Library Tutorial for South Asian Studies

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  • 1. South Asian Studies Library Tutorial for Graduate Students Vimala Nambiar Senior Librarian, Information Services 2010 Central Library
  • 2. Objectives
    • To show you how to :
    • Formulate search strategy
    • Use Boolean operators
    • Identify and use relevant databases
    • Use advanced features in LINC
    • Use services via the Library Portal
    • Get assistance with your research
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  • 3. Learning Outcomes
    • You will know how to:
    • Effectively search databases using search strategy, Boolean operators...
    • Understand the differences between LINC and LINC+
    • Use LINC to save and export records
    • Navigate the Library Portal for resources & services
    • Get assistance for your research
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  • 4. Outline
    • Concept of search strategy
    • Searching Articles via E-Resources
    • Library Portal
    • LINC vs. LINC+
    • Advanced Features of LINC
    • Getting help for your research
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  • 5. Search Strategy List terms to describe concepts: Care -- Home, Hospital Aged -- Elderly, older people India – South, North START Consult: supervisor or librarian Search for Materials -facts -books -articles List concepts in topic: Care of the aged in India Check: LINC & E-resource s Note: location & call no. to get materials Use references in books or articles Get materials from DDS or other libraries END N Y Adequate? N Y START Central Library 4
  • 6. Keywords and Terms
    • Care of the aged in India
    • Break down the topic into main concepts and key words
    • List synonyms, broader or narrower terms, variant spelling
      • Care: home care, hospital care
      • Aged: elderly, older people
      • India: South India, Kerala , Tamil Nadu
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  • 7. Keywords & Statement
    • Key Terms
    • Care
    • (aged OR elderly OR older people)
    • India
    • Search Statement
    • Care AND (age* OR elderly OR older people) AND India
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  • 8. Search Strategies
    • Use :
    • Boolean operators
    • Truncation
    • Grouping
    • Key words or controlled vocabulary
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  • 9. Boolean Operators
    • AND is used to indicate that both terms must be present
    • Used to narrow search
    AND Nepal Social movements Central Library 8
  • 10. Boolean Operators
    • OR is used to indicate that either terms may be present
    • Use synonyms to broaden search
    OR Madrasah Islamic Religious schools Central Library 9
  • 11. Boolean Operators
    • NOT is used to:
    • Exclude terms
    • Narrow search
    • e.g. South Asia NOT Bhutan
    South Asia NOT Bhutan Central Library 10
  • 12. Truncation
    • The truncation symbol is usually an * or a ?
    • Used to search for multiple endings and variant spellings
    • Right hand truncation global * will retrieve
      • Global, globally, globalization, globalisation
    • Internal truncation wom ? en will retrieve
      • Wom a n and wom e n
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  • 13. Grouping Using Parentheses
    • Round parentheses ( )
      • Used to group words to be searched together
        • (aged OR elderly OR “older people”)
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  • 14. Subject Headings & Thesaurus
    • Use when you are :
      • not sure what keywords to use
      • Looking for :
        • Related terms
        • Broader or narrower terms
    • Contemporary Thesaurus of Search Terms & Synonyms (CALL NO.Z699.5 Soc.K)
    • Library of Congress Subject Headings (Call NO. Z695 Uni)
    • Available at Information Desk level 5.
