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  • Greetings! My name is Kah Ching. I’m the leader of the Engineering Resource Team from the Central Library. I’m here to introduce the Valuable Resources NUS Libraries provide that can help you in your FYP.
  • This is our agenda for this afternoon. However, due to time constraints, I may skip over some parts very quickly. However, don’t worry as the slides will be made available to you for your own review, and you can always call on us at the library for help.
  • First, I’d like to explain how the Library can help you.
  • This 6-step research process is described in the book “The Elements of Academic Research”. You have all done the 1 st step of selecting your topic. Now you will need to go into the 2 nd step of conducting a comprehensive literature survey. (activate point 2) This is a very important step, which if done properly will help you gain a good knowledge of the topic, so that you can identify the problem areas that you may work on. You will also learn about the various types of analysis available for the areas of research and then decide on the scope of the project. With the firm background from step 2, (activate the next points) you will then be able to go on with the next steps of formulating your research goal, objectives, and design; conducting your experiment, etc.
  • This is taken from ME’s FYP Report Guidelines. You will notice that Literature survey is included in your Report format as Historical background. I’d like to emphasize that Literature survey is usually an iterative process, involving first finding relevant literature, following by reading & evaluating them, from which you may identify more readings to follow-up on. The Library can help or teach you to be efficient in finding relevant literature. That will be main focus of today’s talk. Another area that we can help you with is to teach you how to use a software called EndNote to manage the readings and references for your final report. We are planning such tutorials in Sep, you may want to sign up for them when we make the announcements later this month.
  • For your FYP, in order to increase your efficiency, I’d like to suggest that you check with your supervisors (or his/her research assistants) first to get a better understanding of your project, and to find out if there are some readings you should start with. Then, make use of the Library resources & services to look for those readings and more.
  • If you have been given a list of readings, you should use LINC to try and locate the readings to start with. I won’t be going through these slides here, as some of you may already know how to do this. For those who needs some reminder on this, you can refer to the slides at your own time later.
  • If you do not a list of readings to start with, you’ll need to look for them yourselves. You can do so by following these steps which I shall briefly discussed here.
  • First, you’ll need to analyze your FYP topic to identify the key concepts to start your search with. As an example, I shall use one of Prof Obbard’s research interests as the sample topic: “Bioremediation of oil spillages and recalcitrant PAHs. If you examine this topic, you will find there are 3 main concepts: bioremediation, oil spillages and PAHs. You may also further break “oil spillages” down into additional concepts, such as oil spill, oil spills, oil pollution, etc. This leads to the possible search statements or ways of searching for resources using these 3 example statements: - bioremediation - bioremediation and (oil spillages) and PAHs - bioremediation and (oil spill*) and PAHs
  • So, now you can begin your search using LINC+, which is our new simple & easy-to-use discovery tool. You can use it to look for resources provided by the library, such as books, journals, multimedia resources, etc. With this new interface, you can find more visual information about the resources through the book covers, table of contents & reviews, etc., which can help you decide better which resources are relevant to you. You may also access the e-journals, ebooks & digital videos directly from here, if available.
  • This is how the search results will be displayed in LINC+ after you’ve conducted a search. The new LINC+ interface provides features that will help you discover things you may not know exist in our Library. I’ll highlight some of these features here: Point to Sorted by – the results are by default sorted by relevance with the most relevant resources displayed first. You may change the sorting to Title or Date too. Point to the main results & Reviews & more – if available, links to summaries & reviews will be displayed so that you can find out more about the books to determine their relevance to you. Point to Tags – these tags are pulled from the subject words assigned to the books in the results list. Let’s say if you are only interested in “greenhouse effect”, you can click on the term to see only books dealing with this topic. Point to Refine by – you can also further limit your results by using these options, such as year of publication, library, etc.
  • If you need more resources, one good way to You can access the Subject guides by clicking on the link at the top menu of the portal. You will get an A to Z listing of the various subject guides, including Bioengineering, etc. If you want to see all the Engineering subject guides together, you can click on the “Subject Guides by Discipline” and then on “Engineering and Computer Science. Let us take a look at the Environmental Science & Engineering Subject Guide.
  • I’ll show you the actual ESE Subject Guide (open the ESE Subject Guide) to highlight some categories of resources that you can start your research with. Databases – are a good way to look for journal articles, conference proceedings, etc. These will give you the latest development in the various areas of research. One of the most important databases for engineers is the Engineering Village 2, which includes the Compendex, INSPEC & NTIS. Under Reference sources, we’ve again sub-categorised the resources for easier identification. You may want to use the encyclopedias & handbooks to gain background information to help you understand your research topic better. Research & citations – contains a list of resources on how to write your research reports. It is useful when you are writing your report. We provide links to online instructions that we have provided so that you may refer to them anytime, and as and when you need those info.
