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    • 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
      (
    • 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.
      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:
      • http://bit.ly/nuslibproxy
      23
    • MAJOR USE
    • THANK YOU!