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‘Join Forces’ with Your Library!

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If you thought that we, librarians, can only be approached when you have a research enquiry or need that required text for your module….well, we’ve got news for you! You can also approach us to collaborate with you for your next studentrun event too! The Library has been joining forces with student bodies for their events. Some students have said they have learnt much more about the Library that could help in their studies through such collaborations. Here are some highlights of collaborations. Last year, freshmen discovered ‘hidden treasures’ of Lee Wee Nam Library by running around the library to find answers for a crossword puzzle. As part of the NTU Students’ Union (NTUSU) Freshmen Orientation Camp (FOC), students explored the library and were hyped up during this activity, as they could garner points for overall FOC championship trophy if they get all the answers correctly.

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Graduate students also took part in a similar activity in the library during their Campus Walk activity organised by NTU Graduate Students’ Club (NTUGSC). Vivek Manoharan, President, NTUGSC commended, “The freshmen thoroughly enjoyed the game and were indeed well-informed of the library’s procedures and resources. We look forward for more fun events like these and partnering with NTU Libraries.”

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Confessions of a Librarian


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Graduate freshmen pose for the cameras with the librarians at Lee Wee Nam Library

Along with doughnuts from NTUSU, students ‘got a taste’ of the library with goodies for the U-Study Campaign’s Exam Welfare Goodie Bag Giveaway in October 2013. It’s heartening to see our students proclaiming their ‘love’ for the Library, when they carry these bags around in campus till today!

Students declared their love for the library with these tote bags! Freshmen figuring out the clues for a crossword puzzle about the Library


We look forward to working together with student bodies. Think you’ve an idea the Library can collaborate on with you? Let us know at

V Somasundram Librarian (Library Promotion)

“Doctor, please cure my bloody tears...” Practising Evidence-Based Medicine


See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil: Unveiling the Mystic MDA Ratings of Films


Crediting Sources for Your Images


Resources Corrosion: The Natural Enemy of Materials


Your ‘Passport’ to Consumer Trends


Start Your Research with Encyclopedias


Discover the 5 W’s of Eurocodes

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A Word from the University Librarian Your Library: Gateway to Your Learning Journey

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Watch Educational Videos Anytime Watch and learn! At NTU Libraries, we host videos recommended by lecturers as well as other educational videos, available 24/7 at your convenience.

Lecturers may recommend video titles to be made available online for teaching purposes. The library will obtain the necessary copyright clearance and digital licensing rights before digitizing them. Besides these teaching materials, we have also put online other useful videos for your learning needs. You can watch these videos on demand (VOD) on computers or mobile devices anywhere on the campus, as long as there is network connection. Outside the campus, you will need to connect to the NTU intranet for access. Have you noticed a pleasant change in the VOD website? We have made viewing much easier as videos can now play on any internet browser, without a need for a player. Scan the QR code or visit aspx

Ng Mee Ling Senior Librarian (Library Technology Group)

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Confessions of a Librarian (and a recommendation or two) I have a confession … I use Google. And Google Scholar. Everyday. Many times a day. Even for my work and research. I love it. How can I possibly be … a librarian? Some people believe that libraries and Google are competitors, but in the vast information landscape that we all live, learn and work in, surely there is room for different services that fulfil different needs. Google has revolutionized search, making huge amounts of information easily findable and readily accessible. For many needs, there is no better choice. Google answers most of my everyday needs for simple information. Google Scholar can often quickly link me to the full text article I need (because the Library works with Google Scholar to let me access library-subscribed resources). It can also provide a helpful glimpse of scholarship on a topic in any discipline. So when is the Library your ‘go-to’ starting point instead of Google? When you want to focus on high quality information only, with more control over your search. OneSearch (the Library’s all-purpose search tool) is as easy as Google and it gives options for limiting by year or resource type (latest 5 years, books only, articles only, etc.) When you want specialized types of information such as engineering standards, statistics, company or financial information, images or multimedia, and more When you want theses or final year projects When you need to be more comprehensive in your research, specialized databases are the place to go – ask a librarian to recommend the best one(s) for your topic!