  • I need to highlight a couple of things with regards to accessing e-resources provided by the library. Most of the e-resources are made available only to NUS Staff and Students, and are governed by our Copyright law, and the license agreement we’ve signed with the vendor. When you click on any of the e-resources, you will be required to login first. This is to make sure that only NUS Staff and Students are accessing the e-resources. If you are on campus and using IE, you can click on the “Campus Login” button; if you are outside campus and/or not using IE, you will need to login from here (point to external login option). Once you’ve logged in, the Appropriate Use Policy will appear. Please note that you can only make use of these resources for research, study and teaching for Yourself. You are not allowed to share it with other people and/or for commercial purposes. Downloading of the resources are govern by the copyright law, which I will cover a bit later. After reading the AUP, you can click on the “I Accept” button, and you will be linked directly to the e-resources.
  • In a nutshell, you can only copy/print up to 10% or 1 chapter of a book, and 1 article in a journal issue.
  • This service has been made open to Final Year students as we know you need to do your research project. Sometimes you may come across certain articles that you want, which we are not able to provide through any of our resources. When you encounter this, please check with your supervisor to see if it is OK for you to make a DDS request.
  • At any time, if you need help, you can always email or call us. Or visit us at the Information or Reception Desks. Alternatively, you can try our online help first.
  • That’s all I have for you today. Thank you and best wishes in your studies!
  • Tutorial on Final Year Project for ESE Students

    1. 1. Valuable Resources at Your Fingertips! Division of Environmental Science & Engineering Faculty of Engineering 28 Aug 2008 Tan Kah Ching Engineering Resource Team Central Library
    2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>The Library Can Help You </li></ul><ul><li>Looking for Readings </li></ul><ul><li>Starting without Readings </li></ul><ul><li>Other Useful Information </li></ul>
    3. 3. 1. The Library Can Help You <ul><li>The Research Process </li></ul><ul><li>The ME4 Project Report </li></ul><ul><li>Suggested Approach to Start </li></ul>
    4. 4. The Research Process <ul><li>6-Step Research Process: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Select a topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conduct comprehensive literature survey </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gain sufficient knowledge about the topic </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Identify problem areas </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Examine types of analysis in the area of research </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Decide on the scope of the project </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Formulate research goal, objectives, and hypotheses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop experimental design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conduct experiment, analyze data, and draw conclusions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communicate results </li></ul></ul>Reference: McCuen, R.H. (1996). The Research Process. In R.H. McCuen (Ed.), The Elements of Academic Research (pp. 37-43). New York, ASCE Press.
    5. 5. The ME4 Project Report <ul><li>Efficiency in searching </li></ul><ul><li>– using Library resources </li></ul>Efficiency in organising your references – using EndNote
    6. 6. Suggested Approach to Start <ul><li>Check with Supervisor(s) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get better understanding of project scope </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find out what readings to start with </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use Library’s Resources & Services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you have a list of readings: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use LINC to look for them </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you do not have a list of readings to start with: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use LINC+ to discover what we have </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Refer to your ESE Subject Guide for other resources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Approach your Resource Librarian </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Demo & Hands-on <ul><li>Assoc Prof Obbard’s CV </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research Interests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Bioremediation of oil spillages and recalcitrant PAHs” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Analysing topic </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Discovering through LINC+ & Subject Guide </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Selected Publications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No. 3 & No. 7 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Interpreting citations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Using LINC to locate the readings </li></ul></ul></ul>
    8. 8. 2. Looking for Readings <ul><li>Understanding a Book Citation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using LINC to Look for a Book </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Locating the Book in the Library </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Understanding a Journal Citation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using LINC to Look for a Journal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Locating the Journal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Online </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bound Journal (Closed Stacks) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Current Journal </li></ul></ul></ul>Go to Starting Without Readings
    9. 9. Understanding a Book Citation Malek, Mohammad A. Heating boiler operator's manual : maintenance, operation, and repair (2007). New York : McGraw-Hill. Author Book Title Pub Year Imprint
    10. 10. Using LINC to Look for a Book
    11. 11. Locating the Book in the Library Malek, Mohammad A. Heating boiler operator's manual : maintenance, operation, and repair (2007). New York : McGraw-Hill.
