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A SPOTLIGHT FOR YOUR RESEARCH

CONTENTS Info Buzz

Albert Einstein once said, “Isn’t it strange that I who have written only unpopular books should be such a popular fellow?” (Hamblyn, 2011). It makes you think about his work and his academic popularity. It may be because his works were just pure genius, or he was quite a character himself or maybe he just knew how to get people interested in reading his works.

So you need to somehow shine a spotlight on your paper, to get people to talk about it, read and cite it. Here are some tips and tricks that might make your paper more prominent.

Join the site These sites are great places for discovering, networking and collaborating with academics within and outside your field of research. It is a good way to look at what other ways you can collaborate with a wider academic community that might just bring forth interesting research areas. www.academia.edu www.mynetresearch.com www.citeulike.org www.mendeley.com www.researchgate.net

Virtually Everywhere Across the net The virtual world is a great place to spread the news when you have published a new paper. You can tweet, facebook or even blog about it. Share your work and achievement. This may have a ripple effect when the tweets and posts are shared with others.

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The Final Year Report: Your Contribution to Future Student Research

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Surviving Your First Year As A Graduate Student

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Do You Know?

We live in a very different academic environment from that of Einstein’s time. When Einstein was alive, people had to go to lectures to hear about his research, you had to be a member of the audience to be privy to this information, but today that audience doesn’t even need to be in the same room, you don’t need a hall, all you need is an internet connection. With open access portals, you do not need subscriptions to get access to certain articles and with more academics placing their works online, it is easy for your paper to get lost in this vast sea of knowledge.

A Spotlight For Your Research

The Digital Repository At NTU we have DR-NTU, a repository that is searchable from Google Scholar. This will give you another avenue to showcase your paper. You may need to check with your journal publisher on its policy on open continued on Page 2

“Sorry, This E-Book Is In Use”: Understanding Academic E-Books

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E-Book Corner At Lee Wee Nam Library

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What’s The Drug Again? Living A Life Benefitting From Translational Medical Research

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Showcase Your Research Materials With NTU Digital Projects

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Become An Expert Googler

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Resources Your Gateway to Earth Sciences

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3 Quick Ways To Access Library Resources From Using Chrome Or Firefox

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中文资讯系列介绍(四)—中文 影像资料

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A Word from the University Librarian The Library Is A Service, Not Just A Resource

Online version www.ntu.edu.sg/library/ pages/xpress.aspx

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INFO BUZZ access or you could contact the Scholarly Communication Group (scholarlycomm@ntu.edu.sg) to assist you. DR-NTU is also an easy way to archive your paper.

Easily Identifiable Same Name Ensure your name and the institution you are affiliated with, are consistently spelt correctly and in the proper order. This will make finding your papers easier and ensure all your papers are easily extractable and nothing gets left out during citation counting. A Unique ID Sometimes names and institutions are not unique enough. For example, we may have more than one “Chan, SH” at NTU. So what you really need is a unique ID, such as a ResearchID ( www.researcherid.com ), or ORCID ID ( http://orcid. org ). Both systems make you more easily identifiable and assist in tracking your citations and h-index.

that you have written a paper on a particular topic and offer to send your peers your paper to read. Even if it does not get cited this is a great way to network. Talk to those in-the-know Librarians are good sources of information for trends in scholarly publishing and communications, so talk to a librarian! Many journal publishers have tips and suggestions on how you can promote your works. When you submit your journal article, ask the publisher for ideas how to make your journal article more visible. Publishers are committed to promoting their journals as well, so you can find out what steps they are taking to do this. Shakespeare wrote “all the world’s a stage and all the men and women are merely players”. Today there are many players on the academic stage, so make sure your work gets its well-deserved spotlight and the stage will be yours. References Hamblyn, R. (2011). The art of science : A natural history of ideas. London: Picador.

Let’s Talk Did you hear about… When you attend conferences, seminars or meetings, you can try telling people about your paper. This may seem like shameless selfpromotion but it will help to get the word out. Perhaps casually slip in

THE FINAL YEAR REPORT YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO FUTURE STUDENT RESEARCH 

Debra L’Angellier

Communication Librarian (Advertising, PR, Broadcast & Film) dblang@ntu.edu.sg

China and India.” Mr Lim Kong Meng, Head, Engineering Library. Do not underestimate the value of your FYP to future generations of researchers everywhere - we look forward to receiving your submission this year. You can read more about the OAPS* (Outstanding Academic Papers by Students) Project at this link: http://www.ntu.edu.sg/Library/ scholarlycomm/Pages/oaps.aspx

Are you busy preparing for your Final Year Project (FYP) submission and presentation? Before you upload your report to DR-NTU, do take a look at the answers to common questions that the Library has received. Q: Must submissions be made to DR-NTU for confidential titles? A: Confidential titles are exempted but school submission deadlines must still be met. Q: I missed the school’s submission deadline and request for access to DR-NTU for submission A: Submission to DR-NTU is always open 24/7 and does not close. Q: Why can’t I find full text for an FYP submitted in 2005 in DR-NTU? A: Full text FYP submission to DR-NTU started in 2009 & the collection may be incomplete. You may know that FYPs are an important scholarly resource for NTU students but did you know that it also has value beyond our university? Although FYPs are only accessible to the NTU community, NTU Libraries participates in an international initiative to promote high quality scholarly student works on an Open Access platform which anyone can use. A look at the number of downloads for papers in this OAPS* collection shows that there is global interest in NTU student papers. “Our FYP works have drawn interest from outside NTU. In fact we have views from around the world including US, 02

Number of downloads for OAPS collection in DR-NTU (Data as at 24 Nov 2014)

Scan the QR code or visit http://dr.ntu.edu.sg/handle/10220/6207 Lena Sam

Engineering Librarian (Environmental) lena.sam@ntu.edu.sg


INFO BUZZ

SURVIVING YOUR FIRST YEAR AS A GRADUATE STUDENT If you are facing difficulty in writing your Masters or PhD thesis, we have some good news for you. Doing a higher degree programme is a long and arduous journey. And writing a thesis is a key requirement to getting that degree. To help you get a good start, here are some tips and resources on starting and completing your thesis. Read seminal works A thesis is not something that can be written in a vacuum. Therefore it is crucial that you find and read up on the seminal works in your research area. These are articles where an idea is first established or an author first presents his original idea in a subject that gains a lot of attention in his discipline. A seminal work tends to be one that is cited repeatedly by other researchers. In fact, keeping track of the number of citations an article gets is a good way of determining the influence and importance of the article. Here at NTU Libraries, we have two citation databases that will help you with this, namely Web of Science and Scopus. To access them, please visit www.ntu.edu.sg/library/databases.

Stay up-to-date Besides reading seminal works, you can also stay up-to-date with the latest developments in your research area through various channels. A good approach is to follow renowned researchers’ social networking websites like Academia.edu, ResearchGate, blogs or Twitter. In addition, reading the websites or blogs of leading companies in your research field might be useful too as you may get some insights from the industry experts. Joining professional associations is yet another effective way to keep in touch with the advances in your field as you will be able to participate in professional as well as social events and network with other fellow researchers. The main idea here is to go beyond the usual academic papers and gather information from other sources so that you can be wellinformed with what’s ‘hot’ out there. Use bibliographic management software Writing a thesis is a time-consuming task so why not use bibliographic management software like EndNote to help you save time. You can use EndNote to record and manage a database of references to books, journal articles, figures and other publications. This personalised database can then be used to build bibliographies and automatically insert references to your Word document according to the reference style you have selected. We conduct regular workshops to teach participants how to use EndNote effectively. There are three kinds of EndNote workshops to cater to the different needs of participants. They are EndNote Basic, EndNote Advanced and EndNote for Mac users. To register for a workshop, please visit blogs.ntu.edu.sg/ library/learning/workshops/endnote/.

Books Writing for Academic Journals

Books

Call No.: PN146.M983 2013 Mastering Your PhD: Survival and Success in the Doctoral Years and Beyond

Location: Business Library

Call No.: LB2386.G676 2011 Location: Business Library

E-Books Writing Your Thesis

(Access via http://www.ntu.edu.sg/library/collections/ebooks)

Call No.: LB2369.L48 2014 Location: Business Library

Writing Your Doctoral Dissertation or Thesis Faster: A Proven Map to Success Call No.: LB2369.J27

The Craft of Research

How to Write a Better Thesis

Location: Business Library Check out our Learning @ NTU Libraries blog at blogs.ntu.edu. sg/library/learning/ for updates on finding, accessing, and using information for your research and learning! The Literature Review: Six Steps to Success Call No.: LB1047.3.M149 Location: Business Library

Frank Seah

Senior Librarian (Instructional Services) frankseah@ntu.edu.sg

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DO YOU KNOW

“SORRY, THIS E-BOOK IS IN USE” UNDERSTANDING ACADEMIC E-BOOKS

Out” the book first, which prevents others from accessing it until you check it back in, or until the “loan period” expires - at which time the ebook will disappear or show “expiry” from your computer or mobile device. For single user models, we can pay for multiple copies of high demand e–books, the same way we might buy multiple copies of a print book. You can also place a “Hold” on single user e-books so that you are next in line.

Recently, I heard a student on the bus say “I tried to use the e-book but it was “Checked Out” and I couldn’t - how can an e-book be Checked Out??” Last month, a professor told me she was surprised to discover that the e-book she had assigned to her 120 students to read could not be used by all 120 students at the same time. Are you surprised when you find one of the Library’s e-books is “Checked Out” or “In Use” by another user? Many people think that if the Library has an e-book, then all users should be able to read it simultaneously. NTU Libraries subscribes to over 642,000 e-books! And most of them allow unlimited simultaneous access – but not all of them. The advantages of e-books are many – you can access them instantaneously anytime, anywhere, without having to make a trip to the Library. You can often search the full text of e-books. You can carry many e-books at one time without throwing out your back. And many of our e-book providers allow multiple users to view an e-book at the same time – which we love! But not all follow this model, I’m afraid. Currently, some publishers/vendors that sell e-books to libraries use a business model that mirrors the print model – one that only allows one reader to access the full text of a book at any one time. In this model, to access the full text, you can simply read online while connected to the internet – but only one user at a time. If offline reading is available, you can download the book to your computer or mobile device so you can read it even when you do not have an internet connection. To read offline, you must “Check

E-BOOK CORNER AT LEE WEE NAM LIBRARY NTU staff and students can download many NTU subscribed e-books to their mobile devices to read on the go. E-books are mainly categorized into Business & Multidisciplinary; Engineering, Science; Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences; and Medicine.

The good news is that of our 642,000+ e-books, only about 8,000 titles follow the single use model – but 8,000 is still quite a few so don’t be too surprised if you find you have to wait for a certain title to become available. There are many business and access models for e-books - some allow multiple users, some don’t; some allow offline reading, some don’t; some require additional software, some don’t. We choose books primarily for their content, and secondarily for the best models that make access and use easiest for you. Happy e-reading!!

Dianne Louise Cmor Deputy University Librarian dcmor@ntu.edu.sg

3 STEPS TO SAVE/TRANSFER 3 STEPS TO TO YOUR SAVE/TRANSFER NTU E-BOOKS MOBILE DEVICES NTU E-BOOKS TO YOUR MOBILE DEVICES A A

STEP 1

CREATE ADOBE ID

STEP 1

CREATE ADOBE ID

In order to read or save e-books to your device, you will need an Adobe ID. To register for an account, scan here In order to read or save e-books to your device, you will need an Adobe ID. To register for an account, scan here

STEP 2

INSTALL A BLUEFIRE READER APP

A BLUEFIRE READER STEPSearch2Bluefire INSTALL Reader [Apple iOS-App Store / Android-Play Store] APP and install this app into your device. Search Bluefire Reader [Apple iOS-App Store / Android-Play Store] and install this app into your device.

STEP 3

FIND NTU E-BOOKS

STEP 3

FIND NTU E-BOOKS

To search for e-books, scan here

To search for e-books, scan here Browse e-books at:

Come and visit the newly set-up e-book corner at Lee Wee Nam Library, level 3. You can browse sample e-books using mobile devices available there. 04

Lim Kong Meng

Browse e-books at: Head, Lee Wee Nam Library Engineering Science ckmlim@ntu.edu.sg Engineering

