International Day for Biological Diversity 22 May

Today is United Nations International Day for Biological Diversity . The 2017 theme is “Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism”. The celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity under the theme “Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism” is an opportunity to raise awareness of the important contribution of sustainable tourism both to economic growth and to the conservation of biodiversity.

Can we in our everyday activity contribute to biodiversity? The answer is yes! World Wildlife Fund’s advice on how you can help save biodiversity are:
1) Be good to our climate
2) Don’t buy bad souvenirs
3) Save our forests by buying “good” wood
4) Buy sustainable seafood

For Singapore’s very own one-stop hub for biodiversity-related information and activities, visit National Biodiversity Centre .

For specific resources on Singapore’s biodiversity, click here.

Physics (New Titles)

Elementary particle physics
By Yorikiyo Nagashima.
John Wiley, 2010.
Call Number: QC174.45.N147
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection | E Book: Vol 1

Advanced particle physics
By Oleg Boyarkin.
Taylor & Francis, 2011.
Call Number: QC793.2.B789
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection | E Book: Vol 1 | Vol 2

Modern plasma physics, Volume 1
By Patrick H. Diamond, Sanae-I. Itoh, Kimitaka Itoh.
Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Call Number: QC718.5.T8D537 V1
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection | E Book: Online

Introduction to condensed matter physics
By Feng Duan & Jin Guojun.
World Scientific, 2005.
Call Number: QC173.454.F332
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection

Theory of low-temperature plasma physics
By Shi Nguyen-Kuok.
Springer, 2016, 2017.
E Book: Online

Quantum physics of light and matter : photons, atoms, and strongly correlated systems, 2nd Edition
By Luca Salasnich.
Springer, 2017.
E Book: Online

Mathematics (New Titles)

Categorification and higher representation theory
Edited by Anna Beliakova, Aaron D. Lauda.
American Mathematical Society, 2017.
Call Number: QA169.C357ch
Library Closed Stack

Mathematical analysis and proof (2nd Edition)
By David S.G. Stirling.
Horwood, 2009.
E Book: Online

Explorations in topology : map coloring, surfaces and knots
By David A. Gay.
Elsevier, 2014.
E Book: Online

Numbers and the making of us : counting and the course of human cultures
By Caleb Everett.
Harvard University Press, 2017.
Call Number: QA141.E93
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection

An introduction to secondary data analysis with IBM SPSS statistics
By John MacInnes.
Sage Publications Ltd., 2017.
Call Number: QA276.45.S77M152
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection

Statistical methods for the social sciences (5th Edition)
By Alan Agresti.
Pearson, 2018.
Call Number: QA276.12.A277 2018
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection

Ten search engines for researchers that go beyond Google

It is crucial for researchers to use search engines effectively in the course of their work. Equally important is to know which are the useful tools that they will need. Dr Neil Jacobs and Rachel Bruce from Jisc’s (Joint Information Systems Committee) digital infrastructure team share their top ten resources for researchers from across the web.

  1. Wolfram Alpha (Scientific Query)
    A service that answers queries directly based on the search terms rather than providing a list of results.
  2. CORE (Open access search engine)
    An experimental service which allows keyword and semantic search of over 10 million open access articles.
  3. BASE (Open access search engine)
    One of the world’s most voluminous search engines especially for academic open access web resources from over 2,000 sources.
  4. Copac (Library catalogue)
    A Jisc service which allows users to look through the catalogues of over 70 major UK and Irish libraries.
  5. Web Scale Discovery services (Library catalogue)
    A common service provided by many university libraries. It works behind the scenes to index a vast range of academic resources and provide sophisticated search tools. Here at NTU Libraries, we are using OneSearch, which is accessible via our Library Homepage.
  6. Zetoc (Library catalogue)
    A comprehensive research database by Jisc which gives users access to over 28,000 journals and more than 52 million article citations and conference papers through the British Library’s electronic table of contents.
  7. Europeana (Library catalogue)
    A meta-catalogue of cultural heritage collections from a range of Europe’s leading galleries, libraries, archives and museums.
  8. Twitter (Social web)
    It harnesses the power of social discovery and particularly the #icanhazpdf hashtag for locating PDFs that users do not have access to through their institution.
  9. Mendeley (Reference management and discovery service)
    A way to share reference lists, citations, and even full papers.
  10. Zotero (Reference management and discovery service)
    A way to share reference lists and citations.

