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Library resources for module hy2259 the craft of history 21 jan 2014

Library resources for module HY2259: The Craft of History(21-Jan-2014)

Resource librarians
Resource librarians

Tim Yap Fuan ([email protected] )

Magali Briquet ([email protected] )

Herman Felani Md. Yunos ([email protected] )

Winnifred Wong ([email protected] )

Han Ming Guang ( [email protected] )

Online library guides
Online library guides


  • Overview

  • Finding secondary sources (books, articles & theses)

  • Finding primary sources

  • Others

Primary sources vs secondary sources
Primary sources vs. secondary sources

  • First-hand testimony, direct evidence of event

  • Examples: diaries, interview, letters

  • Created later by someone who didn’t experience the event

  • Examples: scholarly books, articles, theses, dissertations

Primary sources available in nus libraries
Primary sources available in NUS Libraries

  • Singapore

  • China

  • South Asia

  • U.K. & U.S.A.

  • Others

Secondary sources available in nus libraries
Secondary sources available in NUS Libraries

  • Books

  • Journals

  • Theses & dissertations

Finding library resources
Finding Library resources


  • Library catalogue

  • Lists items in the library collection, including books, e-books, journals, e-journals, databases, multimedia items, etc

  • FindMore

  • (Over 330 million records, Jan. 14)

Books, journals, multi-media items, theses, etc in library collection


LINC - Library catalogue(1.7 million records)

  • Articlesfrom academic journals, magazines, newspapers

  • Content from some specialised databases isnot searchable by FindMore

  • FindMore Guide

  • FindMore FAQs


  • “Rules for Rulers: Obscure Texts, Authority, and Policing in Two Malay States”, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 32, 2 (2001), pp. 211-25.

2 finding secondary sources books articles theses
2. Finding secondary sources (books, articles & theses)

Starting points for singapore studies
Starting points for Singapore studies

Singapore : the encyclopedia

Singapore : Editions Didier Millet, 2006.*eng

Singapore, National Library Board.


Starting points for singapore studies1
Starting points for Singapore studies


  • Use the keywords found:

    • SIT

    • Singapore Improvement Trust

    • HDB

    • Housing and Development Board

  • Limit by subject terms “History”


  • Indexes and Abstracts

    • Search across hundreds to thousands of journals

    • Provides abstracts

    • Peer-reviewed journal

  • E-book databases

Which database to search
Which database to search?



  • Full-text:

    • JSTOR : contains only back issues (start from the first issue up to 3 to 5 years before the present)

    • Project Muse

    • ACLS Humanities E-Book

  • History-specific indexes

    • Historical Abstracts

      • Excludes United States and Canada

    • A Sense of History (Bibliography - Singapore)


  • Asian studies-specific indexes:

    • Bibliography of Asian Studies(BAS)

    • PERIND

  • Other indexes:

    • International Bibliography of the Social Science (IBSS)

    • Web of Science (SSCI, AHCI)

    • Scopus

    • Humanities Index


  • Singapore studies:

    • PERIND (Periodical index re. Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei , ASEAN)

    • A Sense of History (Bibliography - Singapore) : select bibliography produced by NUS Libraries, lists primary and secondary sources on the history of Singapore.

Finding theses dissertations
Finding theses & dissertations

  • NUS

  • Academic Exercises (HTs)

  • Before Sep 2003 (Print)

  • LINC

  • Masters (by research)& PhD theses

  • After Sep 2003 (e-theses)

  • FindMore

  • Purchased theses

  • (Print, CD-ROM)

  • LINC

  • LINC

  • - Proquestdissertations& theses

  • - Index to theses

  • Theses databases

  • Non-NUS(Foreign)

  • Repositories of universities

How do I find theses?

History dept hts
History Dept. HTs

  • Selected HTs only

  • Conduct a call no. search in library catalogue

  • Call no. for History Dept. HTs: D6

  • Browse records

[email protected]

  • Collections:

    • Electronic theses & dissertations

    • Scholarly outputs of NUS community including articles, conference papers, etc

Hands on

  • Go to the library catalogue, FindMore (

  • Find as many resources as possible on Cinema in Singapore in 1950s.

  • Present your results to the class.

  • Duration: 10 min

Search tips subject headings
Search tips : subject headings

  • Subjects heading :

    • Established terms

    • Chosen by librarian

    • To ensure consistency in organizing library materials

3 finding primary sources
3. Finding primary sources

Timeline of newspapers collection available in nus libraries
Timeline of newspapers collection available in NUS Libraries

1600 1700 1800 1900 2000




Singapore pre-war newspapers

Singapore newspapers (in Chinese Library)

Microform collection

Press clippings

Eighteenth Century Journals

Proquest Historical Newspapers



Microfilm or microfiche


Electronic, print, microform

Microform collection

Guide - Newspapers

Newspapers online
Newspapers online

  • news articles from major national and international newspapers, trade journals, and wires.

  • Includes Straits Times, Business Times, Financial Times, etc…

  • Straits Times :

    • coverage:1 July 1989 – to date.

    • excludes stories from news agencies and contributors.

  • l

    • Provides full text of hundreds of news sources including newspapers, magazines, and newsletters.

    • It is updated daily.

