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  • A lot if things will be covered here. It can be quite overwhelming. However, the take away for this tutorial is for you to learn more about searching and at the end, search more effectively then you are what you can do now.
  • Support endnote only. Show them my endnote database. Show links to pdf, show how it can quickly insert citations
  • Introduction to some of the useful tool you can use to search
  • Example (OR)
  • Example (AND)
  • Example (NOT) Order of operations. Some follow some don’t follow so the best thing to do is to use what we call parenthesis
  • Poverty reduction in Thailand
  • Take note: no standard notation for truncation and wildcard. Some use star for truncation and ? For wildcard and some is the otherway around. So rem to check the help file before searching.
  • Poverty OR poor AND reduction
  • (poverty or poor) and (improve$ or reduc$) and Thailand and (poli$ or regul$ or legisla$) and (government$ or state$ or public) Example of synonyms, broader/narrower terms, related terms and possible search phrase
  • (poverty or poor) and (improve$ or reduc$) and Thailand and (poli$ or regul$ or legisla$) and (government$ or state$ or public)
  • correlations stock exchange stock market oil price petroleum Impact
  • As I’ve mentioned before, to search for journal articles, you have to use resources that specifically indexes the content. Publisher website versus databases.
  • How to access them -popular -search -browse
  • Hands on for EconLit
  • (poverty or poor) and (improve* or reduc*) and Thailand
  • Limits: don’t use the Limit full text if possible
  • Good idea to talk about the habit of saving your search history for future references
  • (poverty or poor) and (improve$ or reduc$) and Thailand and (poli$ or regul$ or legisla$) and (government$ or state$ or public) Example of synonyms, broader/narrower terms, related terms and possible search phrase
  • Include author search demo at search fields too
  • You can use boolean and
  • (poverty or poor) and (improve$ or reduc$) and Thailand and (poli$ or regul$ or legisla$) and (government$ or state$ or public) Example of synonyms, broader/narrower terms, related terms and possible search phrase
  • Refining results
  • Hands-on : Finding the poor in Thailand
  • Browse. By no means exhautive
  • To search newspaper articles Do note that they do not go very far back in scope
  • Searching Factiva – hands on
  • (poverty or poor) and (improve* or reduc*) and Thailand
  • Why would you want to search theses. To get your hands on the references behind relevent titles
  • To search thesis add
  • Of all the search query that we get, the most frustrating ones would always be for statistical data. There is no one good source of statistics. You have to know what you are looking for in the first place and that who would be interested in wanting them. They have a rather interesting property: You see them everywhere, but when you try to find them, they seem to disappear altogether. Even if you are lucky to find the statistics, it might not be in the form that you want.
  • The other main competitor is datamonitor Other EIU databases are similar in interface. EIU Citydata, provides city level data, Tokyo, New York etc. Data sets include Price of annual school tution, price of cornflakes, tooth paste, haircut, road tax, baby sitter hourly rate etc. EIU countrydata has a fairly user friendly interface, provides comprehensive geographic coverage and a fair number of statistics series (if you include EIU citydata and EIU market indicator and forecasts it is excellent) . It’s main weakness is it’s coverage only extends from 1980 onwards as such as not good if you need > 25 years for econometric models.However you will get *something*, yearly data from 1980 exists for almost all 150 countries. Analysis using eviews , spss
  • EIUcitydata – statistics on cities like Tokyo, New York, focusing on cost of living mostly. Price of tution, road tax, housing etc
  • So in this section, rather than demoing some statistical databases that you might not even use, it would be more like a session of
  • Often free. One time I had a query asking me to find FDI (foreign direct investment) inflows of Vietnam by sectors from 1988-2007. I searched all the commercial databases, but in the end I found it in the general statistic office of vietnam! Last resort, you can try emailing the body, they might reply.
  • Print is important source if you are looking for statistics from earlier periods (1970s?) Most countries have annual “year books”, similar to singapore’s yearbook of statistics. Also can search with keywords but more hits. Also works for topic statistics. Example Oil industries -- Statistics
  • Economics Graduate 2009

    1. 1. Economics Graduate students Tutorial 2009 By: Aaron Tay Economics resource librarian [email_address]
    2. 2. Contact me
    3. 3. Content <ul><li>Basic services </li></ul><ul><li>Basic search skills </li></ul><ul><li>Search journal articles </li></ul><ul><li>Search theses </li></ul><ul><li>Search newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Search statistical data </li></ul>
    4. 4. Qn: A book you want to read has being checked out , what do you do? aarontay 20.9.2008.
    5. 5. Ans : Place a hold on it aarontay 20.9.2008.
    6. 6. <ul><li>Free </li></ul><ul><li>Wait for email, collect at loans counter. </li></ul>1
    7. 7. Qn: What do you do if you want a book that the library does not own? aarontay 20.9.2008.
    8. 8. Ans 1 : Request to Purchase New Books aarontay 20.9.2008.
    9. 9. <ul><ul><li>Free but should be for research purposes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can take 4 weeks or more. </li></ul></ul>1 2 3
    10. 10. Ans 2 : Request for Interlibrary Loan aarontay 20.9.2008.
    11. 11. <ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maximum number of request = 3 </li></ul></ul>1 2 3
    12. 12. 4
    13. 13. Q: What do you do if you want to transfer a book from one NUS library to another NUS library ? aarontay 20.9.2008.
    14. 14. Ans :Request for Intralibrary Loan aarontay 20.9.2008.
    15. 15. <ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only for circulating material (exclude RBR etc) </li></ul></ul>1 2 3
    16. 16. 4
    17. 17. Q: What do you do if you want a journal article but NUS Libraries does not have it? aarontay 20.9.2008.
    18. 18. Ans : Request for Document Delivery aarontay 20.9.2008.
    19. 19. <ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All requests must be approved by Supervisor </li></ul></ul>1 2 3
    20. 20. Qn : Can I place a hold on a book, then do a intra-library loan? aarontay 20.9.2008.
    21. 21. Resources you can search
    22. 22. Besides our catalogue (LINC+) you can also search….
    23. 23. Other sources to search
    24. 24. Singapore Virtual Union Catalogue
    25. 25. Worldcat
    26. 26. Karlsuhe virtual catalogue
    27. 27. Citation/Reference Managers
    28. 28. Reference managers
    29. 29. Why reference managers
    30. 30. My Endnote database
    31. 31. How to install and use EndNote <ul><li> </li></ul>
    32. 32. Basic search skills <ul><li>Boolean operators </li></ul><ul><li>Parenthesis </li></ul><ul><li>Truncation/Wildcards </li></ul>
    33. 33. Boolean operators
    34. 34. OR University College University College
    35. 35. University Returns Returns University AND
    36. 36. Sex NOT Education Sex Education Education
    37. 37. Truncation/Wildcards (*?) Usage Variation in spellings Examples Improv ing ement * e
    38. 38. Truncation/Wildcards (*?) Usage Variation in spellings Examples Organi ? e s z
    39. 39. Parenthesis <ul><li>() </li></ul>Control order of operations
    40. 40. Examples Reduction AND Poor OR poverty 4 + 5 X 10 = 54 ) ) ( ) (
    41. 41. Sample Poverty reduction in Thailand (poverty or poor) and (improve* or reduc*) and Thailand (poverty or poor) and (improve* or reduc*) (government* or state* or public) and (poli* or regul* or legisla*) Thailand South-East Asia ASEAN
    42. 42. Planning search: an example Poverty reduction in Thailand : an evaluation of the state's policies (poverty or poor) and (improve* or reduc*) (government* or state* or public) and (poli* or regul* or legisla*) (poverty or poor) and (improve* or reduc*) and Thailand and and (government* or state* or public) and (poli* or regul* or legisla*)
    43. 43. Planning search: an example Oil prices and Asian stock markets ((“stock exchange”) or (“stock market”)) and (correlation* or impact*) and price* and asia*
    44. 44. Journal articles
    45. 45. 1 2 3
    46. 46. EconLit <ul><li>Producer: The American Economic Association </li></ul><ul><li>Coverage: 1969 – present </li></ul><ul><li>Provides bibliographic references and abstracts of journal articles, book chapters/reviews, working papers from RePEC , some d issertations, etc. More details . </li></ul><ul><li>Contains more than 350,000 records on accounting, consumer economics, monetary policy, labor, marketing etc. </li></ul><ul><li>One of the major resources for Economics , mostly citations, some full-text. </li></ul>
    47. 47. EconLit log-in <ul><li>ID = nustrain </li></ul><ul><li>Password: training </li></ul> training nustrain
    48. 48. Econlit – Hands on Poverty reduction in Thailand
    49. 49. Econlit basic search <ul><li>Do not use any search tools like truncation and boolean operators </li></ul><ul><li>Tick “Include Related Terms” </li></ul>
    50. 50. 1 2 2 3
    51. 51. 1 2 3
    52. 52. Sample Poverty reduction in Thailand (poverty or poor) and (improve* or reduc*) and Thailand (poverty or poor) and (improve* or reduc*) Thailand South-East Asia ASEAN
    53. 53. Econlit multi-field Multi field search
    54. 54. Scopus <ul><li>Producer: Elsevier </li></ul><ul><li>Coverage: 1841-1996 (17 million records) , 1996- (16 million records) </li></ul><ul><li>Largest abstract and citation database covering science, technical, medial, social science </li></ul><ul><li>Use this to supplement your search to go beyond Economics for multi-disciplinary papers. </li></ul>
    55. 55. Basic search 1
    56. 56. Scopus – Hands on Poverty reduction in Thailand (poverty or poor) and (improve* or reduc*) and Thailand
    57. 57. Refining results 1 2
    58. 58. Results page 1 2 3
    59. 59. Exporting result-scopus 1 2
    60. 60. Newspapers
    61. 63. Factiva log-in <ul><li>Username: ** = 38-67 </li></ul><ul><li>Password: retriever </li></ul><ul><li>Namespace: 16 </li></ul>
    62. 66. Factiva – Hands on Poverty reduction in Thailand
    63. 67.