Speaking of librarians, a personal information consultant is the most important thing the Library can offer! Don’t know where to start? Not finding what you need? Not sure if what you found on Google is reliable? Worried about citing properly? Unsure if you can use that image legally/ethically in your presentation? Wonder what tools can help you organize all of your citations and PDFs? Your librarians can support and guide you in all of these areas, and many more. The Library’s mission is to help you engage optimally with the entire scholarly ecosystem, in the Library and beyond. NTU Libraries offer a team of specialist subject librarians, dedicated to helping you learn about the variety of resources, research methods, and research tools in your discipline. Your subject librarian (aka personal information consultant) can help you learn how to become a self-directed learner, an active researcher, and an engaged member of your scholarly and/ or professional community. He/she will connect you to the scholarship of others, and assist you in developing and contributing your own scholarship. I use Google everyday. I’m as addicted and as convinced of its usefulness as you are. Are Google and Google Scholar useful tools for your scholarly activites? Absolutely! Are they the only tools? Are they always the best tools? Absolutely not. To engage in the world of higher education and research, your subject librarian offers something a bit different - personalized guidance and support, specific to your particular need, question, assignment, research interests, etc. in the context of the scholarly community of which you are an integral part! Dianne Cmor Deputy University Librarian

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“Doctor, please cure my bloody tears…” Practising Evidence-Based Medicine Clinical Scenario:

Searching Medical Literature & the Role of Medical Librarians

A 24-year-old man developed severe chronic conjunctivitis in his left eye, which resulted in minor symblephara and dry eye after 10 months. One year later, the patient developed recurrent bloody tears in his left eye and several hematomas in the left periorbital region. Even after extensive workup, local causes or a systemic condition could not be determined.

Imagine you are a doctor handling this case, what would you do when you can’t seem to find the root cause of why this man bleeds from his left eye? What is the best treatment for his condition? What would your decision processes be? When faced with mysteries in life, the inquiring mind naturally asks questions. Constructing good clinical questions is one of the first steps in practising Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM). The most commonly cited definition of Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) comes from Dr David Sackett (1996) where EBM is “the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of the individual patient. It means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research.” The integration of the above three components into clinical decisions enhances the opportunity for optimal clinical outcomes to ensure the patient gets the best possible care.

What is Evidence-Based Medicine?

Clinical Judgement

Relevant Scientific Evidence

One of the steps in practising EBM requires the medical practitioner to systematically search the best medical literature available. In Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, medical students are taught how to search for medical literature. The Medical Library provides access to the highest quality medical literature through three sources: OVID, a platform which provides seamless searching on Medline, EMBASE, EBM Reviews (Cochrane Collaboration) databases, fulltext medical journals and e-books. ClinicalKey, a clinical insight search engine, draws evidence-based information from more than 900 textbooks, 500 medical journals, and more than 9,000 videos. UpToDate is an evidence-based clinical decision support resource, enabling medical practitioners to make the right decisions at the point of care. Integrated with VisualDx, a medical image database that has 30,000 high-quality peer-reviewed medical images spanning diseases of the skin, nails, hair, oral mucosa, genital mucosa, eyes, and lungs as well as other internal and systemic diseases to assist in visual diagnosis. Medical librarians can guide students and practitioners on the usage of these databases by teaching them search strategies and evaluation skills. This will enable them to apply these steps in the EBM framework: Critical appraisal which involves testing evidence for validity, clinical relevance, and applicability (usefulness in clinical practice) Making a decision – applying the results in practice taking into account patients’ preferences and Evaluating decisions





Applying the steps above, our medical students and practitioners will discover through the medical literature found in the databases recommended in this article, that after eliminating all possible causes, a treatment for the man with bleeding eyes would be the administration of vitamin C 1000 mg daily to promote vascular stabilization. In some cases, it was reported that the bleeding lessens and stops completely with no intervention. With such evidence from the literature, medical practitioners can discuss the choice of treatment with their patients who suffer from bloody tears.

Patients’ Values and Preferences Caroline Pang Head, Medical Library

Sackett DL, et al. BMJ. 1996,312(7023):71-72 Accessed from, 7 April 2014

Maggie Yin Medical Librarian


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See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil: Unveiling the Mystic MDA Ratings of Films Films are being rated by countries all over the world but ratings adopted by every country are not universal. They are influenced by the culture and social values unique to each community. Film ratings are not issued by standard bodies across all countries too. This task has been taken up by either the movie industry or the government. The former includes Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in America. For many countries, the authority is involved in the rating of films be it through the issuing of license for public screening or the official classification of films. In Singapore, the Media Development Authority (MDA) assumes this role. What is objectionable? In the broadest terms, we do share certain common values. Excessive violence and cruelty, sexual exploitation and abuse, substance abuse, profanity, are often considered to be morally offensive. Films with such themes are deemed inappropriate for the young who may be easily influenced by protagonists in the films glorifying such values and behaviour. The rating of films therefore provides guidance and advice on its contents and help viewers or parents decide on the suitability of films for viewing. Besides the need to protect the young, maintaining racial and religious harmony, and national interest are also of great importance in an open and multi-racial society like Singapore. The Board of Film Censors (BFC) takes a serious view of these issues and evaluates the impact films have on them. Rapid globalization and being a cosmopolitan city state has fueled the growth of diverse social and interest groups. A standard set of guidelines will not please everyone but must be acceptable to the general public. For BFC, the major areas of concerns are:

M18 R21

NO CHILDREN UNDER 16 Suitable for persons aged 16 and above.

MATURE 18 Suitable for persons aged 18 and above.

RESTRICTED 21 Suitable for adults aged 21 and above. ClassificationRatings.aspx

In addition to ratings, films rated PG13 and above will carry consumer advisory to alert viewers or parents on the areas of concerns. Films for Educational Purpose Film studies are offered by the university and are part of the curriculum for some. Controversial and highly sensational films are sometimes screened to facilitate teaching, analysis and criticism. However, the need to provide and view these films in the name of education does not exempt the university from the classification of films by BFC. The Films Act requires all films to be submitted to BFC for classification. The legislation also stipulates restrictions on the public screening of films by age group for ratings NC16, M18 and R21, and penalties are levied on offenders. To-date, R21 films on videos are not available for sale and distribution by local video retailers. The library has to work closely with BFC to provide these films for teaching.

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Guidelines Evolve with Time


Through the years, BFC has tried to minimize the censorship of films. NC16 was introduced in 1993, M18 and R21 in 2004 to allow films to be classified for the appropriate level of viewership. Films scheduled for film festivals may also be rated and given a one-time screening during the festivals. At times, films are edited for a wider audience to include the younger age group. On a few occasions, films are given dual ratings. For example, the edited version of Lee Ang’s Lust, Caution was rated NC16 and the original version released as R21. Different versions of the same film are usually not shown simultaneously at the theatres.

Nudity Sex Language Drug use Horror Film Classification When classifying a film, BFC reviews the suitability and treatment of the above areas. The presentation, duration, frequency, degree of visual and audio details, and the total cumulative effect are taken into account. Guidelines are adopted based on the presentation of contents and the context in which the scenes are presented, and these guidelines are applied in different degrees at all classification levels. Films, including documentaries, trailers and music videos, are classified as follows:


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GENERAL Suitable for all ages.

BFC’s decision on ratings can be influenced by feedback from the general public. In 1998, the theatrical release of Steven Spielberg’s graphic war movie, Saving Private Ryan, was initially rated RA. The Film Appeal Committee reviewed the film after the many appeals made by the public, and re-rated it as NC16. More recently, Sex,Violence. FamilyValues’ was initially rated M18 by BFC. Complaints were received about one of the 3 short stories, Porn Masala, and the rating was revoked by the Films Consultative Panel comprising of members from a cross section of the community representing different age groups. The director appealed to the Films Appeal Committee and the film was finally released as R21 after edits.