    • Straits Times:

      • coverage: 1 May 1992 – to date

  • Historical newspapers online
    Historical newspapers online

    • ProquestHistorical Newspapers:

      • Chicago Defender (1910-1975)

      • Chicago Tribune (1849-1989)

      • The Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer (1791-2003)

      • Los Angeles Times (1881-1989)

      • The New York Times (1851-2009)

      • The Times of India (1838-2003)

      • The Wall Street Journal (1889-1995)

      • The Washington Post (1877-1996)

    Historical newspapers online1
    Historical newspapers online

    • Gale NewsVault:

      • The Economist historical archive, 1843-2009

      • The Financial Times historical archive, 1888-2009

      • The Sunday times digital archive, 1822-2006

      • The Times Digital Archive, 1785-1985

      • Times Literary Supplement historical archive, 1902-2008

    Hands on newspaper database
    Hands-on: Newspaper database

    • Subject: British Labour party & military withdrawal from Singapore, 1964-1967

      • Point of view of British Government

      • Why did this decision was made?

    • Read extracts from Infopedia & History of Modern Singapore.

    • Find relevant keywords in those extracts

    • Select one newspapers database

    • Find primary sources in this database

    • 15 min

    Hands on newspaper database1
    Hands-on: Newspaper database

    Source: Singapore, National Library Board. “British Withdrawal from Singapore.” Accessed January 17, 2014, .

    Hands on newspaper database2
    Hands-on: Newspaper database

    Source: Turnbull, C. M. , A History of Modern Singapore, 1819-2005. Singapore: NUS Press, 2009, p. 305

    Timeline of sources for singapore history available in nus libraries
    Timeline of sources for Singapore history available in NUS Libraries

    • …. and local, foreign newspapers

    1800 1850 1900 1950 2000

    IOR* , SSR*

    CO* files, etc…

    Annual reports

    House of Commons Parliamentary Papers

    Sg Parliamentary Debates

    Hansard (Parliamentary debates)

    Papers of Lew Kuan Yew



    *IOR: India Office records

    *SSR: Straits Settlements records

    *CO: Colonial Office


    Microfilm or microfiche


    Electronic, print, microform

    Guide – Sg Primary Sources

    Government records co records
    Government Librariesrecords : CO records

    Incl. correspondence between the Governor and the Colonial Office.

    Legislative & Executive Council Proceedings (minutes of meetings), annual departmental reports

    Government records colonial office
    Government Librariesrecords : Colonial Office

    Official newspaper produced by the government . Content incl. proclamations by the governor, notice of appointments, texts of ordinances.

    Hands on finding the relevant keywords
    Hands-on: Finding the relevant keywords Libraries

    • Subject: Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT)*

      • Which keywords would you use to search the Kratoska's index and find the relevant Colonial Office records (CO 273) about SIT?

      • Find at least 3 keywords

      • Get help from Singapore: the Encyclopedia

    * It was set up in 1927

    Hands on finding the relevant keywords1
    Hands-on: Finding the relevant keywords Libraries

    Source: Koh, Tommy T. B., Timothy Auger, Jimmy Yap, Wei Chian Ng, Siok Ai Sng, Singapore. National Heritage Board., and Singapore. Ministry of Information Communications and the Arts. Singapore : The Encyclopedia. Singapore: Editions Didier Millet, 2006.

    Singapore primary sources
    Singapore primary sources Libraries

    • The Papers of Lee Kuan Yew: Speeches, Interviews and Dialogues

      • Lib has 1st series (1950-1990)

      • 2nd series (1990-2011) – Not published yet

    Timeline of sources for chinese history available in nus libraries
    Timeline of Sources for Chinese History available in NUS Libraries

    • …. and newspapers

    • …. Chinese Library’s resources

    1800 1850 1900 1950 2000

    China : culture and society (The Wason Pamphlet Collection, c1750-1929)

    China : trade, politics & culture, 1793-1980

    FO files*





    *FBIS: Daily report. Foreign Broadcast Information Service, 1974-1996

    *FO: Foreign Office files for China, 1949-1980 (U.K. archives)

    *NCCO: Nineteenth Century collections online, (e.g. Dispatches from U.S. Consuls in Shanghai, China, 1847-1906)


    Microfilm or microfiche


    Electronic, print, microform

    Others Libraries

    National archives of singapore
    National Archives of Singapore Libraries

    Guide to sources in nas
    Guide to sources in NAS Libraries

    Guide to the sources of history in Singapore / [editor, Ong Choo Suat].

    Singapore : National Archives , [1989]

    Call no. Z3268 Gui

    National archives of singapore oral history center
    National Archives of Singapore : Oral History Center Libraries

    • “Steps to Conducting Your Own Oral History Project”:

    • Oral History Centre, (Singapore). Memories & Reflections : The Singapore Experience : Documenting a Nation's History through Oral History. 2nd ed. Singapore: Oral History Centre, National Archives of Singapore, 2007.*eng

    Library LibrariesPortal,

    NUS Libraries subject guides,

    History subject guide,

    Singapore primary sources subject guide,

    Library FAQs,

    [email protected],

    How to search for theses?,

    Library proxy bookmarklet,

    FindMore guide,

    E-Books guide,

    Links to resources

    Feedback Libraries