How to find a book?
(1) Use our search engine (Findmore@NUSL) to find books/ e-books. This search provides users with a Google-like search experience.
(2) Use Books & Media, i.e. LINC ( Search by specific field(s) such as Title, Author, Keyword or Subject.
1. Find the location of the book in the library
2. Check whether a copy is available
3. Take note of the call number of the book
4. If there is a Stack #, the book is in Closed Stacks
5. If it is an e-book, click on the link to access full-text
How to borrow it?
Use your student card to borrow books at the self-check machines or go to the Loans Desk.
How to return it?
Return borrowed books at the book drop or at the Loans Desk.
RBR items (books on 2-hour loan period) should be returned at the self-check machines of the library you have borrowed it from.
How to reserve if the book is borrowed out?
Place hold/ reserve the book if it is out on loan using LINC (NUS Library INtegrated Catalogue).
NUS Libraries uses the Library of Congress Classification System to classify items in the collection to Call Numbers. Here is a general list of the call numbers that we use:
|B||Philosophy ~ Psychology ~ Religion|
|C||History of civilization|
|E-F||History of America|
|G||Geography ~ Anthropology|
|H||Social sciences ~ Economics ~ Sociology ~ Real Estate|
|N||Architecture ~ Fine Arts|
|P||Languages ~ Linguistics ~ Literature|
|T||Technology ~ Engineering ~ Building|
|Z||Bibliography ~ Library Science|
How to find a journal article?
Journals are academic magazines that publish articles and carry footnotes and bibliographies.
(1) Search by article title in our search engine (Findmore@NUSL) to see if we have a subscription
Please note that search by article title only works for 90% of our online articles. Also, this method will never work to find articles that we have in print only. If this is the case, 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.
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
Google Scholar + NUS Libraries - Use this with Google Scholar to gain access to full text with one click