Science

Multidisciplinary

Other subject e-books

Multidisciplinary

Other subject e-books


DO YOU KNOW

WHAT’S THAT DRUG AGAIN? LIVING A LIFE BENEFITTING FROM TRANSLATIONAL MEDICAL RESEARCH

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Issue: Volume(11), 2011. [no page #] Copyright: The Cochrane Library, Copyright 2012, The Cochrane Collaboration Publication Type: [Reviews] ISSN: 1470-2045 Accession: CN-00785903 Keywords: Aged, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Acute Disease, Colonic Diseases, Colorectal Neoplasms, Emergencies, Intestinal Obstruction, Intestinal Obstruction, Intestinal Obstruction, Quality of Life, Stents

[Reviews]

Colorectal stents for the management of maligant colonic obstructions Sagar, Jayesh1

Author Information Royal Free Hampstead NHS Foundation Trust Department of Surgery Pond Street Hampstead London UKNW3 2QG Cochrane Colorectral Cancer Group Jayesh Sagar Jsagar_2001@yahoo.com 1

Stop, look at the pill that is in your hand. Do you marvel at how something so small can have a tremendous effect on your body? Drug discovery and bringing new medicine and treatments to the public is one of the many outcomes of translational medical research. Translational research can mean different things to different people. At its most basic premise, translational research aims to convert findings from basic science to practical applications which improve and enhance our daily lives. In the field of medicine, translational medical research is generally associated with the “bench to bedside” to “bedside to practice” concept. Promising discoveries at a research laboratory may be extended to preclinical studies and advanced to the development of clinical trials in humans. Some of the outcomes could be new treatment guidelines and new drugs to treat human diseases. A typical model of translational medical research has 4 periods which can be surmised as the Translational Train in the figure below. T1 is where proofs of concepts are tested on volunteers. During T2, the clinical effectiveness is determined. T3 starts the phase of wider implementation and acceptance. T4 is when outcomes are carried out as healthcare delivery at general population levels.

Sample record of a Randomized Controlled Trial from the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

For more clinical trials information, there are usually country-specific websites. In Singapore, the Health Sciences Authority (HAS) maintains a database of such trials. This publicly searchable resource provides basic details on the clinical trials that are currently being conducted in Singapore. Researchers looking for primary and secondary sources can consider scholarly journals. For published literature on translational research, highly recognised journals include: Journal Title 1

In NTU, the Library is well poised to support and facilitate the whole process of translational medical research, particularly through the provision of relevant and appropriate information resources to advance researchers in their work. Translational medical research makes heavy use of primary healthcare data. The Cochrane Library, published by The Cochrane Collaboration, is a collection of databases which contain high-quality, independent evidence and hence, a source of clinical trials results and systematic reviews. Cochrane reviews investigate the effects of interventions for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. They also assess the accuracies of diagnostic tests for given conditions in specific patient groups and settings which are then published online in The Cochrane Library.

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Journal of Laboratory and Clinical

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Medicine 3

Journal of Translational Medicine

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Academic Medicine

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American Journal of Translational Research

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Translational Train (Accessed from Applied Clinical Trials Online: http://www.appliedclinicaltrialsonline.com/appliedclinicaltrials/data/ articlestandard/appliedclinicaltrials/412014/856505/fig1.jpg)

Science Translational Medicine

Impact factor 2013

Journal of Translational Medicine & Epidemiology

Another aspect of translational medical research is that it is multidisciplinary and collaborative. It is only logical that a multidisciplinary team of researchers needs a team of multidisciplinary librarians. The Library has Subject Librarians who are experts in the information sources in their subject areas. They provide guidance in searching and research assistance in specialized databases in disciplines such as business, science and medicine. They can likewise collaborate and provide pertinent information sourced from a myriad of data sources available. So go ahead, swallow that pill in your hand, it has been through a long and rigorous journey to be what it is; medicine that cures you.

Caroline Pang

Head, Medical Library Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine carolinepang@ntu.edu.sg

Maggie Yin

Medical Librarian Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine maggieyin@ntu.edu.sg

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SHOWCASE YOUR RESEARCH MATERIALS WITH NTU DIGITAL PROJECTS

ADM Portfolio

You have published a paper or book or written a report or thesis. You might have accumulated research materials in various styles, forms and formats throughout your research, for example photographs or illustrations which you would be proud to share with other researchers with similar interests. You find traditional scholarly communication channels insufficient and you want broad exposure for your works. So, what can you do? Showcase them with NTU Digital Projects. We currently have two categories of NTU Digital Projects: Digital Scholarship (faculty and staff content) and Student Research Works. https://blogs.ntu.edu.sg/adm-portfolio/

Highlights of NTU Digital Projects Singapore Literature in English: An Annotated Bibliography

ADM Portfolio showcases student works from the School of Art, Design & Media. Students can share and promote their works on this official platform to their potential employers and collaborators. Current and past students may also enjoy ease of access to one another’s works here.

Physical exhibition of visual communication students’ works in ADM

Bibliography of Early Textbook Collection in Wang Gungwu Library https://eps.ntu.edu.sg/client/SingaporeLiterature

Professor Koh Tai Ann (College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences) approached the Library in 2010 to explore options to make the “Singapore Literature in English: an Annotated Bibliography” available online. The bibliography became the first NTU Digital Project in 2013. The online edition can be updated, expanded, and most importantly is openly accessible on the Internet for any interested parties around the world.

Singapore Literature in English: An Annotated Bibliography Call No.: Z3285.S617S Location: Humanities & Social Sciences Library https://eps.ntu.edu.sg/client/earlytextbook 06


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Why showcase my research? • You may not have had the opportunity to showcase your research in detail in your paper or book. • You may like to increase exposure of your research output to the world and not just to people with access to your paper or book. • You may want to provide a better user experience. Why NTU Digital Projects? • We have online platforms available for use. This NTU Digital Project showcases early textbooks used in Mainland China and Chinese schools in Southeast Asia since 1920s. The Wang Gungwu Library created the online searchable bibliography to complement the existing physical collection in the Wang Gungwu Library. View more NTU Digital Projects at http://www.ntu.edu.sg/Library/ digital Goh Su Nee

Senior Assistant Director (Scholarly Communication) sunee@ntu.edu.sg

BECOME AN EXPERT GOOGLER

• We have metadata experts who could advise on customising metadata records for search and browse purposes. • All metadata records are potentially discoverable on the Internet eg. via Google. • We want to help make you famous in your research field! How to start? Speak to your subject librarian. All faculty and researchers have a personal subject librarian. Look for them at http://www.ntu. edu.sg/Library/about/staffdirectory/Pages/subject.aspx

To conduct a search using this interface is just a simple step of keying in the keywords and terms in the relevant boxes provided. For example, this is how you can quickly locate a PDF document created by Jenny Wong, that is somewhere on the NTU site. 1. Key in ‘Jenny Wong’ for this exact word or phrase. 2. Type in ‘ntu.edu.sg’ for site or domain. 3. Under file type, select ‘Adobe Acrobat PDF’.

Ever wondered how you can search and get what you really want? For those of us who are more Google savvy, we use search operators (e.g. OR) and filters (e.g. site:) to conduct sophisticated searches. The good news is that you no longer need to memorize the syntax of such operators and filters to be an Expert Googler! Google provides an easy way to conduct such sophisticated searches via Google Advanced Search. To access the Google Advanced Search interface, key in “google advanced search” in the Search Box, then click on the first link provided in the search results, OR 1. Click ‘Settings’ at the bottom of the Google Search screen. 2. Click ‘Advanced Search’.

So, the next time you do a Google search, use the Advanced Search interface to input the options and see the improvement in the search results!

Ong Siew Chin

Librarian (Library Technology Group) siewchin@ntu.edu.sg

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YOUR GATEWAY TO EARTH SCIENCE The study of Earth is a long journey that encompasses an understanding of the origin of our planet to the way it is today. To quote British geologist Derek Victor Ager from The Nature of the Stratigraphical Record,

The history of any part of the earth, like the life of a soldier, consists of long periods of boredom and short periods of terror.

To help you get started on your quest for information on Earth Science, here is a list of some useful resources:

Subscribed Databases GeoRef (via GeoScienceWorld) Established by American Geosciences Institute, it is a comprehensive database in geosciences covering subjects such as geochemistry, marine geology and oceanography, paleontology, structural geology, geophysics, environmental geology etc.

