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.
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.
- Wolfram Alpha (Scientific Query)
A service that answers queries directly based on the search terms rather than providing a list of results.
- CORE (Open access search engine)
An experimental service which allows keyword and semantic search of over 10 million open access articles.
- 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.
- Copac (Library catalogue)
A Jisc service which allows users to look through the catalogues of over 70 major UK and Irish libraries.
- 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.
- 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.
- Europeana (Library catalogue)
A meta-catalogue of cultural heritage collections from a range of Europe’s leading galleries, libraries, archives and museums.
- 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.
- Mendeley (Reference management and discovery service)
A way to share reference lists, citations, and even full papers.
- Zotero (Reference management and discovery service)
A way to share reference lists and citations.
For more information, please visit https://www.jisc.ac.uk/blog/ten-search-engines-for-researchers-that-go-beyond-google-11-jul-2013
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.
- Break Projects Into Manageable Tasks
Start each day listing out the tasks you need to accomplish.
- Set Priorities to Avoid Distractions
Prioritize your tasks and take care of the most important tasks first.
- 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.
- Own Your Work
Take ownership of your projects – be proactive in your planning and willing to tackle problems as they happen.
- Expect the Unexpected
Set a realistic timeline for your project and leave extra time for each task in case you run into complications.
- Accept Setbacks Graciously
Be prepared for the possibility of failure and be ready to approach it in a productive way.
- 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 http://axial.acs.org/2016/11/29/7-habits-productive-scientists/
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: https://www-reaxys-com.ezlibproxy1.ntu.edu.sg/reaxys/secured/search.do (Available till June 2017)
Link to new Reaxys: https://new-reaxys-com.ezlibproxy1.ntu.edu.sg/#/search/quick (Available since February 2017)
The team at Periodic Videos from the University of Nottingham created a TED-Ed Lesson for every element of the periodic table. To watch these videos, click on the image below.
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
Print availability: Click here !
ebook access: Click here !
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.