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    • LKY SPP – LIBRARY TUTORIAL BY AARON TAY (AARONTAY@NUS.EDU.SG) RESOURCES FOR WRITING POLICY BRIEFS
    • WRITING A POLICY BRIEF (
    • WHAT DO YOU NEED?
        • Description of current situation
        • List of policy instruments
        • Statistics (lots of it)
        • Analysis
    • 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,
    • 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!
    • Asia-Studies Full-text Online
      • “ Asia-Studies Full-text Online is the premier database for the study of modern Asia-Pacific. ”
    • BUT IS THIS ENOUGH?
      • What about content on
        • GOVERNMENT SITES?
        • INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS?
        • OTHER THINK TANK/ POLICY CENTRE PAPERS ?
        • ( Recommended by your lecturers )
    • Sources recommended on subject guide
      • Can we search them all at the same time?
      • Google?
    • GOOGLE CUSTOM ENGINES (
    • Using Google
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • GOOGLE SEARCH TIPS (
    • 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/
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • GOOGLE & GOOGLE SCHOLAR
    • PROXY BOOKMARK & SEARCH PLUGIN (
    • 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
    • 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
    • How to install the Proxy Bookmarklet in my browser?
      • Click on the link below and follow the instructions:
        • http://bit.ly/nuslibproxy
    • MAJOR USE
      • THANK YOU!