ProQuest Earth Science Collection This collection contains full-text articles from nearly 1000 journals in earth sciences with granular access to figures and tables within articles. In addition to the GeoRef database, ProQuest Deep Indexing provides searching of indexed figures, tables, graphs, maps, charts and other illustrations from scholarly journals

E-books Lyell Collection An online collection of Earth science literature from Geological Society of London. It covers all 367 volumes of Special Publications; 22 volumes of Engineering Geology Special Publications; 36 volumes of Memoirs; and 4 volumes of Petroleum Geology Conference Series. In addition to these monographs, all the journals at Lyell Collection are also accessible.

Treatise on Geophysics 1st ed.

Provides access to four geosciences book series publications: Special Papers (volume 300 onwards); Memoirs (volume 186 onwards); Field Guides (volume 1 onwards); and Reviews in Engineering Geology (volume 16 onwards).

This is the only comprehensive, state-of-the-art, and integrated summary of the present state of geophysics. Offering an array of articles from some of the top scientists around the world, this 11-volume work deals with all major parts of Solid-Earth Geophysics, including a volume on the terrestrial planets and moons in our solar system. This major reference work will aid researchers, advanced undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professionals in cutting-edge research that can be conducted easily, with all the relevant information that they need right at their fingertips.

AGU collection

Treatise on Geochemistry 1st ed.

Provides more than 500 Earth and space sciences titles including these series: Geophysical Monograph Series, Antarctic Research Series, Special Publications, Water Resources Monograph, Geodynamics Series, History of Geophysics, Field Trip Guidebooks, Short Courses in Geology, Global Geoscience Transects, Coastal and Estuarine Studies, Computational Seismology and Geodynamics, AGU Reference Shelf, and Water Science and Application.

The “Treatise on Geochemistry” is the first work providing a comprehensive, integrated summary of the present state of geochemistry. It deals with all the major subjects in the field, ranging from the chemistry of the solar system to environmental geochemistry. The “Treatise on Geochemistry” has drawn on the expertise of outstanding scientists throughout the world, creating “the” reference work in geochemistry for the next decade.

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Image Courtesy of Michael Collier Image source: Earth Science World Image Bank


RESOURCES Encyclopedia of Geology

Earth Science Images

This unrivalled, five-volume work covers all aspects of geology including earth history, earth materials, surface processes, regional geology, economic geology, engineering geology, petroleum geology, geochemical and mineral exploration, history of geology, and more

Earth Science World Image Bank http://www.earthscienceworld.org/images/ NASA Image Exchange (NIX) http://nix.nasa.gov/

Sciences of the earth: an encyclopedia of events, people, and phenomena This surveys the history of geosciences to show the evolution of ideas about the earth. Disciplines (geology, geography, geophysics, oceanography, meteorology, etc.) cover 230-plus articles that describe historical explanations of earthly occurrences, important institutions, major historical issues, and topics that do not fall within mainstream science such as occult philosophy and magic. The emphasis is on Western science, although some other cultures are represented.

EROS Image Gallery Collections http://eros.usgs.gov/imagegallery/

Geoscience Societies & Organisations American Geophysical Union (AGU) http://sites.agu.org/ American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) http://www.aapg.org/

The Encyclopedia of Earthquakes and Volcanoes

The Oceanographic Society (TOS)

This contains over 1,000 listings ranging from historical volcanoes and quakes (both famous and obscure) to entries on specific seismic phenomena (parasitic cones to jökulhlaup) and general geological principles, such as plate tectonics and seismic wave types. The encyclopedia also contains a lengthy bibliography, a list of Internet resources, a chronological listing of notable quakes and eruptions, and a handful of eyewitness accounts.

http://www.tos.org Geological Society of America (GSA) http://geosociety.org Geological Society of London http://www.geolsoc.org.uk The Geologists Association http://www.geologists.org.uk/ British Geological Survey http://www.bgs.ac.uk/ Palaeontological Association http://www.palass.org/

Glossaries Earthquakes http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/glossary/ Paleontology (USGS) http://geology.er.usgs.gov/paleo/glossary.shtml Volcanoes http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Glossary/volcano_terminology.html Geologic Glossary http://geomaps.wr.usgs.gov/parks/misc/glossarya.html Image Courtesy of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Image source: Earth Science World Image Bank

News & Events

Reference

Derek Victor Ager (1923-1992, British geologist) in “The Nature of the Stratigraphical Record, 3rd edn” (1993), 141 http://jcdverha.home.xs4all.nl/scijokes/5_3.html

Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union A library-subscribed international weekly newspaper of the Earth and space sciences, offers timely articles on geophysics topics, news items, meeting summaries, book reviews etc.

