Know where to access resources & services from library portal
Be able to locate relevant library materials of different formats (books, journal articles, theses, newspapers)
Be able to search effectively Economics databases for:
Table of contents
Search Statistical Sources
Search Internet resources
Other useful information
Sources Search Books Articles and Working papers Theses Newspapers Statistical data Other internet sources Authoritative Quite recent cutting edge work In-depth treatment Recent, reactions Pre-publication, interesting ideas Quantitative data
Where to find them
Only for checking if a certain source title such as journal title, database or newspaper title is available but not for searching for article titles .
Other relevant databases can be found in Economics subject guide .
Other sources of thesis can be found in LION .
See also Statistics on Singapore .
Microforms LINC / LINC 1 + Factiva, Lexus-Nexus Newspaper articles Other resources (particularly Singapore statistics) 4 Statistical databases such as Singstat, EIU Country data 2 Statistics Wikis, Citeulike Blogs Mailing lists Other internet sources Theses databases 3 such as ProQuest Dissertations and Theses LINC/LINC+ Theses Google scholar LINC / LINC 1 + or Infogate Databases 2 such as EconLit, Scopus, Web of Science, Perind Articles, conference paper Google books LINC/LINC+ Books Source 3 Source 2 Source 1 Item type
Software that stores & organizes references
Can import references directly into a Word document in a preferred citation style
Procedure to Install EndNote X2
Import saved citations from other sources into EndNote X2
Insert Citations from EndNote into Microsoft Word
National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) research grant
“ Reimbursement of direct expenses incurred on the research up to maximum of $1,000 for Honours or equivalent degree students.”
“ Cash award of $1,000 and it will be given out each application year to the most outstanding thesis”
Social costs of gambling
Cost-benefit analysis of gambling industry
Impact studies of casino industry
Mechanics of searching
Use natural language
List keywords, synonyms & variant spellings
May have to refine or broaden search with
AND, OR, NOT, * , ( )
Formulate a keyword search statement
Can limit search by language, by date
Sort by relevance and times cited if available
Edit search statement and refine search again.
Mark, save, print, email, export results
Retrieve full-text if necessary
Grouping using parentheses
Proximity search - e.g. “near 4”,
Keywords & Concepts
Build your search: Boolean operators
AND is used to indicate that both terms must be present
OR is used to indicate that either terms may be present
NOT is used to indicate that one term must not be present
Casino AND gambling casino gambling Gambling NOT online online Gambling Casino Gambling Casino Gambling
Build your search: Truncation *, Round parentheses ( )
Use * for variant forms of term
Gambl* = gambl ing , gambl ers
casino * = casino s ,
Use ( ) to execute commands inside innermost parentheses first
“ social cost” and (casino or gamblers)
= social cost of casino
= social cost of gamblers
“ social cost” and (casino* and gambl*)
= social cost of casinos HIT!
= Social cost of gambling HIT!
Proximity operators (advanced AND)
Proximity operators allow you to retrieve items where one search term is within n (where n is a number) words of another.
Near Operator — finds words within x number of words from each other, regardless of the order in which they occur.
Example: cost n2 gambling would find “ cost of gambling " or “ gambling on cost " but not “ The cost of very long term addiction to gambling “
Within Operator (Wx) — finds words within x number of words from each other, in the order they are entered in the search.
Example: cost w2 gambling would find “ Cost of gambling ” but not “ gambling cost ”
Consistency of search operators?
And , OR , NOT , are standard symbols and can be used in almost all databases.
This is less true of the multi-character wildcard * ! For example EconLit, use $ instead.
Use of proximity operators varies even more.
Be careful! For most databases, there is no difference between using “AND” versus “and” , but a few might.
Therefore please consult specific search guide for each database.
SAMPLE SEARCH QUERY What are the economic impacts of Legalized casino gaming? “ Economic impact*” or Cost* Casino* or gambl* (“Economic impact*” or Cost*) and (casino* or gambl*)
Searching for books
Search using LINC, keyword search
Show expansion of search using subject headings
Import into Endnote desktop
Look for limited previews in Google books
Search for Journal articles
Searching article databases
Getting the full-text articles (online or print)
What to do when you can’t get the full text article – Document Delivery Service
E - RESOURCES
Ways to access databases from Library portal Search under E-Resources Click on More Databases Select E-Resources
Comprehensive article search
Look for “pure” Economics papers – papers written from the Economist’s point of view = EconLit , NBER Working Papers
Supplement with closely related business and social science databases = Social Sciences Abstracts , ABI/Inform Complete , Business Source Premier
Further supplement with cross-disciplinary papers using comprehensive databases = Web of Science , Scopus , Google Scholar .
Databases (articles) we will cover
Web of Science
Producer: The American Economic Association
Coverage: 1969 – present
Provides bibliographic references and abstracts of journal articles, book chapters/reviews, working papers from RePEC , some dissertations, etc. More details .
Contains more than 350,000 records on accounting, consumer economics, monetary policy, labor, marketing etc.
One of the major resources for Economics , mostly citations, some full-text.
OvidSP Test Database Use http://ovidsp.ovid.com to access EconLit
“ Natural language” search, do not enter boolean operators (And, Or, Not)
Let’s search ECONLIT! (For advanced ovid search and multi-field search only) What are the economic impacts of Legalized casino gaming? “ Economic impact$” or Cost$ Casino$ or gambl$ (“Economic impact$” or Cost$) and (casino$ or gambl$)
Natural language search
Do not enter Boolean operators, wildcards, truncation in search box
Click on “include related terms”
Apply a database limit(s) – optional
Use search aid for “narrow search”
Advanced Ovid Search
Allows for more complex and exact searches
Use Boolean operators, such as OR, AND, NOT
Use * for multi-character wildcard (truncation)
More information can be found on the “Database field guide” on the top of the screen.