For more information, please visit

The 7 Habits of Productive Scientists

A scientist can be very busy and yet not very productive. Two ACS Publications Editors-in-Chief George Schatz (The Journal of Physical Chemistry) and Vince M. Rotello (Bioconjugate Chemistry) share some tips on how to stay on task and get things done in the lab.

  1. Break Projects Into Manageable Tasks
    Start each day listing out the tasks you need to accomplish.
  2. Set Priorities to Avoid Distractions
    Prioritize your tasks and take care of the most important tasks first.
  3. Be Realistic About Your Commitments
    Do not over-commit – look critically at your own work and be honest about what you are able to accomplish.
  4. Own Your Work
    Take ownership of your projects – be proactive in your planning and willing to tackle problems as they happen.
  5. Expect the Unexpected
    Set a realistic timeline for your project and leave extra time for each task in case you run into complications.
  6. Accept Setbacks Graciously
    Be prepared for the possibility of failure and be ready to approach it in a productive way.
  7. Know When to Move On
    Know when to cut your losses and find a new project if things do not go well.

By cultivating these 7 habits, you can then gradually develop to become a highly productive scientist and researcher.

For more information, please visit

New Reaxys

A new Reaxys interface was launched in October last year and was available to NTU users from February this year. It comes with an improved user experience that focuses on changes to literature searching and coverage, data indexing, excerption and integration, and ensuring all searchers benefit from power user search outcomes.

In view of this, please note that you can access both the old and new Reaxys now but the old Reaxys will only be available until 30 June this year.

Link to old Reaxys: (Available till June 2017)

Link to new Reaxys: (Available since February 2017)

Your Teaching Portfolio: The What, Why and How

Title : The Teaching Portfolio: A Practical Guide to Improved Performance and Promotion / Tenure Decisions (4th edition)
Author : Peter Seldin, J. Elizabeth Miller, Clement A. Seldin
Publisher : Jossey-Bass, 2010
Location : Business Library
Call number : LB2333.S464

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Authors provided a step by step approach to preparing a teaching portfolio, items to include and suggestions on improving the document. There are 21 sample portfolios and they include those from disciplines such as Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Conservation Ecology, Developmental Biology, Mathematics and Physics.

Chemistry (New Titles)

Advanced environmental analysis : applications of nanomaterials. Volume 2
Edited by Chaudhery Mustansar Hussain and Boris Kharisov.
The Royal Society of Chemistry,2017.
E Book: Online

Analytical chemistry for cultural heritage
Edited by Rocco Mazzeo.
Springer, 2017.
E Book: Online

Chemistry for today : general, organic, and biochemistry (9th Edition)
By Spence L. Seager, Michael R. Slabaugh, Maren S. Hensen.
Cengage Learning, 2018.
Call Number: QD31.3.S438 2018
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection

Clinical chemistry : principles, techniques, and correlations (8th Edition)
Edited by Michael L. Bishop, Edward P. Fody, Larry E. Schoeff.
Wolters Kluwer, 2018.
Call Number: RB40.C641ccp 2018
Lee Wee Nam Library, Medical Collection

Quantum chemical approach for organic ferromagnetic material design
By Yuriko Aoki, Yuuichi Orimoto, Akira Imamura.
Springer, 2017.
E Book: Online

Biological Sciences (New Titles)

Integrated molecular evolution
By Scott Orland Rogers.
CRC Press, 2017.
Call Number: QH325.R729 2017
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection

General, organic, and biochemistry (9th Edition)
By Katherine J. Denniston, Joseph J. Topping, Robert L. Caret, Danae R. Quirk Dorr.
McGraw-Hill Education, 2017.
Call Number: QD253.2.D411 2017
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection

Cancer inhibitors from Chinese natural medicines
By Jun-Ping Xu.
CRC Press, 2017.
E Book: Online

Pathology and epidemiology of cancer
Edited by Massimo Loda, Lorelei A. Mucci, Megan L. MIttelstadt, Mieke Van Hemelrijck, Maura Bríd Cotter.
Springer, 2016.
E Book: Online

Proteome informatics
Edited by Conrad Bessant.
Royal Society of Chemistry, 2017.
E Book: Online

Essentials of the living world (5th Edition)
By George B. Johnson.
McGraw-Hill Education, 2017.
Call Number: QH308.2.J67 2017
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection