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Elsevier Quiz for STEM students

This is a quiz that features cross-disciplinary questions—so all STEM students are welcome!

So, why wait? Participate in the 5-week Engineering Academic Challenge contest and win attractive prizes!

Test your knowledge on questions covering the following 5 specific themes:

  • Engineer the Tools of Scientific Discovery
  • Restore and Improve Urban Infrastructure
  • Provide Access to Urban Infrastructure
  • Engineer Virtual Reality
  • Engineer Better Robots

Register now at:

PlumX metrics integration into Scopus

In February 2017, PlumX announced that Elsevier was acquiring it, making the transition away from EBSCO. With the metrics back-end now gaining access to Elsevier usage data, PlumX metrics will be finally integrated into Scopus as the primary source of article-level metrics, replacing the previous information from

As there can be a huge amount and variation of metrics involved, PlumX breaks them into five main categories:

Broadly speaking, these are what the categories represent:

  • Usage:           Who is reading your work?
  • Captures:       Who saved your work for future use?
  • Mentions:       Who is talking about your work?
  • Social media: Who is sharing your work?
  • Citations:       Who has cited your work?

These metrics will be then displayed on Scopus using the Plum Print widget, which is also integrated into NTU Libraries’s  OneSearch. Each metric is represented visually by colour and size, which indicates amount of metrics.

Did you know that you could also ask the library to generate an altmetrics report for you using PlumX Metrics? This might help to provide some insights into how people interact or engage with your works.

To read more about  PlumX & Scopus, click here.

If you’re interested to learn more about
altmetrics and social media for your research,
please do contact us at

Networking: seven top tips for making the most of huge conferences

Networking at conferences might come across as something that occurs naturally. But do you know that it is helpful, especially for new researchers, that you prepare yourself for networking before attending a conference? Nature’s seven tips on networking is definitely worth a read if you have not been doing so! Click here to read it.

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.

2017 SciFinder Future Leaders program now accepting applications

We are excited to announce the 2017 SciFinder Future Leaders program! One of your Ph.D. students or postdoctoral researchers could be selected to help shape the future of research information.

During an all-expense-paid trip this August 14-24 ,participants get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how we organize, analyze and share information that drives scientific discoveries. Participants will:
• Expand their professional network as they engage scientists from all over the world.
• Develop their SciFinder proficiency and master professional skills to help advance their career.
• Increase their knowledge and exchange ideas about current and future research solutions.
• Tour centers of innovation and technology to broaden their understanding of the scientific enterprise.
They will also travel to Washington, DC to attend the 254th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, “a platform to present, publish, discuss and exhibit the most exciting research discoveries and technologies in chemistry and its related disciplines.”

We encourage you and colleagues from your chemistry and related science departments to identify Ph.D. students and postdocs to apply for this unique opportunity. To request promotional materials, including flyers and posters, click here or email Or download a PDF of our flyer here.

Eligible applicants should apply at by Sunday, February 12, 2017. We look forward to meeting your future leaders!

Best Books 2016

Here is a listing of the Best Books of 2016.

Library Journal

The Economist 

The Globe and Mail 100 Best Books of the Year

Boing Boing’s 2016 Gift Guide: Books

If you are someone into book listings, perhaps the mother of all lists that you can refer to is Largehearted Boy master list.

To check on availability of books in NTU Libraries, go to OneSearch

Zika infection in Singapore

Zika virus is not new, it was first discovered in Uganda’s Zika forest in 1947,
the virus was long thought to be relatively benign, especially compared with deadly mosquito-borne diseases like malaria. There are no approved drugs or vaccines for Zika, mainly because scientists long assumed the virus was so benign that it wasn’t worth the resources required to investigate treatment. There was also a reported outbreak on Yap Island, Federated States of Micronesia in 2007.

Singapore’s Ministry of Health’s FAQs on Zika Virus

What You Need to Know About Zika + How to Beat the Virus—and the Mosquitoes That Carry It

Zika Virus Outbreak on Yap Island, Federated States of Micronesia 

Zika Mosquito

Paywalls and Robin Hoods: The Sci-Hub controversy?

Should I even blog about it? Since many researchers are probably already using it, I guess there is no harm done by a Science Librarian blogging about it.

John Dupuis has a well-written post about Sci-Hub; it is a “Russian website that has used donated institutional login credentials to harvest tens of millions of academic articles and has posted them on their site, free to access and read for everyone.” It has indeed caused much controversy and many articles were written about it. Read the blog post by Dupuis for both sides of the story.

Relevant post: You can have it without breaking the rules

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