PARENTAL GUIDANCE Suitable for all, but parents should guide their young. PARENTAL GUIDANCE 13 Suitable for persons aged 13 and above but parental guidance is advised for children below 13.

Ng Chay Tuan Head, Acquisitions & Collection Management

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Crediting Sources for Your Images It is common for people to include images in their presentation slides or reports. When we do that, it would be good to also include a note next to the image to say who the creator of the image is and where it is obtained from. This is good scholarly practice as it tells people that the image does not come from you but from others. It also gives people an opportunity to check out the source in case they want to find out more.

I found this beautiful photograph of a hoverfly at Wikimedia Commons with such a license and I could attribute it in the following way:

According to ‘Open.Michigan’ (,


Attribution is about crediting a copyright holder according to the terms of a copyright license, usually crediting artistic works like music, fiction, video, and photography.

There is no right or wrong attribution format. According to Creative Commons, a non-profit organisation concerned with sharing of creative work, there is more than one style of attribution. It suggests including the Title, Author, Source and License (or TASL). Making attribution is sometimes a copyright requirement. For example, if you were to use an image with ‘Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported’ license, you are free to share and adapt it under the condition that you give appropriate credit. Appropriate credit here means “providing the name of the creator and attribution parties, a copyright notice, a license notice, a disclaimer notice, and a link to the material”. Refer to ‘Best practices for attribution’ ( by Creative Commons.

‘Eristalinus quinquestriatus’ by Vengolis is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Photo by Vengolis / CC BY-SA 3.0

“For cases where the image does not come with a requirement for attribution, it may be true that no one would come after you if you do not make any attribution,” said Tham Jing Wen, a Scholarly Communication Librarian in NTU Libraries. “However, it is still good practice to give credit to the creator. It is not only fair but also a sign of integrity.” Goh Su Nee Senior Assistant Director (Scholarly Communication Group)


Corrosion: The Natural Enemy of Materials Corrosion is always an important topic for engineering students who study materials science, civil engineering, aerospace, maritime, and others. It happens everywhere and occurs in all types of materials. It can result in the failure of a component or system, and sometimes, leads to the loss of human life. It can also be used to produce products such as the etching process in semiconductor industry. At NTU Libraries, we help you in your exploration of this topic through our library books, journals, and databases. Journals

Books Corrosion and Corrosion Control: An Introduction to Corrosion Science and Engineering Call no.: TA462.U31 2008 Location: Lee Wee Nam Library Fundamentals of Corrosion: Mechanisms, Causes, and Preventative Methods Location: 1 copy available at Virtual Library

Corrosion for Everybody Location: 1 copy available at Virtual Library Corrosion

Material and Corrosion

Corrosion Engineering, Science and Technology

Databases: ASM Handbooks Online Vol. 13 A Vol. 13 B Vol. 13 C

Corrosion: Fundamentals, Testing, and Protection Corrosion: Materials Corrosion: Environments and Industries

CRCnetBASE: “Material Science” - “Corrosion” Engineering Village

More resources are available in MSE subject guide: Men Yali Engineering Librarian (Materials Science & Engineering)



Your ‘Passport’ to Consumer Trends

Finding consumer trends has never been easier. With Passport you can find articles, videocasts and datagraphics of the latest population trends and lifestyles of consumers from around the world. Some examples of interesting topics you can find in Passport include: Consumers using fitness apps for smartphones and ‘wearable technologies’ to get fit Traditional cafes vs coffee shop chains Eating right - one of the top 10 global consumer trends for 2014 Celebrity power and its influence on global consumer behaviour Business students researching on consumer topics will find these data very handy. Even entrepreneurs thinking of setting up their own businesses can use these data to identify and create products or services.

Other useful data and reports on countries and industries include: Demographic and economic statistics for 210 countries worldwide (historic and forecast) Country profiles which provide an overview of a country’s operating environment as well as an analysis of the political structure, economic situation and future outlook Industry analysis across fast moving consumer goods and services, including market performance, market size, company and brand shares, and profiles of leading companies and brands Access Passport through the Library homepage

Alan Choy Business Librarian (Marketing & International Business)



Start Your Research with Encyclopedias

An encyclopedia is a useful source to garner an overview of your topic in the early stages of your research. A specialized encyclopedia, written by scholars and experts in the fields, provides the development and theories of the debate on the topic. It can help you to identify related areas of inquiry and narrow your focus, and often includes references and suggested readings to guide your further research. While free online encyclopedias like Wikipedia, provide a convenient way to look for information on a topic and link to numerous sources of interest, the Library’s collection of encyclopedias are more academically credible. To find a specialized encyclopedia in the Library, you can use OneSearch to search for keyword ‘encyclopedias’ and your topic. For example: encyclopedias AND sociology, encyclopedias AND gender. The Library also subscribes to a number of reference databases where you can search multiple encyclopedias and other reference titles simultaneously. SAGE Knowledge is one example that contains high quality encyclopedias in the social sciences, such as Encyclopedia of Social Theory, The Sage Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods, Encyclopedia of Gender and Society, and many more. You can access over 300 e-books and reference works published in 2002-2013 from this resource. To access, simply type ‘sage knowledge’ in the search box under the Database Titles tab.

How to cite academic encyclopedias in ASA style? ASA citation style refers to a set of rules and conventions established by the American Sociological Association for crediting sources used in academic writing. Here are the examples of how to cite reference works (encyclopedia or dictionary entry) both in your reference list and in-text in ASA format. Print encyclopedia entry with author In-text: (Sisson 2011) Reference: Sisson, Mary. 2011. “September 11 Attacks.” Pp. 533-39 in The Sage Encyclopedia of Terrorism, edited by G. Martin. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Print dictionary entry with no author In-text: (“Social Constructionism” 2005) Reference: “Social Constructionism.” 2005. Pp. 607 in A Dictionary of Sociology, edited by J. Scott and G. Marshall. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Online encyclopedia entry with author In-text: (Dillon 2007) Reference: Dillon, Michele. 2007. “Abortion as a Social Problem.” In Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Retrieved January 8, 2014 ( Online encyclopedia entry from an online database In-text: (Willman 2009) Reference:

Jenny Wong Social Sciences Librarian (Sociology)

Willman, Rebecca. 2009. “Abortion.” In Encyclopedia of Gender and Society, edited by J. O’Brien. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. (Retrieved from Sage Knowledge on January 8, 2014.) For further assistance, contact Jenny at



Discover the 5 W’s Of Eurocodes

A new set of standards for structural design of buildings and civil engineering works - known as the Eurocodes - will be introduced on 1st April 2013, according to the Building and Construction Authority (BCA).

The Straits Times, 25 March 2013 Who uses Eurocodes? Eurocodes are standards used by professionals in the building and construction industry for the structural design of buildings and civil engineering works. Civil engineering students will learn about Eurocodes in their courses (e.g. Reinforced Concrete Design or Steel Design).

Local differences in each country like geographical (earthquake/ flooding), geological (foundations), climatic (wind, snow, rainfall, temperature etc.) and traditional building practices will be published by each country as a separate document called National Annexe (NA). How to access Eurocodes? Eurocodes are available at NTU Libraries through the subscribed database, BSOL or British Standards Online. Why BSOL? As the United Kingdom (UK) is an EU member, British Standards Institution (BSI), UK’s national standards body, has adopted all the Eurocodes. This means that the country’s national standards body shall implement the text of the Eurocodes as well as all its annexes unchanged. For e.g., Eurocode 0 or ‘EN 1990’ is published in UK as ‘BS EN 1990’, Eurocode 1 or ‘EN 1991’ as ‘BS EN 1991’ etc. Retrieving the Eurocodes at BSOL:

Why Eurocodes?

Go to OneSearch

They were produced by the European Union (EU) with the aim to remove technical barriers within member countries. However Eurocodes gained interest globally. Eurocodes were introduced as Singapore’s building codes from 1st April 2013. The current or existing codes will be withdrawn from use on 1 April 2015 and be replaced by Eurocodes as Singapore prescribed building codes for structural design.

