Contents

Conference papers

Journal articles


Journal articles


Last week

Last month

Last year


Last 10 years

Sources of Information

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Library Catalogue




Conference Proceedings

Search for Information

Type of Materials

What to use

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  • LINC: Library INtegrated Catalogue

  • LINC is available:

    • in all the NUS Libraries

    • on NUSNET

    • on the Web


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  • Theses call number:

    • Economics

    • HD30 *2000 18

    • Business Administration

    • HF345 *1999 5

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LINC Demonstration


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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

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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

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Main Shelves book

Closed Stacks book

Bound periodical

Closed Stacks periodical


$1.00 per hour

$0.50 per day

$1.00 per day

Rate of Fines

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Chapters in Books

Journal Article

Conference papers

Indexes & Abstracts

Digital Library



Search for Information

Type of Materials

What to use

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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

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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

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Indexes & Abstracts Formats

  • Databases on Web

    • Digital Library


  • CD-ROMs on standalone PCs in Library

    • Borrow from Information Desk

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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

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CD-ROMs for Economics

  • PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service)

  • ASSIA (Applied Social Sciences Index & Abstracts)

  • Geobase

  • Transport

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Full text for Economics

  • ABI/Inform Complete

  • EIU Viewswire Asia

  • Ejournals

  • Ebooks

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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

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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

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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

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  • 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

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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

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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

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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



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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

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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


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Low, Linda. 2002. Rethinking the Singapore development state and growth model. Singapore : Faculty of Business Administration, National University of Singapore.

Citing Book

Book title


Publication details

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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


Conference paper title

Conference title

Publication details

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

Citing Journal Article

Author of article

Article title

Journal title

Volume, issue, page no

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Why Cite? growth of Singapore.

  • 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

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Tips for Literature Search growth of Singapore.

  • Be patient

  • Be systematic

  • Record the full details of citations

  • Write clearly

  • Ask librarian for help if you have problems

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Authority growth of Singapore.






Objectivity & Purpose



Review process

Peer reviewed

Frequently cited


Information required




Period covered

Evaluate Results

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Library Instruction Online growth of Singapore.

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Student Advisory Service growth of Singapore.

  • Personal help for your thesis topic

  • Help with using indexes

  • Help with sources of information