How to find a book?
(1) Use NUS Library's search engine (FindMore) to find books/ e-books. Its search will include all types of materials in our collection.
(2) Use Books & Media, i.e. LINC (NUS Library's Catalogue) if you know which item you are looking for. Search by specific field(s) such as Title, Author, Keyword or Subject.
Note that access to e-books varies. Some allow book download, some allow by chapters. There are also e-books that you can only be allowed to read online, ie, not downloadable.
Interested to know more on e-books? Read further in this guide: E-Books Library Guide (NUS Libraries)
How to find a journal article?
(1) Search by article title in our search engine (Findmore) to see if we have a subscription for the article.
Please note that search by article title only works for 90% of our online articles. Also, this method would not work for articles that we have in print only. For such cases, search by journal title (not article title).
(2) Search by journal title in Books & Media
If an online article is not found, try searching by journal title (not the article title) to check if we have the print journal in the library. Check availability of relevant volume and issue of the journal.
Setting up Findit@NUS Libraries in Google Scholar and Proxy Bookmarklet in your device
Proxy Bookmarklet and Findit@NUSLibraries in Google Scholar allow you to directly access full text of those e-resources that we subcribed to.
Proxy Bookmarklet - Use this when you are on a site asking you to pay for access
How to find a database?
Databases are a good place to begin research. There are many databases subscribed by NUS Libraries, most contain journal articles from various journals, while others have other types of content, e.g. conference papers, newspapers, book chapters, reports and reviews. You can search a database for information (on a particular subject, keyword, author, etc.) across multiple sources (journals, newspapers, etc.) simultaneously.
(1) Use Databases to search or browse a database of your choice
Set-up your device to connect Google Scholar to NUS Libraries' resources
Google Scholar results will link you directly to the required online journal article or book chapter. However, you may not have access to the full-text, even if the source title is subscribed by the Library. This is because you are not authenticated via NUS Library proxy. To access the full-text, set up your Google Scholar settings to link it to the NUS Libraries' collection. The steps are as follows:
The proxy bookmarklet automatically inserts the NUS Library proxy stem (libproxy1.nus.edu.sg) into the URL of an article/e-book. Once you have successfully installed the bookmarklet in your browser, simply click on it when you are on the vendor/publisher page that requires you to pay or login to view full text.
Install Proxy Bookmarklet by following the instructions for the browser you are using:
If you are having problems doing drag and drop in Safari or Chrome safari, do the following:
Other alternative browsers (e.g Opera):
LibKey Nomad is a browser extension that provides single click access to library content from publisher websites, PubMed, Web of Science, Scopus, Wikipedia and more.
Installation in Chrome, Edge, Brave & Vivaldi is simple! Just visit libkeynomad.com and click the "Add to Chrome" button. For Firefox, click libkeynomad.com. Your browser will then ask you to confirm. Select NUS as the institution and you are all set.
Alternatively, visit Chrome Web Store or Firefox Add-ons and search for "LibKey Nomad" to install it.
No:) There are no user accounts to create, the extension does not ask for or store your institutional user credentials. Nomad is active only when the user is on the web page of a scholarly publisher or database, all other domains are ignored.
You can refer to LibKey Nomad Technical FAQ
Here is a detailed description of what each of these labels means:
Download PDF - In a single click, the user should either see a PDF on their screen or be prompted to download a PDF immediately. If authentication is required for the user, they will be prompted to sign in, turn on their VPN, etc as required. The PDF document is either coming directly from the publisher or is the publisher's version (according to unpaywall data) but held in a repository such as PubMed Central, EuroPMC or a university repository.
Article Link - The same as the above with the exception that the user will NOT see a PDF, they will see a web page which either has the full text in HTML or also has the PDF, but one more link is required to access it.
Manuscript PDF - The article has been found in the form of an Accepted Manuscript in a repository. While the content has been peer-reviewed it is unlikely to be formatted for publishing so may appear as an unformatted Word Document, etc. These documents never require authentication.
Manuscript Link - Same as the above, except one more click is required to get to the PDF, if the PDF is even available. No authentication is required.
Access Options - The library's link resolver will be linked here.