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This subject guide covers resources available mainly at NUS Libraries. This is a selective list of research materials for students enrolled in AR 5011 as they embark on the exciting journey of creative textual writing on architecture.

For a fun read of what the role of an architect is, I recommend the wonderful 'A is for Architect: the best of Hellman', published in 1975 but remain ever so relevant today.


Create Alerts by Discipline

1. Initial Setup

1.1. This setup will enable you to see newly published book titles in NUS Libraries collection based on the discipline/s of your choice.

1.2. Go to the Library portal at The default search tab is FindMore.

1.3.  Leave the search box empty and click on Search.

1.4.  You will be directed to the FindMore results page. Click on  at the bottom right of the results screen:


1.5.  At the "Summon Search Widgets" page, run a blank search:

1.6.  At the subsequent "Search Box Builder" screen display below, click on the  button to the the left of the "Discipline" menu.

1.7. Select the specific disciplines/subjects (e.g. Environmental science) for the alerts you are creating. Run a blank search: 



2. Refine search and settings

At the results page shown below, refine the search and change a few settings as follows:

2.1. Select only "Items in the Library Catalogue".

2.2. For Content Type, limit to "Book/eBook".

2.3. Change the sorting order to "Date" (newest on top).

2.4. You may wish to increase the results display from 10 to a maximum of 50.

2.5. Click on the RSS button.

5 settings to be changed

You will be directed to a page where you can start subscribing to the RSS alerts.

At the Subscription page:

3.1. Click on "Subscribe to this feed". A dialogue box will open for further customisation.

3.2. Give your list a name.

3.3.  For IE browser users, you can select the "Add to Favourites Bar" to have quick access from your browser.

3.4. Clcik on "Subscrbe" to complete system customisation.

Subscription window 

4.  Accessing the newly published books list via your browser's Favorites bar

4.1. If you have selected the "Add to Favourites Bar" while setting up in IE browser, the shortcut will appear on your browser's favourites bar. If there are newly published books to the NUS Libraries collection for the discipline selected, the shortcut bar will be displayed in bold.

4.2. Click on the bar to retrieve a drop-down menu of the most recently published titles. This feature may not work on Firefox browser.

4.3. Note that the alert will also be saved in the Feeds list in your Favourites menu on the  top right. Clicking on this will bring you to a list of the newly published books on a separate web page.

Final product


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