LKY SPP – LIBRARY TUTORIAL  BY AARON TAY (AARONTAY@NUS.EDU.SG) RESOURCES FOR WRITING POLICY BRIEFS
WRITING A POLICY BRIEF  (
WHAT DO YOU NEED? <ul><ul><li>Description of current situation  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>List of policy instruments  </l...
Types of resources <ul><li>Academic papers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search Scopus, EconLit, Expanded Academic and  more (see ...
Asian sources?  <ul><li>Some databases to try </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bibliography of Asian Studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><...
Asia-Studies Full-text Online <ul><li>“ Asia-Studies Full-text  Online is the premier database for the study of modern Asi...
BUT IS THIS ENOUGH? <ul><li>What about content on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GOVERNMENT SITES? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>INTER...
Sources recommended on  subject guide <ul><li>Can we search them all at the same time? </li></ul><ul><li>Google?  </li></ul>
GOOGLE CUSTOM  ENGINES (
Using Google
Google Custom Search Engine I <ul><li>Searches 200+ Think tanks & International organizations (IO) sites </li></ul><ul><li...
Google Custom Search Engines II <ul><li>Searches 30 government websites (mostly Asian) </li></ul><ul><li>Refine by country...
Other Google custom search engines <ul><li>Intergovernmental Organization Search Engine  (355 IGOS) </li></ul><ul><li>Non-...
GOOGLE SEARCH TIPS (
Advanced Google searching <ul><li>Other useful links </li></ul><ul><li>Google basics </li></ul><ul><li>Crafting Your Query...
GOOGLE TRUE OR FALSE? <ul><li>Google returns only pages that match  all  your search terms. </li></ul><ul><li>TRUE, except...
GOOGLE TRUE OR FALSE II ? <ul><li>Which of the following is true of Google? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Case insensitive </li></...
GOOGLE TRUE OR FALSE III ? <ul><li>Which of the following cannot be done in Google? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search for exact...
GOOGLE & GOOGLE SCHOLAR
PROXY BOOKMARK & SEARCH PLUGIN (
What are Search Plugins? <ul><li>Allows you to do a direct search from your internet browser search box  </li></ul><ul><li...
What is a Proxy Bookmarklet? <ul><li>Inserts the  NUS library proxy  stem ( libproxy1.nus.edu.sg ) into the URL of the art...
How to install the Proxy Bookmarklet in my browser?   <ul><li>Click on the link below and follow the instructions:   </li>...
MAJOR USE
<ul><li>THANK YOU! </li></ul>
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  1. 1. LKY SPP – LIBRARY TUTORIAL BY AARON TAY (AARONTAY@NUS.EDU.SG) RESOURCES FOR WRITING POLICY BRIEFS
  2. 2. WRITING A POLICY BRIEF (
  3. 3. WHAT DO YOU NEED? <ul><ul><li>Description of current situation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>List of policy instruments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Statistics (lots of it) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Analysis </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Types of resources <ul><li>Academic papers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search Scopus, EconLit, Expanded Academic and more (see subject guide) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Infogate </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Policy briefs, White papers, Discussion papers, Policy papers, Occasion papers, </li></ul>
  5. 5. Asian sources? <ul><li>Some databases to try </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bibliography of Asian Studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Asia Studies Full-Text Online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Southeast Asian Studies Database 东南亚研究资料库  </li></ul></ul>Important: You might not want to restrict your searches only to asian sources!
  6. 6. Asia-Studies Full-text Online <ul><li>“ Asia-Studies Full-text Online is the premier database for the study of modern Asia-Pacific. ” </li></ul>
  7. 7. BUT IS THIS ENOUGH? <ul><li>What about content on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GOVERNMENT SITES? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OTHER THINK TANK/ POLICY CENTRE PAPERS ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>( Recommended by your lecturers ) </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Sources recommended on subject guide <ul><li>Can we search them all at the same time? </li></ul><ul><li>Google? </li></ul>
  9. 9. GOOGLE CUSTOM ENGINES (
  10. 10. Using Google
  11. 11. Google Custom Search Engine I <ul><li>Searches 200+ Think tanks & International organizations (IO) sites </li></ul><ul><li>Refine by asian/western think tanks & IO </li></ul><ul><li>Organized by Aaron </li></ul>http://www.google.com/cse/home?cx=015174417282623600286:ixdckgldjpa
  12. 12. Google Custom Search Engines II <ul><li>Searches 30 government websites (mostly Asian) </li></ul><ul><li>Refine by country (show pdf only) </li></ul>http://www.google.com/cse?cx=015174417282623600286%3Ao-ftgxmhyyg&ie=UTF-8
  13. 13. Other Google custom search engines <ul><li>Intergovernmental Organization Search Engine (355 IGOS) </li></ul><ul><li>Non-governmental Organizations Search </li></ul><ul><li>Sub-Saharan African Governments Search Engine </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.google.com/cse/home?cx=006748068166572874491:55ez0c3j3ey </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.google.com/cse/home?cx=012681683249965267634:q4g16p05-ao </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.google.com/cse/home?cx=004216246918580239447:kzrbc4uvlna </li></ul>
  14. 14. GOOGLE SEARCH TIPS (
  15. 15. Advanced Google searching <ul><li>Other useful links </li></ul><ul><li>Google basics </li></ul><ul><li>Crafting Your Query by using Special Characters ( summary ) </li></ul><ul><li>Google advanced search form </li></ul><ul><li>Google cheat-sheet </li></ul>http://www.googleguide.com/
  16. 16. GOOGLE TRUE OR FALSE? <ul><li>Google returns only pages that match all your search terms. </li></ul><ul><li>TRUE, except </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ignore stop words (e.g. the, a, you) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Except if quotes are used or all are stop words. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does stemming (i.e it finds variant forms child/children, Hyphenated Terms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Add +keyword for exact search </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Common abbreviations (e.g. NYC) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ignores special characters and some punctuation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other special exceptions </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. GOOGLE TRUE OR FALSE II ? <ul><li>Which of the following is true of Google? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Case insensitive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Order in which you type terms in query is important </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There is no way to use OR operator </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All true except </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(3) , simply type keyword1 OR keyword2 </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. GOOGLE TRUE OR FALSE III ? <ul><li>Which of the following cannot be done in Google? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search for exact phrase </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exclude a certain keyword </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search for synonyms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do a proximity search </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All true except maybe (2) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Add quotes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use wild card “A * B” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use minus –keyword </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use tilde ~keyword </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. GOOGLE & GOOGLE SCHOLAR
  20. 20. PROXY BOOKMARK & SEARCH PLUGIN (
  21. 21. What are Search Plugins? <ul><li>Allows you to do a direct search from your internet browser search box </li></ul><ul><li>Saves time from having to visit a page & then inputting your search query </li></ul><ul><li>How to install these plugins? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://bit.ly/searchplugin </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. What is a Proxy Bookmarklet? <ul><li>Inserts the NUS library proxy stem ( libproxy1.nus.edu.sg ) into the URL of the article. </li></ul>Vendor User NUS Library Proxy server I want article X I want article X Okay you are recognized, here is article X. Here is article X
  23. 23. How to install the Proxy Bookmarklet in my browser? <ul><li>Click on the link below and follow the instructions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://bit.ly/nuslibproxy </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. MAJOR USE
  25. 25. <ul><li>THANK YOU! </li></ul>
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