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Old 31-07-2014, 02:23 PM   #1
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7 Things Freshmen Should Know But Usually Donít

7 Things Freshmen Should Know But Usually Donít
Jul 31st, 2014 by umarani
1. Your library pin is your smartcard pin

You probably know your NUSNET ID, since without it, you canít access your NUS email as well as the all-important IVLE. But a surprising number of students donít know their library PINs, which is the smartcard PIN issued during matriculation. The library PIN is needed for checking your loan record, renewing books and borrowing books using the self-service machines, among other things. You can retrieve it here.



2. RBR books can be borrowed overnight

Reserve Books/Readings (RBR) are highly sought after because they are recommended readings for various modules and can be borrowed only for 2 hours. However, few students know that they can borrow the an RBR book overnight just before the library closes and return it within one hour of the libraryís opening the next day. For details look here.



3. Most books have a grace period

You probably know that the loan period for books is 14 days for undergraduates and 28 days for honours & graduate students. But did you know there is a grace period and that fines donít start until the 4th day after the due date? Be careful to read the fine print (6. Rate of fines), as the grace period doesnít apply to RBR books, 7-day loan books, bound journals and other materials.



4. You cannot renew an item if there is already a hold

Sure, you may know that you can renew books three times online, and you may even know how much extension a renewal gives. But what you may not know is that you cannot renew an item once there is a hold on it. Thatís why it is a bad idea to bring books overseas for a long vacation as you cannot count on being able to renew the loan.



5. The proxy bookmarklet is your other friend

Google may be your friend, but what happens if it shows a journal article that requires you to pay? Instead of replicating your search in the catalogue, save time by using the proxy bookmarklet to access the article directly! Do note that the proxy bookmarklet only works on journals that the library subscribes to.

Using Google Scholar or PubMed instead? We have you covered as well. Also check out other useful search plugins that will allow you to access NUS Libraries resources seamlessly no matter where you are.



6. There are easier ways to cite and do referencing

We have quick guides to assist in referencing for various styles. But there are many ways to auto-enerate citations quickly. These range from using build-in functions in the library search engines, databases and Google Scholar, to using standalone citation builders you can find online. You can also consider learning how to use a full blown reference manager like EndNote (you can install this for free as a student or staff of NUS by following instructions in our EndNote guide), as these help you auto-insert citations into your Word documents.





7. Librarians have expertise and are here to help you

While librarians canít do your homework, we can help you find books, papers and data sets relevant to your research and assignments. In addition, some of us are skilled in patent searching, use of reference managers, bibliometrics and may also have subject specific expertise. Contact your resource librarian today, or come for our orientations sessions to learn about using the library effectively for your assignments!

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anywhere in campus to buy textbooks? nus coop confirm stock titles which are course txt???

i rem last time got clementi bookstore
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Old 18-08-2014, 10:05 AM   #3
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anywhere in campus to buy textbooks? nus coop confirm stock titles which are course txt???

i rem last time got clementi bookstore
Coop will stock the titles which are required (or recommended) for the modules in NUS.
And yes in campus, the individual coops will stock books according to the faculty they serve (except the one at SDE which is small).

If you cannot find a title, ask the employees there. Otherwise, check with your lecturer and get your lecturer to check with coop.
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Coop will stock the titles which are required (or recommended) for the modules in NUS.
And yes in campus, the individual coops will stock books according to the faculty they serve (except the one at SDE which is small).

If you cannot find a title, ask the employees there. Otherwise, check with your lecturer and get your lecturer to check with coop.
Thanks!!! Managed to get my text from coop!
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