Library resources for module HY2259: The Craft of History(21-Jan-2014)
Resource librarians Tim Yap Fuan (firstname.lastname@example.org ) Magali Briquet (email@example.com ) Herman Felani Md. Yunos (firstname.lastname@example.org ) Winnifred Wong (email@example.com ) Han Ming Guang ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Online library guides http://libguides.nus.edu.sg/history http://libguides.nus.edu.sg/sgprimarysources
Content • Overview • Finding secondary sources (books, articles & theses) • Finding primary sources • Others
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 • Singapore • China • South Asia • U.K. & U.S.A. • Others
Secondary sources available in NUS Libraries • Books • Journals • Theses & dissertations
Finding Library resources • LINC, Databases, FindMore, ScholarBank@NUS, RBR, Exam Papers
LINC • 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 Databases 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
Demo • “Rules for Rulers: Obscure Texts, Authority, and Policing in Two Malay States”, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 32, 2 (2001), pp. 211-25.
Starting points for Singapore studies Singapore : the encyclopedia Singapore : Editions Didier Millet, 2006. http://linc.nus.edu.sg:2084/record=b2509793*eng Singapore, National Library Board. Infopedia http://infopedia.nl.sg/
Starting points for Singapore studies http://linc.nus.edu.sg/record=b2665942
FindMore • Use the keywords found: • SIT • Singapore Improvement Trust • HDB • Housing and Development Board • Limit by subject terms “History”
Databases • Indexes and Abstracts • Search across hundreds to thousands of journals • Provides abstracts • Peer-reviewed journal • E-book databases
Which database to search? http://libguides.nus.edu.sg/history 18
Databases • 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)
Databases • 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
Databases • 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 • 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 • ScholarBank@NUS • - Proquestdissertations& theses • - Index to theses • Theses databases • Non-NUS(Foreign) • Repositories of universities How do I find theses?
History Dept. HTs • Selected HTs only • Conduct a call no. search in library catalogue • Call no. for History Dept. HTs: D6 • Browse records
ScholarBank@NUS • Collections: • Electronic theses & dissertations • Scholarly outputs of NUS community including articles, conference papers, etc
Hands-on • Go to the library catalogue, FindMore (www.lib.nus.edu.sg) • 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 • Subjects heading : • Established terms • Chosen by librarian • To ensure consistency in organizing library materials
Timeline of newspapers collection available in NUS Libraries 1600 1700 1800 1900 2000 Singapore Recent Others Singapore pre-war newspapers Singapore newspapers (in Chinese Library) Microform collection Press clippings Eighteenth Century Journals Proquest Historical Newspapers Legend: Electronic Microfilm or microfiche Print Electronic, print, microform Microform collection Guide - Newspapers
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 • 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 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 • 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 database Source: Singapore, National Library Board. “British Withdrawal from Singapore.” Accessed January 17, 2014, http://infopedia.nl.sg/articles/SIP_1001_2009-02-10.html .
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 • …. 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 Legend: Abbreviations: *IOR: India Office records *SSR: Straits Settlements records *CO: Colonial Office Electronic Microfilm or microfiche Print Electronic, print, microform Guide – Sg Primary Sources
Government records : 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 Official newspaper produced by the government . Content incl. proclamations by the governor, notice of appointments, texts of ordinances.
Hands-on: Finding the relevant keywords • 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 keywords 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 • 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 • …. 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* NCCO* FBIS* Legend: Abbreviations: *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) Electronic Microfilm or microfiche Print Electronic, print, microform
National Archives of Singapore http://archivesonline.nas.sg/
Guide to sources in NAS Guide to the sources of history in Singapore / [editor, Ong Choo Suat]. Singapore : National Archives ,  Call no. Z3268 Gui http://linc.nus.edu.sg/record=b1515184
National Archives of Singapore : Oral History Center • “Steps to Conducting Your Own Oral History Project”: http://www.nhb.gov.sg/nas/conductohc.htm • 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. http://linc.nus.edu.sg:2084/record=b2539715*eng
Library Portal, http://www.lib.nus.edu.sg NUS Libraries subject guides, http://libguides.nus.edu.sg/libraryhelp History subject guide, http://libguides.nus.edu.sg/history Singapore primary sources subject guide, http://libguides.nus.edu.sg/sgprimarysources Library FAQs, http://libfaq.nus.edu.sg/ ScholarBank@NUS, http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/ How to search for theses?, http://libguides.nus.edu.sg/findthesis Library proxy bookmarklet, http://libguides.nus.edu.sg/proxy_bookmarklet FindMore guide, http://libguides.nus.edu.sg/findmore E-Books guide, http://libguides.nus.edu.sg/ebooks Links to resources