Lkyspp – library tutorial by aarontay (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 Policy briefs, White papers, Discussion papers, Policy papers, Occasion papers, Academic papers Search Scopus, EconLit, Expanded Academic and more (see subject guide) Infogate
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 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 (
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
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?
What is a Proxy Bookmarklet? Inserts the NUS library proxy stem (libproxy1.nus.edu.sg) into the URL of the article. I want article X I want article X NUS Library Proxy server Vendor User Okay you are recognized, here is article X. Here is article X 22
How to install the Proxy Bookmarklet in my browser?
Click on the link below and follow the instructions: