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During the last quarter of 2013, NTU staff and students were treated to a prehistoric Southeast Asia exhibition hosted by the Humanities and Social Sciences Library. The three-month-long exhibition which was curated by Assistant Professor Goh Geok Yian from the School...read more
As Mark Twain aptly phrases it, “the man who does not read books has no advantage over the man that cannot read them”. In spite of the convenience of the Internet for quick answers to academic dilemmas, the charm behind holding a book and reading it cannot be denied. Till today, books still retain their authoritativeness, especially in an academic environment. For e-resources, the titles are labelled with [e-resource].
Browsing the collection
Have you ever wondered how library books and journals are assigned their places on the shelves?
NTU Library, like many major academic libraries in the world, uses the Library of Congress Classification System for call numbers. This system uses a combination of letters and numbers to arrange materials by subjects. Therefore, you can often find several helpful books on the same shelf, or nearby.
You can browse the main History book collection at the Humanities & Social Sciences Library. Below is a selective listing of topics which may be of interest to you.
|Philosophy of History||D16 – 18|
|History of Civilizations||CB305 – 430|
|History of the Islamic World||DS35.3 – 35.7|
|Southeast Asia||DS520 – 560.72|
|Singapore||DS608 – 610.9|
|East Asia||DS501 – 518.9|
|China||DS701 – 779.32|
|Japan||DS801 – 897|
|Korea||DS901 – 937|
Searching for books
You can also search for books using our Library Catalogue. Enter any appropriate subject terms in “subject” field to retrieve all books under that subject category. Subject headings describe the key contents of a book. Hence, narrowing your search by “subject” helps to improve the accuracy and efficiency of searching.
Check out our Catalogue Tips to find out how you can further improve your search results.
Selected book lists by subject
Here’s a list of topics which may be of interest to you. Click on them for a quick scan of the collection at HSS Library.
- East Asia
- Southeast Asia
- Southeast Asia & China
- Islamic History
- Gender in History
The library does not have a particular book? Recommend it to us!
Students can send an e-mail to email@example.com with as much details about the item as possible – Title, Author/editor, Place of publication, Publisher or producer, Date of publication, ISBN, Edition and Price.
Browsing the collection
NetLibrary is a multi-disciplinary ebook library that allows you to read the complete book online, print pages, and make annotations.
Here are some titles on Singapore that you can access via NetLibrary:
- Beyond Description: Singapore Space Historicity
Bishop, Ryan; Phillips, John; Yeo, Wei-Wei.
- Singapore:The State and the Culture of Excess
- Communitarian Ideology and Democracy in Singapore
Chua, Beng Huat
- The Politics of Multiculturalism: Pluralism and Citizenship in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia
Hefner, Robert W.
To browse more titles at NetLibrary, click on eBooks under “In Our Collection” for list of books subscribed by the Library.
Other E-book Collections
We have a range of e-encyclopedias and e-dictionaries too!
To view more of these reference works, go to Resources >> Reference works
For a quick check of historical facts, try;
- A dictionary of contemporary world history: from 1900 to the present day by Jan Palmowski
- International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences
Neil J. Smelser, Paul B. Baltes.
Searching for books
Looking for a specific e-book title?
A subject dictionary is also an excellent source to find terms and keywords to use when searching for periodical articles in databases. An encyclopedia gives a concise treatment to the entry, including discussing and listing key publications in a field of study. Unlike Wikipedia which provides useful information, these reference works are credible and authoritative sources. For e-resources, the titles are labelled with [e-resource].
- A dictionary of contemporary world history: from 1900 to the present day [e-resource]
- A dictionary of world history [e-resource]
- Historical dictionary of ancient Southeast Asia
John N. Miksic
Call no.: DS524.M636
- Dictionary of the modern politics of South-East Asia
Call no.: DS526.7.L527 2001
- Southeast Asia: A Historical Encyclopedia, from Angkor Wat to East Timor
Ooi Keat Gin
Call no.: DS524.S727 (V1-3)
- Encyclopedia of modern Asia
Call no.: DS4.L665 (V1-6)
- Encyclopedia of Islam [e-resource]
Brill Academic Publishers
- Encyclopedia of Islamic civilisation and religion
Ian Richard Netton
Call No.: BP40.E56
- The Oxford encyclopedia of women in world history [e-resource]
Bonnie G Smith
- Encyclopedia of social history
Peter N. Stearns
Call no.: HN28.E56
- Modern China : an encyclopedia of history, culture, and nationalism
Call no.: JC311.M689
- Encyclopedia of China : the essential reference to China, its history and culture
Call no.: DS705.P448
- Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages
- Colonial America : an encyclopedia of social, political, cultural, and economic history
Call no.: E162.C719
- The Oxford encyclopedia of economic history [e-resource]
Call no.: HN28.E56
Searching for Reference Works
Reference works can be found by using the Library Catalogue. A step-by-step instruction is available in IFAQ.
Browse the Library’s comprehensive list of databases.
Here are some core databases that you can start off with:
JSTOR is a full-text database that has an excellent retrospective access to journal articles, in some cases going back to the 1800s. This made it a recommended resource for history students to begin their research. Another unique feature of JSTOR is that it also displays images, graphs and charts that were originally presented in the article (unlike other databases which only preserves the text). However, JSTOR does not offer access to the most recent articles published. There is usually a gap of 2 to 5 years which is also known as the “moving wall”. View its Database information page.
EBSCOHost is another huge database with a very large selection of articles. Unlike JSTOR, EBSCO may have access to more recent journal articles. However, full-text linking may not be available for all articles listed on EBSCO.If this is the case, check our E-Journals A to Z List if we have other databases that offer the journal title with the coverage that your require. View its Database information page.
- Project Muse
Project Muse is a multidisciplinary databases created for the Humanities, arts and social sciences. It is rich resources for the History students. View its Database information page.
Factiva offers same-day and archival coverage of local newspapers from around the world. This includes The Straits Times, The New York Times, South China Morning Post and The Wall Street Journal. This is useful for students attempting to analyse topics covered by the media. View its Database information page.
- International Journal of Middle East Studies
- Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East
- Modern Asian Studies
- Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient
- The China Quarterly
- The International History Review
- The Journal of Asian Studies
- The Economic History Review
- Frontiers of History in China
Going Beyond the Lists
There are thousands of e-journal titles in the Library. You can BROWSE or SEARCH for more journal titles with the NTU Library Subscribed E-journals: A to-Z List.
Our AV collection can be found at Business Library, level B2.
Staff and Masters/PhD students can borrow the titles home while undergraduate students can approach the service desk to borrow a title and view it within the library.
- 5000 years of magnificent wonders
Narrated by: Brosnan, Pierce.
Discover the history behind some of the most remarkable creations and achievements.
- Ancient Greece
- Ancient Rome
- Ancient Egypt
- Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
- Secrets of the Holy Land
- World Wonders Beyond Time
- Great religions : people and passions that changed the world
Directed by: Gardner, Robert.
Learn more about the people and passions that changed the world.
- Islam : empire of faith
- Martin Luther
- Peter and Paul : and the Christian revolution
- Kingdom of David : the saga of the Israelites
- Holy warriors : Richard the Lionheart & Saladin
- The history of Singapore
Directed By: Lambert, Tim.
Discover Singapore’s historic past, from its humble beginnings as a sleepy fishing village to a booming trading post under British rule.
Locating AV titles
Here is a step-by-step instruction guide to search for AV titles in the library catalogue.
- National Heritage Board
The National Heritage Board is dedicated to the preservation, presentation, and interpretation of Singaporean and SE Asian history. The Board operates seven leading museums and heritage interpretative centres as follows:
- Asian Civilisations Museum
- Memories at Old Ford Factory
- National Museum of Singapore
- Peranakan Museum
- Reflections at Bukit Chandu
- Singapore Art Museum
- Singapore Philatelic Museum
- National Archives of Singapore (NAS)
NAS collects, preserves and manages is Singapore’s public and private archival records, some of which date back to the early 19th century.
- Access to Archives Online
A digital collection of the National Archives of Singapore includes photographs, oral histories, documents and other materials.
Offers full text news content from as many as 17 newspapers titles published in Singapore from 1845.
- Singapore Infopedia
“An online electronic encyclopedia on Singapore’s history, culture, people, and events”.
ORGANISATIONS & ASSOCIATIONS
- Southeast Asia Visions
A collection of more than 350 European travel accounts of pre-modern Southeast Asia from Cornell University Library.
- Today in Asian History
A calendar of events that happened in Asia.
- British Pathe Film Archive
Includes bulletins about Asia including India, China and Singapore. Many of them trace key moments in Asian history.
- Asia Society: Countries & History
Includes country profiles, current news on conflicts surrounding the region.
- ORIGINS: current events in historical perspectives
Offers analytical articles by academic experts on current issues –political, cultural, or social –in historical perspectives.
Includes information on the Second World War in which Asia is well represented.
- Best of History Websites
Provides convenient access to history-oriented resources online in a wide range of categories.
- Bibliographic Information Database of Okinawa Materials (BIDOM)
BIDOM is useful for locating bibliographic information of articles and books related to Okinawa/Ryukyu.
Recommend a web resource
If you have any useful and relevant websites to recommend, please feel free to email me.
Reserves or commonly referred to as red-spot books or RBR (recommended book room) titles refers to the list of core readings recommended by your course lecturers.
Browsing the Reserves collection
Reserve titles for History are located at the Library Outpost. They can only be borrowed for 2 hours.
Searching for Reserves
You can retrieve Reserves titles via their Course Codes from the Library Catalogue.
Go to the Library Catalogue:
- Click the Reserves tab on the top
- Key in the course code
- Click Lookup Items on Reserve by Course Number
A quick glance
View the entire list of reserved titles held at the Humanities & Social Sciences Library. This list includes recommended book titles for almost all the courses conducted at The School of Humanities & Social Sciences.
You can access HSS students’ reports in our Digital Repository, DR-NTU (Restricted Access). The collection comprises of Final Year Project (FYP), Industrial Attachment (IA), Professional Attachment (PA) and Professional Internship (PI).
Please note that these reports are stored in the restricted collection . You will need to log in using your NTU network user name and password to view the full text.
View the Collection Page of the HSS Student Reports. Enter your search terms and click Go. Or browse by author, title, subject and date. Here’s a peek at the search interface:
HSS Staff Papers
We encourage research staff to deposit their research papers with us in the DR-NTU Open Access. Many publishers now allow the self-archiving of publications in institutional repositories. Copyright policies and archiving guidelines from Sherpa Romeo let you know whether the journals or publishers that you are working with allow self-archiving.
If you would like to submit your journal article or conference paper for inclusion into the HSS collection, please see the instructions about submissions to DR-NTU or contact me.
Browse through the current submissions to the DR-NTU from HSS.
Hi, I’m Kiak Peng, the subject librarian for History. Feel free to contact me for:
- Enquiries about library resources
- Requests for new resources
- Library orientation & tours
- Instructional classes
- Research Assistance
Lee Wee Nam Library Level 2
Tel: (65) 6316 2904 Fax: (65) 6316 8766