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Finding Public Policy briefs
Finding Public Policy briefs
Finding Public Policy briefs
Finding Public Policy briefs
Finding Public Policy briefs
Finding Public Policy briefs
Finding Public Policy briefs
Finding Public Policy briefs
Finding Public Policy briefs
Finding Public Policy briefs
Finding Public Policy briefs
Finding Public Policy briefs
Finding Public Policy briefs
Finding Public Policy briefs
Finding Public Policy briefs
Finding Public Policy briefs
Finding Public Policy briefs
Finding Public Policy briefs
Finding Public Policy briefs
Finding Public Policy briefs
Finding Public Policy briefs
Finding Public Policy briefs
Finding Public Policy briefs
Finding Public Policy briefs
Finding Public Policy briefs
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  • 1. LKY SPP – LIBRARY TUTORIAL BY AARON TAY (AARONTAY@NUS.EDU.SG) RESOURCES FOR WRITING POLICY BRIEFS
  • 2. WRITING A POLICY BRIEF (
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Sources recommended on subject guide <ul><li>Can we search them all at the same time? </li></ul><ul><li>Google? </li></ul>
  • 9. GOOGLE CUSTOM ENGINES (
  • 10. Using Google
  • 11. Google Custom Search Engine I <ul><li>Searches 200+ Think tanks &amp; International organizations (IO) sites </li></ul><ul><li>Refine by asian/western think tanks &amp; IO </li></ul><ul><li>Organized by Aaron </li></ul>http://www.google.com/cse/home?cx=015174417282623600286:ixdckgldjpa
  • 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&amp;ie=UTF-8
  • 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. GOOGLE SEARCH TIPS (
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. GOOGLE &amp; GOOGLE SCHOLAR
  • 20. PROXY BOOKMARK &amp; SEARCH PLUGIN (
  • 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 &amp; 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. 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. 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. MAJOR USE
  • 25. <ul><li>THANK YOU! </li></ul>

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