Click ‘Database Titles’ Search for ‘British Standards Online’ Take note of British Standards Online ‘Terms & Conditions of Use’ At the search box, for e.g., to access Eurocode 7, you can use a phrase search with keyword, ‘eurocode 7’ or enter the standard number, ‘en 1997’

What are Eurocodes? Eurocodes are structural design codes comprising 10 codes totaling some 58 parts – see table below. Eurocode


No of parts

EN 1990

Eurocode 0: Basis of structural design Eurocode 1: Actions on structures Eurocode 2: Actions on structures Eurocode 3: Design of steel structures Eurocode 4: Design of composite structures Eurocode 5: Design of timber structures Eurocode 6: Design of masonry structures Eurocode 7: Geotechnical design Eurocode 8: Design for earthquake resistance Eurocode 9: Design of aluminium structures

the head code

EN 1991 EN 1992 EN 1993 EN 1994 EN 1995 EN 1996 EN 1997 EN 1998 EN 1999

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NA to BS EN 1997 – 1:2004 UK National Annex to Eurocode 7. Geotechnical design. General rules View details


Status: Current, Work in hand | Published 30/11/2007


BS EN 1997 – 2:2007


Status: Current | Published 30/04/2007

Eurocode 7. Geotechnical design. Ground investigation and testing View details


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Eurocodes have also been gradually adopted by Singapore as Singapore Standards (SS), for e.g. Eurocode 4 has been published as ‘SS EN 1994’. Both the adopted eurocodes and the related Singapore NAs can be found in our collections by using OneSearch:

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An example of the three parts for Eurocode 4:


Please note Eurocode 7 has 2 parts, i.e., Part 1 and Part 2 and the NAs are related to UK. Click ‘Download PDF’ to either open or download the document.

Eurocode 4


EN 1994-1-1 EN 1994-1-2 EN 1994-2

General rules and rules for building Structural fire design Composite bridges

eurocode and singapore

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Eurocode Design Manuals by ECCS (European Convention for Constructional Steelwork),e.g.,

Design of Cold-formed Steel Structures

Fatigue Design of Steel and Composite Structures

Where to find more information about Eurocodes? Books on Eurocodes You can use key words ‘eurocode’, ‘eurocodes’ or ‘eurocode*’ to search for books in electronic and print format with OneSearch. The following book series related to Eurocodes are also available in our collection: Designers’ Guide to Eurocode by ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers, UK), e.g.,

Fire Design of Steel Structures

Design of Steel Structures

Websites on Eurocodes The Concrete Centre aspx Joint Research Centre – European Commission Eurocodes Expert - website by Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) Eurocode: Basis of Structural Design

Eurocode 1: Action on Buildings

BSI (British Standards Institution) European Committee of Standardization (CEN) Eurocodes/Pages/default.aspx Regency Steel Asia Symposium on “Impact of Structural Eurocodes on Steel and Composite Structures” aspx

Eurocode 4: Design of Composite Steel and Concrete Structures

Eurocode 7: Geotechnical Design - General Rules

Lastly, if you need more clarification about searching Eurocodes, let me know or you can refer to my subject guide titled, ‘Eurocodes’

Lim Kong Meng Head, Engineering Library



Singapore Literature in English: An Annotated Bibliography Want to find out what Catherine Lim wrote about in her early books? How about unearthing all the ghost stories written in Singapore post 1935? NTU Libraries has launched a new database dedicated to Singapore literature, which will help you answer these questions and more.

their works. The shelf location at the National Library Board and NTU Libraries is also included. As an aid to researchers, the database includes the option to list, print and e-mail citations.

Singapore Literature in English: An Annotated Bibliography is compiled and edited by an expert in Singapore literature, NTU Professor Koh Tai Ann, in collaboration with NTU Libraries. It is the product of years of meticulous compiling which culminated in the publication of a print bibliography in 2008. The print publication has been incorporated into the online bibliography and updated so that the entries cover 1,300 publications from 1935 up to the present.