Leena Shah

Science Librarian (Earth Sciences) leenas@ntu.edu.sg

EurekAlert! http://www.eurekalert.org/aboutus.php is an online, global news service operated by American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the science society. 09


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3 QUICK WAYS TO ACCESS LIBRARY RESOURCES

2. Access OneSearch from any webpage With the Library toolbar you can highlight text on a web page and right-click to search it as keywords in OneSearch or Google Scholar.

FROM USING CHROME OR FIREFOX

Want to access articles found using Google? Want to know whether that book you found in Amazon is available in NTU Libraries? Want to know whether the Library has access to that journal that you need? We have a new toolbar that makes accessing paid resources a breeze. It allows you to access OneSearch, journals, databases and the Library Catalogue.

Right click menu showing the “LibX for Google Chrome” option

3. Autolinks The Library toolbar recognizes ISSNs, ISBNs, PubMed IDs and DOIs and turn them into autolinks that you may use to search for books, journals and articles from Library’s collection. Just click! 1. Get full text of an article found on the Web When you find an article on the Web, be it from the publisher’s website or from Google, which you are required to pay before you can access the full text, what do you do? Use the Library toolbar. At the article page, do a right mouse click, choose the “Reload page via full text @ NTU Library” option. If NTU Libraries has subscribed to that resource you will be able to access the full text after the page reloads.

Screenshot of Amazon.com showing autolinked ISBNs

Kannadasan Venkatachalam Assistant Director (Library Technology Group) venki@ntu.edu.sg

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中文资讯系列介绍(四) —中文影像资料

3. 邵氏电影盒 ZiiEagle Movie Box 对于研究中文电影的同学或者对中文老电影有兴趣的同学来说,香 港邵氏电影当然是不可错过的。通过邵氏电影合集(ZiiEagle Movie Box),你可以观看邵氏于1958至1986间拍摄的一共668部电影。 这些电影收录在一个叫 ZiiEagle 的便携式电影盒里(见图三), 你可以到以下图书馆浏览:传播信息图书馆 ( Communication and Information Library)、商务图书馆 (Business Library) 和 艺术、设计、 媒体图书馆 (Art, Design & Media Library)。

如果你想通过一种轻松直观的方式了解中国的语言、文化,或者只是 想呆在宿舍里打发一个慵懒的周末下午,那么去图书馆借张中文影 碟,或者通过图书馆网站浏览网上电影是个不错的选择。该如何查找 图书馆所藏中文影像资料呢?你可以通过以下几个步骤:

1. 通过图书馆主页 oneSEARCH 来查找: 先在左边菜单选择“Audio-Visuals”,再在检索栏目输入关键字如“中 国文化” ,然后点击 “go” 或者按 “enter” 键开始查找(见图一)。在检索 结果中,你会发现很多记录片,如《中国文化欣赏》(索书号:DS721. Z63ec), 《中国十大王朝》(索书号:DS735.Z63TD DISCS 1- 4 ) 以及 《中国历史文化名镇》(索书号:HT147.C6Z63Z ) 等,让你轻轻松松走 上中国文化之旅。

中国文化

图三:邵氏电影盒

4. 亚太电影数据库 Asia Pacific Films.com 如 果你不 想去图书馆借 影碟,你也可以 通 过图书馆 数 据 库 A s i a Pacific Films.com(见图四)网上浏览亚太地区电影。 图一: oneSEARCH 检索界面

2. 通过图书馆目录 (Library Catalogue) 的“高级检索”功能来查找: 在上图oneSE ARCH界面,先在左边菜单选择 “Audio-V isuals” 并点击右下角 “Library Catalogue”, 或者直接链接 https://opac4. ntu.edu.sg 进入图书馆目录页,然后点击 “Advanced Search” 进 入高 级检 索 页 面( 见 图二)。你 可 以在 “ W ord s ” 栏目输 入 关 键字如“电影”,再在 “format” 栏目选择 “Audio-Visuals”, 然后点击 “search” 或者按 “enter” 键开始查找。你将检索到近 300 种中文 电影,像《大红灯笼高高挂》( 索书号:PL2904. T86D111 2005)、 《囍宴》(索书号:PN1995.9.H55X6 2004) 以及《花样年华》(索书 号:PN1995.9.M27H874H 2003 ) 等,绝对让你惊喜连连!

