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New to NUS Guide: Books, RBR, E-Reserves

Searching for Materials

NUS Libraries has over 2.5 million volumes of books, so it might be daunting if you are new. For a start, here are some basic information:

Our library portal has several search engines.

 FindMore is our main search engine. It is capable of searching for all types of materials including books & journal articles but the number of results returned can make it difficult to find what you are looking for.

LINC is a more focused search if you looking just for books, dvds, microforms or a specific journal title (e.g Quarterly Journal of Economics) but cannot find journal articles or newspaper articles.

Content type Example


Books & Media Tab E-Resources Tab Databases Tab
Books/Ebooks Animal Farm Yes Best  Only ebook No
DVD, Video recordings Citizen Kane Yes, including online titles from Filmmaker's library & Henry Stewart Talks video libraries Best, but excluding online titles from video libraries Only online No
Journal name Journal of Sociology Yes Best Only for Ejournal but not print No
Newspaper name Straits Times Yes Best Only for e-newspaper but not print No
Database name JSTOR Yes Yes Yes Best
Journal article

Do Stock Prices Move Too Much to be
Justified by Subsequent Changes in Dividends?

Yes, online journal article only No No No
Thesis (NUS) Effect of cognitive vulnerabilities and life stressors on anxiety in undergraduates Yes Only print honours year thesis & print dissertations No No
Thesis (Non NUS) Teacher Perceptions of the Common Core State Standards Yes Only print thesis purchased (limited) No No
Microform  CO 273 Yes Best No No

Library materials which are in high demand are kept in the RBR (Reserved Books / Readings) collection. You can borrow RBR materials for two-hour loan periods. If you wish to borrow an RBR material overnight, collect the item two hours before the library closes. RBR materials borrowed overnight must be returned:                                                                                

  • within one hour after the library opens the next working day
  • to the loan counter of the library where it was borrowed    .

A fine of $1.00 per hour is charged for an RBR overdue loan.

In Central Library, the RBR collection is a self-service section where you can personally retrieve and check out the RBR item as shown in the video below.

How do I search for RBR materials for a particular module?

  1. At the Library portal, select the "RBR" tab. Enter the module code (e.g ME2121) and select "Course number" from the drop-down menu. You can also search for RBR titles by individual lecturer's name.

2. Select the lecturer's name

3. At the results list, do take note of the call number of the required RBR materials:

For more information, go to our FAQ pages for RBR and E-Reserves.

E-Reserves are electronic readings recommended by teaching staff for a particular module. These include book chapters and journal articles. To access E-Reserves via the Library portal:


E-Reserves via IVLE

You can also download E-Reserves  which are available either in PDF or hyperlinks to electronic resources subscribed by NUS Libraries. E-Reserves are published in designated module pages created by teaching staff in IVLE. Note that E-Reserves are only accessible to staff and students who are registered in a particular module:

For more information, go to our FAQ pages for E-Reserves and RBR.

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