Example of an annotated entry in the bibliography

The bibliography will be a useful resource for browsing as well as for scholarly research into the burgeoning field of Singapore literature. The bibliography is a free online resource, it does not require any login by NTU users, it can be accessed at

Home page of the Singapore Literature in English Bibliography

Launching the bibliography online enabled the introduction of search features familiar to users of online databases, such as retrieving publications by title, author, subject and genre. Further search capabilities include searching for a title across genres; for example a search for Goh Poh Seng’s novel If we dream too long, retrieves all the anthologies in which the novel is found. As an annotated bibliography, each entry captures the full publication details (separate entries are provided for various editions), the book’s contents as well as additional information such as prizes won or details of performances of a dramatic work. To facilitate browsing, there are abstracts for novels and short stories and for anthologies a listing of all included authors together with the respective titles of


Access Singapore Literature in English Bibliography from the digital projects section on the library homepage homepage

Emma Wilcox Humanities Librarian (English Literature)


我馆唯一的汉语古籍善本—­ —有三百年历史的原 刻祖本《康熙字典》 您知道南洋理工大学图书馆最古老的图书是什么吗?它就是中国清代 康熙五十五年(1716年)由内府官刻的武英殿本《康熙字典》 (见图1) ,距今有298年历史,是我馆所藏最古老的中文图书,也是我馆唯一一 本真正意义上的善本古籍。

燁字缺末笔,并加“御名”二字 。

《康熙字典》书影 《康熙字典》是中国第一部以字典命名的汉字辞书,由张玉书、陈廷 敬等三十多位著名学者奉清朝第四代皇帝康熙(1662-1722年)圣旨 编撰而成。该书的编撰工作始于康熙四十九年(1710年),成书于康 熙五十五年(1716年),历时六年,因此书名叫《康熙字典》。 《康熙字 典》是中国古代第一部收字最多、规模最大、价值最高、影响最广、印 数最多的大型汉语字典。历史上《康熙字典》曾经多次翻刻、翻印,版 本众多,不同版本的内容和价值相差很大,因而《康熙字典》的版本 鉴定尤为重要。 《康熙字典》大 致可分为官刻与坊刻两大类。我馆的这部字典于 2005年由何九皋先生 (Dr Denis Jen)惠赠。全书尺寸为18 × 38.2 厘米,分40册线装,前两册为御制序、上谕、凡例、总目、等韵等,接 下来是十二地支十二集,每集上、中、下三卷共36册,最后两册分别为 备考一册,补遗一册。内部版框尺寸为19.5×14厘米,每页8行,每行 12字(小字则按双倍计),字体采用在明代仿宋体基础上演变成的一 种硬体宋字。全书配两片红木夹板,可惜夹板的绳索已断,由布绳连 缀。全套开本宽阔、文字疏朗、纸质洁白、墨色均匀,书品极佳。初步 断定为康熙年间官刻本,当时就被誉为“镇馆之宝”,但对其精确出 版年代,尚不能定夺。 2013年11月,恰逢北京大学中文系教授、中国全国高校古籍整理与研 究委员会主任、著名古文献学科专家安平秋先生带着两位教授助理 来本馆访书,本人趁此千载难逢的机会,请安先生帮忙鉴定《康熙字 典》的版本。安先生一行亲自去中文馆特藏库,对这套书进行认真地 翻检。先从字体与版式初步断定为刻本,再一一翻检缺字避讳,发现 书中只有康熙名“玄燁”二字缺末笔以避讳,且两字前皆缀有“御名” 二字(见图2至图4),而对雍正名胤禎、乾隆名弘历、嘉庆名颙琰、道 光名旻宁等字均未予避讳。以此为证,安先生一行共同断定此书为康 熙五十五年武英殿本原刻祖本,距今几近三百年历史,具有很高的文 献价值和版本价值,弥足珍贵!这证实了当年我们的判断是对的,这 也是我馆唯一一本古籍善本,不愧为“镇馆之宝”!