你可以直接在 oneSearch 界面,选择左边菜单“Database Titles” 并 输入题目 “Asia Pacific Films” 进入该数据库,或者点击页面下方的 “Database List”, 进入数据库首字母列表找到该数据库,或通过学科 分类列表 (Subject List), 在 Art & Design 〉Film & Music 类下,找到该 数据库。  在这里,你会发现很多亚太地区国家的电影供网上浏览,大多数电影 以前并没有在国外公映过。里面有16部中文影片,如 “the Mongolian Tale(黑骏马)”,曾获第十九届蒙特利尔国际电影节最佳导演奖; “the Black Snow(本命年)”, 获第四十届西柏林国际电影节银熊奖; “crossing over(凤凰)”,中日合拍,2007年第20届东京电影节开幕 片,等等,风格迥异的影片,让你一览当代中国电影之美!

电影

图四:亚太电影数据库

阮阳 中文图书馆主管

ruanyang@ntu.edu.sg

图二:图书馆目录高级检索界面

更正: 上期有关《康熙字典》一文,其捐赠人DR DENIS JEN 的中文名字“何九皋”乃 “任九皋”之误,特此勘误并致歉

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A WORD FROM THE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIAN

THE LIBRARY IS A SERVICE, NOT JUST A RESOURCE Many people think of a library as a treasure trove of information resources. The more resources it owns, the more valuable the library. However libraries are also much more than the collections they own or the information they provide through subscription of online electronic resources.

information, gathering scholarly information using systematic literature review processes and adhering to good research integrity practices. One of the outcomes of using information is the creation of new information. As a research institution, our university naturally produces huge amounts of quality publications as the product of frontier research work engaged by our staff. Our librarians help staff to participate actively in open access, e.g. depositing their publications in our repository so that they create a wider impact on the global community. For researchers who have collected or created digital resources that they wish to share with others, our Digital Projects programme helps to organize and provide a platform to host them for access.

The value of a modern academic library lies in the range of services it provides to enable users to make the best use of information to do their work and to increase their knowledge. The focus of libraries today is on use rather than availability of information. In evolving to meet the demands of the changing information landscape, libraries are guided by how they can be of greatest service to their users. Long gone are the days when information resides mostly in print books and journals kept in libraries. Today, information, including much that is provided and mediated by libraries is mostly accessed via the Internet. The Library is not so much a treasure trove of resources than a magical gateway of links and clicks to immediate gratification in full text, image, audio, video and multimedia interaction. Our Library is also a pioneer in using social media and blogs to support academic work. For example, many teaching and course blogs have been set up for faculty to supplement their teaching programmes. We also support any member of our NTU community in creating blogs for academic, research or outreach purposes as part of the blogs@ntu programme. As the scholarly communication environment changes, the Library always tries to anticipate the needs of our researchers and users in the publishing and research environment. One of the new services that our library is actively preparing for is support for data management and research integrity work. This is an example of how the Library adapts and transforms its traditional skills in new operating environments.

However, every advance in technological innovation seems to be accompanied by new challenges or expose underlying complexities. For example, today’s information environment is akin to mixing silt, sand and gold dust where previously they were separated. Also there is more of everything to compound the problem. Using information optimally, appropriately and confidently is becoming more difficult. This is more so for research and learning activities which depend on accurate, authentic and reliable information. Our Library provides various systems, from traditional to the latest tech tools to help users identify as well as discover information – brick and mortar browsing for those who wish to explore with all their senses, and faceted searching and recommendation engines for those who prefer gluing themselves to computer monitors. More importantly, classes and individual guidance by librarians on using information provides personalized help to users on assessing

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Thus, the Library is not just a valuable resource for users to draw information from, but is a service that goes beyond provision of information to help users to engage successfully in the acquisition and creation of knowledge. Once library users think of libraries in this larger context, they will be able to benefit much more from our services.

Choy Fatt Cheong University Librarian librarian@ntu.edu.sg

Library Xpress Volume 10 Issue 1 January 2015  
Library Xpress Volume 10 Issue 1 January 2015  

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