Really advanced – use indexes (see next screen)
Search tips for EconLit
Ovidsp Multi-field search
New interface added recently, “searcher builder” for multi-field search
Other search options
Uses for searching for full details of a specific known existing article.
Search using specific indexes such as country, isbn, year of publication etc.
Example – In Advanced Ovid search, search using ct.singapore and casino.
See me if you want to know more.
Sliver Platter Search
To be dropped by OVIDSP, not recommended
Other generic tips
Use ‘ Search History ’ to combine the searches with Boolean search operators OR and AND
Sort by score, year of publication etc
“ Find citing articles”, to find articles quoting the target article.
Coverage: 1841-1996 (17 million records) , 1996- (16 million records)
Largest abstract and citation database covering science, technical, medial, social science
Use this to supplement your search to go beyond Economics for multi-disciplinary papers.
Let’s search Scopus! What are the economic impacts of Legalized casino gaming? “ Economic impact*” or Cost* Casino* or gambl* (“Economic impact*” or Cost*) and (casino* or gambl*)
Scopus Basic Search
Exporting downloading Scopus results
Export citations to Endnote
Search tips for Scopus
Use Boolean operators, such as OR, AND, NOT, also multi-character wildcard *
Default search in “Article title, Abstract, Keywords”
Use Limit fields
Use Refine results
Combine Search History
Command Line search
Not really recommended
Other features relates to citation and are not that relevant for searching.
Web of Science
Web of Science
Producer: Thomson Scientific
Competes with Scopus
Don’t be fooled by name, includes Social Sciences Citation Index, provides access to
multidisciplinary & scholarly journal literature of the social sciences
full text articles
Web of Science
Search tips for Web of Science
- search subject words (topic), author name(s) or affiliation, journal title,…
- requires search field tags e.g. ts=topic
- enables restricting items from your search with “not.”
- allows for combining previous searches
Viewing search results
- click on title to view full record
- for combining search result sets
- saving search strategies for future use.
PERIND Periodical Index to Articles relating to Singpaore, Malaysia, Brunei and ASEAN
Periodical Index to articles relating to Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei & ASEAN
Producer: NUS Libraries
Humanities, social sciences, business, medicine architecture, building, science, law
Journal articles, book chapters & book reviews, conference papers
Use drop-down menu for Boolean operators & fields
Enter keywords, subject terms, phrases…
Save selected records using IE toolbar
File> Save as> html format.
Major international & local newspapers:
New York Times, Asian Wall Street Journal, Business Times, The Straits Times, more…
Access via Library portal>E-Resources> E-Newspapers
Two major databases
Lexis/ Nexis Academic
Note at this time, you cannot export citations from these two databases.
In-house collection of articles from Straits Times and Business Times
Articles about Singapore, Malaysia, ASEAN
Check LION under Press Clippings Collection - Subject Headings List
Available from Singapore-Malaysia Collection
The Straits Times from 1880 -
Factiva Search vs search 2.0
Example of Factiva search
Materials Not Found in Library
Document Delivery Services (DDS)
Journal articles, book chapters, conference Papers
Request via E-Forms (Library Portal)
All requests must be approved by Supervisor
Free, but maximum 3 requests for Honours years
NUS Theses & Academic exercises (PRINT)
Search LINC, by
Under Find ,
By call no : HD30* and choose Theses Collection (optional)
Search LINC+, by keywords :
m soc sc Economics national university singapore
academic exercise economics national university singapore
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (Online)
Producer: Proquest UMI
Includes over 2 million master's theses and dissertations, with over 60,000 titles added every year from Universities in United States and Canada.
Provides full text access for many items.
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
Search for North American Dissertations & Theses
Access via E-Resources>Databases>By type>Statistical Data and Economics subject guide
EIU CountryData , EIU CityData , EIU Market Indicators and Business Forecast
International Financial Statistics
World development Indicators Online
SourceOECD (OECD Stat)
Statistics Database (World Trade Organisation )
Demo Intro Demo Intro Time series on international trade of service and commodities, trade and tariff profiles
Statistical Sources II
Global Market Information Database (GMID)
ISI Emerging Markets
Frost & Sullivan
Orbis and Osiris
Excellent business database, draws data from IFS as well. IT industry related industry reports Covers 35 countries only Specific Company related information.
Statistical Sources III
Yearbook of statistics, Singapore (print & web )
SingSTAT Time Series
Singapore 1000 (CDROM)
Statistics on Singapore : annotated bibliography
Standard statistics reference, latest version is always online Other statistics from Dept of Statistics- request with supervisors permission Singapore Trade Stats Company Info on biggest S’pore companies
More statistics database
Select the following
Geographic coverage : Region, Country or Country aggregate (e.g ASEAN)
Statistic series (e.g. Real GDP : US$ at 2005 prices)
Don’t neglect print! Search LINC with subject heading . e.g China statistic
Resources on WWW http://www.citeulike.org/ http://www.helsinki.fi/WebEc/EconVLib.html http://academicblogs.org/wiki/index.php/Economics . Citeulike WWW Virtual Library Economics Blogs on Economics
OTHER USEFUL RESOURCES
Good starting point for research
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