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  • 15. Sources of Information
    • Current
    • Last Week
    • Last Month
    • Last Year
    Retrospective Last 10 Years
    • Newspapers
    • Current Contents
    • Conference papers
    • Journal articles
    Books Central Library 14
  • 16. Sources of Information Type of Materials What to use Book Chapters Journal Articles Conference papers LINC & LINC+ Books Theses Conference proceedings E-Resources Central Library 15
  • 17. Research Tools
    • LINC and LINC+
    • InfoGate
    • E-Resources
    • Print reference sources
    • Web Resources
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  • 18. Central Library 33 LINC vs. LINC+ LINC+ LINC
      • search many fields (title, author, keyword, subject)
      • good for browsing & discovery
      • search one field (title, author, keyword, subject, call no., ISBN) etc
      • good for precise search
  • 19. InfoGate Central Library 16
  • 20. Advanced Features in LINC
    • Mark and Save Records
      • - Search & Mark
      • - Save Marked Records
      • - Export Saved List & Clear Saved Records
    • Export Saved List Screen
      • - Screen to display
      • - Email
      • - Brief display or Full Display
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  • 21. E-Resources in the NUS Libraries
    • Databases (Indexes & Abstracts)
    • E-Journals
    • E-Books
    • E-Newspapers
    • Statistical data
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  • 22. Indexes & Abstracts
    • Identify journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, book reviews
    • Give bibliographic citation of item
    • For abstracts, summary of item included
    • Covers hundreds of journals
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  • 23. Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) Online
    • Published by the Association of Asian Studies
    • Indexes Western language periodical articles, book chapters and conference proceedings with a focus on Asia, published worldwide since 1971-
    • Major bibliographical tool for research in Asian Studies (over 680,00 records)
    • Indexes 100 + core journals on Asian Studies
    • Access via Library portal> E-Resources> Databases
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  • 24. Web of Science (SSCI & AHCI)
    • Published by Thomson Scientific
    • Comprises both Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) and Arts & Humanities Citation Index (AHCI)
    • Contains bibliographic information, author abstracts, cited references
    • Indexes 1,700 social sciences journals across 50 disciplines
    • Coverage from 1980-current
    • Access via Library Portal > E-Resources >Databases
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  • 25. Asia Studies Full-Text Online
    • Database of scholarly literature, statistics & analysis
    • Licensed content from major institutional publishers, think tanks, academic journals from around the world
    • Content from Asian based sources
    • Very useful for in-depth studies
    • Updated twice a month
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  • 26. Tips on Using Indexes & Abstracts
    • Determine most appropriate indexes to use
    • Select the years to search on
    • Note down Citation
    • Check LINC for availability of Journals for cited articles
    • Look for links to full-text articles
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  • 27. Electronic journals
      • Full-text of journal articles
      • Accessible via LINC
      • Accessible via E-Resources
      • - Select E-journals
      • - Search by Title/Subject/Publisher
      • Articles can be printed or downloaded
      • Please observe Copyright Rules when downloading.
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  • 28. Foreign Theses
    • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Database
    • Index to Theses with Abstracts Accepted for Higher Degrees by Universities in Great Britain and Ireland
    • More theses databases available at: NUS Libraries> E-Resources> Databases by Type> Theses & Dissertations
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  • 29. Online Newspapers
    • Factiva
    • Lexis/Nexis Academic
    • Major international & local newspapers including:
      • The Times of India (India)
      • Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)
      • The Nation (Pakistan)
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  • 30. Statistical Sources
    • Access via Library portal> Databases> Browse by type> Statistical Data
    • EIU CountryData
    • World development Indicators
    • International Financial statistics
    • International Statistical Yearbook
    • and more …
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  • 31. Materials Not Found in Library
    • Request for DDS ( Document Delivery Service )
      • - Journal articles
      • - Book chapters
      • - Published conference papers
    • Use another library which has the item
    • - Get letter of introduction from supervisor or library
      • - Call library for conditions of access
    • Request for ILL ( Interlibrary loan )
    • Request to purchase new titles
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  • 32. Access LION via Library Portal Central Library 30
  • 33. Library Instruction ONline (LION) Central Library 29
  • 34. Manage your references
    • What is EndNote ?
      • A reference management tool
      • Available in two formats
      • a. EndNote Web
      • b. EndNote Desktop
    • 2. EndNote can help you to:
      • Input, save, import, store & organise references
      • Format references in many citation styles
      • Cite-While-You-Write feature automatically formats bibliography as you write in MS Word
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  • 35. EndNote Web versus EndNote Central Library 32
  • 36. Subject Guide for South Asian Studies Central Library Click to access Subject Guides 33
  • 37. Reference Sources for South Asian Studies Central Library 34
  • 38. Need help?
    • Telephone: 6516-2028
    • E-Mail: [email_address]
          • [email_address]
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