总目部 玄字缺末笔 。


阮阳 中文图书馆主管


A Word From the University Librarian

Your Library: Gateway to Your Learning Journey A warm welcome to new students! Libraries are the regular haunts of university students all over the world, and we hope you will have a fruitful time with us in the next few years of your academic life. Besides being a brick and mortar place, our Library is always with you wherever there is an Internet connection, including in your pocket if you have a smart phone there! Let us embark on a brief journey of discovery in this short introduction on how you as a student can get the most out of the Library. First, fire up your Internet browser and go to the library website

Step into Lee Wee Nam Library, one of the most photographed locations inside and outside. We even have former students who return as married couples to take their wedding photographs! Visit the Learning Commons on the ground floor, where there are multiscreen monitors, learning pods with electronic smart boards, a small recording room, and a pleasant gathering place with a large video wall. Get your classmates together here to discuss your projects and assignments, do mock presentations, shoot some videos, etc. During term time you will find this a bustling and vibrant place. However if you need some solitude for reflection and contemplation, take the lift up to the fifth floor – the Quiet area. Please help to keep this a no-noise zone. When you are tired from reading and studying just look out of the windows and you will see a lovely view of the not too distant Malaysian coast – perfect for relaxing your eyes and refreshing your neurons for deep learning and inspirational thinking. Lee Wee Nam Library (Science and Engineering collections) is just your first stop. There are 7 other subject libraries, each with their own unique identity – the Art, Design & Media Library, Business Library, Chinese Library, HSS Library, Communication and Information Library and Wang Gung Wu Library (a special library at the Chinese Heritage Centre). We are also building the new Medical Library at Novena Campus and presently students are served by an interim Library there.

You will see right in front of you the OneSearch search box. This is your portal to access a wealth of knowledge from scholarly, academic and reliable sources. There are millions of journal articles, books, videos, art images, and documents in our Library, many of which you have to pay to access from the Internet if you are not a member of our Library. The cumulated work of generations of scholars, scientists and thinkers is at your disposal! This is a treasure trove in which you learn and discover knowledge on your own – and it will also help you to become top in your class!

Finally, our libraries are hives of activity, with over 40 events last year to enrich your learning experience. We had literary readings, exhibitions of student projects, talks by alumni and visiting scholars – and a 3D printing event that had a very interesting dress on display!

Let’s get back to OneSearch. In the search box, you can limit your search for different formats of material in the Library. Looking for latest research findings on a topic or a short discussion? ‘Articles’ will be a good tab to select – this is the place to find journal and magazine articles, newspaper reports, etc. Looking for a book? The obvious ‘Books’ tab is the one to click. Books are great for a systematic exposition on a subject, and they are perfect for immersing in narratives, real or imagined. Perhaps you are the type that wants everything on the screen? If you are still on the ‘Books’ tab, just tick ‘E-books only’ and you can instantly access more than half a million e-books in our Library collection. No need to leave your seat – just click through the pages on the screen. OneSearch is meant for quick searches across almost all of the Library’s resources. If you need to do more serious research, we have more than 200 individual databases that usually focus on particular subjects and which have powerful search features. Contact your subject librarian (see the list in about/staffdirectory) and ask one of them to guide you through the information maze, highlight the most important resources and tools that are personally relevant to you. It is tiring to spend the whole time gazing at the electronic screen, no matter how interesting and amazing the content is. Why don’t you visit one of the 8 subject libraries to meet other students and to enjoy the facilities specially designed and provided for you?


Source: NTU Additive Manufacturing Centre

Check the Happenings@NTU Libraries blog regularly to find out about activities you can participate in. I hope this short introduction will lead you to further explore the treasure trove of knowledge that is at your disposal, both virtually and in brick and mortar locations around campus. Our librarians and library staff will be happy to guide and assist you in your learning journey.

Choy Fatt Cheong University Librarian

Library Xpress Volume 9 Issue 1 August 2014  
Library Xpress Volume 9 Issue 1 August 2014  

Library Xpress is a regular NTU Library publication. It highlights interesting developments in the information world and discusses how they...