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