    64. 68. Theses
    65. 69. <ul><li>To search all theses in the library </li></ul>keywords 1 1
    66. 70. 2. To search all NUS economic theses <ul><li>university singapore economics </li></ul>keywords 2
    67. 71. 3. To browse all NUS theses HD30 yyyy 3
    68. 72. Proquest dissertations and theses  <ul><li>Producer: Proquest UMI </li></ul><ul><li>Includes over 2 million master's theses and dissertations, with over 60,000 titles added every year from Universities in United States and Canada. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides full text access for many items. </li></ul>
    69. 73. Statistical data
    70. 74. Statistics basics <ul><li>Select the following </li></ul><ul><li>Geographic coverage : Region, Country or Country aggregate (e.g ASEAN) </li></ul><ul><li>Statistic series (e.g. Real GDP : US$ at 2005 prices) </li></ul><ul><li>Chronological coverage ( e.g. 1980-2000 monthly ) </li></ul>
    71. 75. EIU Country data <ul><li>Producer: Economist Intelligence Unit </li></ul><ul><li>Geographic Coverage: 150 countries, 45 regional aggregates (e.g ASEAN). </li></ul><ul><li>Chronological coverage : 1980- (annual) , 1993- (monthly, quarterly). </li></ul><ul><li>317 series (statistic data on macro indicators – Inflation, GDP, interest rates, trade balance of payments, demographics etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Includes forecasts (figures will appear in green ) </li></ul><ul><li>Other EIU databases include </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EIU MarketIndicators & Forecasts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EIU CityData </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EIU Commodities </li></ul></ul>
    72. 76. EIU Citydata
    73. 77. Knowing where to look
    74. 78. Statistical Sources <ul><li>Access via E-Resources>Databases>By type>Statistical Data and Economics subject guide </li></ul><ul><li>International </li></ul><ul><li>EIU CountryData , EIU CityData , EIU Market Indicators and Business Forecast </li></ul><ul><li>International Financial Statistics </li></ul><ul><li>World development Indicators Online </li></ul><ul><li>SourceOECD (OECD Stat) </li></ul><ul><li>Statistics Database (World Trade Organisation) </li></ul>
    75. 79. Statistical Sources II <ul><li>Business/industry related/Finance </li></ul><ul><li>Global Market Information Database (GMID) </li></ul><ul><li>ISI Emerging Markets </li></ul><ul><li>Frost & Sullivan </li></ul><ul><li>Orbis and Osiris </li></ul>
    76. 80. Statistical Sources III <ul><li>Singapore </li></ul><ul><li>Yearbook of statistics, Singapore (print & web ) </li></ul><ul><li>SingSTAT Time Series </li></ul><ul><li>Statlink </li></ul><ul><li>Singapore 1000 (CDROM) </li></ul><ul><li>Statistics on Singapore : annotated bibliography </li></ul>
    77. 81. More statistics database
    78. 82. Country statistics <ul><li>Search the site of the countries' official body (e.g. department, ministry, bureau, agency etc ) responsible for statistics </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    79. 83. List of statistical agencies
    80. 84. Tips for looking for statistics <ul><li>If subject is topical and/or country, you can try looking at websites of international or regional organizations devoted to the subject. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    81. 85. Tips for looking for statistics <ul><li>Don’t neglect print! Search LINC with subject heading . e.g China statistic </li></ul>
    82. 86. Subject Guides
    83. 87. Proxy Bookmarklet Use Library Proxy Bookmark to access Full-text
    84. 88. Search Plugins For Internet Explorer 7 & Firefox 2.0+ (beta)
    85. 89. What are Search Plugins? <ul><li>Allows you to do a direct search from your internet browser search box </li></ul><ul><li>Saves time from having to visit a page & then inputting your search query </li></ul><ul><li>How to install these plugins? </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
    86. 90. What is a Proxy Bookmarklet? <ul><li>Inserts the NUS library proxy stem ( ) into the URL of the article. </li></ul>Vendor User NUS Library Proxy server I want article X I want article X Okay you are recognized, here is article X. Here is article X
    87. 91. How to install the Proxy Bookmarklet in my browser? <ul><li>Click on the link below and follow the instructions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
    88. 92. Need Help? <ul><li>Advisory Service at Information Desk, Central Library, Level 5 </li></ul><ul><li>Email me: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Tel: 6516 2030 </li></ul>