    12. 12. Understanding a Journal Citation Y. Hiltcher, M. Guingand and J.P. de Vaujany. ( 2006). Numerical simulation and optimisation of worm gear cutting. Mechanism and Machine Theory. 41 (9), 1090-1110. Authors Pub Year Page No. Journal Title Vol. No. Issue No. Article Title
    13. 13. Using LINC to Look for a Journal Mechanism and Machine Theory Search LINC using Journal Title , Not Article Title
    14. 14. Locating the Journal Online
    15. 15. Locating the Bound Journal (Closed Stacks) XXXXXX XXXXXX
    16. 16. Locating the Current Journal
    17. 17. 3. Starting without Readings <ul><li>Analyzing Your FYP Topic </li></ul><ul><li>Discovering with LINC+ </li></ul><ul><li>ESE Subject Guide </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Databases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reference Sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Encyclopedias </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Handbooks </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Research & citations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Instruction & Tips </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. Analyzing Your FYP Topic Sample Topic: Bioremediation of oil spillages and recalcitrant PAHs bioremediation oil spillages PAHs 3 key concepts (oil spillages) or (oil spill) or (oil spills) or (oil pollution) more related concepts Possible Search Statements: bioremediation bioremediation and (oil spillages) and PAHs bioremediation and (oil spill*) and PAHs
    19. 19. Discovering with LINC + <ul><li>Use it to check: </li></ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Databases </li></ul><ul><li>Microfilms </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia </li></ul><ul><li>Newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Theses </li></ul><ul><li>Journal Articles </li></ul><ul><li>Use it to view: </li></ul><ul><li>Book Covers </li></ul><ul><li>Table of Contents </li></ul><ul><li>Summaries </li></ul><ul><li>Choice Reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Community Reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Ratings </li></ul><ul><li>E-Journals </li></ul><ul><li>E-Books </li></ul><ul><li>Digitized videos </li></ul>
    20. 20. LINC + Search Results <ul><li>Refine by: </li></ul><ul><li>Title </li></ul><ul><li>Subject </li></ul><ul><li>Author </li></ul><ul><li>Format </li></ul><ul><li>Collection </li></ul><ul><li>Language </li></ul><ul><li>Publish </li></ul><ul><li>Date </li></ul>Tag Cloud Relevancy Ranking Summaries & Reviews
    21. 21. ESE Subject Guide http://www.lib.nus.edu.sg/lion/sg/en/ev/ese.html
    22. 22. ESE Subject Guide http://www.lib.nus.edu.sg/lion/sg/en/ev/ese.html <ul><li>Some resources to start with: </li></ul><ul><li>Databases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Engineering Village 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ENGnetBASE </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reference Sources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Literature Guides </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encyclopedias </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Handbooks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research & Citation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Library Instruction & Tips </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tutorial on Final Year Project for ESE Students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>And many others ... </li></ul>
    23. 23. 4. Other Useful Information <ul><li>Use of E-Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Copyright Information </li></ul><ul><li>Document Delivery Services (DDS) </li></ul><ul><li>Help from Librarians </li></ul>
    24. 24. Use of E-Resources Library Portal Login Appropriate Use Policy
    25. 25. Copyright Information <ul><li>Observe Copyright regulations </li></ul><ul><li>For research and study, </li></ul><ul><li>you can copy / print: </li></ul><ul><li>- 10% or 1 chapter of book or work </li></ul><ul><li>- 1 article in a journal issue </li></ul><ul><li>No excessive copying or downloading </li></ul><ul><li>Penalties imposed for violation </li></ul>
    26. 26. Document Delivery Services (DDS) <ul><li>Can’t find the readings from Library resources </li></ul><ul><li>Submit a DDS request </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Max. 3 requests per year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get approval from your supervisor first </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How to submit DDS Request? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Login to Library Portal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on E-Forms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose Document Delivery Services (DDS) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fill up the form & submit </li></ul></ul>
    27. 27. Help from Librarians <ul><li>Email : [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Phone : 6516-2028 </li></ul><ul><li>Information Desk </li></ul><ul><li>Reception Desk </li></ul><ul><li>LION (Library Instruction ONline) </li></ul><ul><li>Subject Guides </li></ul>
    28. 28. Summary <ul><li>The Library Can Help You </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Efficiency in literature survey </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check with Supervisor(s) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Library Resources & Services </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Looking for Readings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using LINC </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Starting without Readings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discovering with LINC+ & Subject Guides </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other Useful Information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help from Librarians </li></ul></ul>
    29. 29. Tan Kah Ching [email_address] Tel: 6516 2060 Thank You Wish you all the best in your FYP! from Your Engineering Resource Team’s Librarians

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