Finding Policy Briefs

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  • 1. Lkyspp – library tutorial by aarontay (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
    Policy briefs, White papers, Discussion papers, Policy papers, Occasion papers,
    Academic papers
    Search Scopus, EconLit, Expanded Academic and more (see subject guide)
    Infogate
  • 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
    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
    • 22. Saves time from having to visit a page & then inputting your search query
    • 23. How to install these plugins?
    • 24. 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.
    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
  • 25. How to install the Proxy Bookmarklet in my browser?
    • Click on the link below and follow the instructions:
    • 26. http://bit.ly/nuslibproxy
    23
  • 27. MAJOR USE
  • 28. THANK YOU!