Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild

Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild is a 3-part documentary video series by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) featuring Sir David Attenborough.




Episode 1: Life on Camera

Watch direct from Academic Video Online (opens in a new tab).

Summary*: Sir David Attenborough gives his unique perspective on over half a century of innovation in wildlife filmmaking – developments that have brought ever more breathtaking and intimate images of wildlife to our television screens, changing our view of life on the planet forever. He revisits key places and events in his filming career, reminisces with his old photos and reflects on memorable wildlife footage – including him catching a komodo dragon and swimming with dolphins. Returning to his old haunts in Borneo, he recalls the challenges of filming in a bat cave and shows how with modern technology we can now see in the dark.

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Episode 2: Understanding the Natural World

Summary*: David Attenborough reviews the most exciting scientific discoveries that have transformed our view of life on earth during his lifetime. How and where did life first begin? How do continents move? How do animals communicate? And why do they behave the way they do? In a story of individual passions, dedication and ingenious insights he shares his memories of the scientists and the breakthroughs that helped shape his own career. He also recalls some of his more hair-raising attempts to bring new science to a television audience – by standing in the shadow of an erupting volcano as lumps of hot lava crashed around him, by being charged by a group of armed New Guinean tribesmen and the extraordinary sight of chimps hunting monkeys, captured on camera for the first time by Attenborough and his team.

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Episode 3: Our Fragile Planet

Summary*: Sir David Attenborough reflects on the dramatic impact that humankind has had on the natural world within his own lifetime. He tells the surprising and deeply personal story of the changes he has seen, of the pioneering conservationists with who he has worked – and of the global revolution in attitudes towards nature that has taken place within the last six decades. In a journey that takes him from the London Zoo to the jungles of Borneo, Attenborough reveals what inspired him to become a conservationist. He remembers classic encounters with mountain gorillas, blue whales and the giant tortoise, Lonesome George. These are all characters that have helped to change public attitudes to the natural world.

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*Note: Summary taken from Academic Video Online.

Read the South China Morning Post (SCMP) online

As part of SCMP’s University Reading Sponsorship Program, NTU staff and students have a 1-year complimentary access to South China Morning Post (SCMP) online for 1 year.

SCMP is widely known as Hong Kong’s premier English language newspaper, providing news and insights into Hong Kong, China, Asia and the world.

Both the International and Hong Kong editions are available, along with a 10-year searchable archive.

Please note that the SCMP Mobile / Tablet / ePaper Editions are not available.

For Students Only: Get the ePaper Edition Now! (Register by 31 Dec 15)



SCMP is offering complimentary access to the SCMP ePaper edition – for students only. Register at this webpage, offer ends 31 December 2015.

Pew Research

Pew Research

Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research.

This US based site has lost of interesting data which you can look up and well written reports on the state of the media. They even have a ‘Global’ section which looks at how global issues impact the US media.

This is a great place to start when you are looking for inspiration for an assignment and the data can also be used within your report. Just make sure you cite the information together with other research findings you can get from the library databases.

Early Textbook Digital Project Launched


If you have heard or visited our early textbook special collection at Wang Gungwu Library, you might be very impressed by these precious resources. Now we present this online bibliography for your easy access to this collection at any time anywhere as you like!

It records a total of more than 1200 titles of textbooks and related study and teaching materials that were used in Mainland China and Chinese schools in Southeast Asian countries during the twentieth century.

You can search by title, author, or subject. Alternatively, you can browse the whole collection by author, year, content level, subject heading, keyword, and place of publication.

You can access this bibliography via : NTU library homepage-Teaching and learning-Digital projects. Or using this link:

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New database – Oxford Bibliographies Online

NTU Libraries has recently subscribed to Oxford Bibliographies Online. These bibliographies are authoritative research guides written by subject experts.

Currently, there are 120 items under Communication and 151 items under Cinema and Media Studies. Below are some examples:


Cinema and Media Studies:

The Library’s subscription also cover many other subject areas such as Childhood studies, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. Check out the entire list here (access requires NTU network username and password).

Two sides of the story

Reporters like to present both sides of the story. However, “it can be misleading for a journalist to give the impression that there is a 50/50 split on a particular question by quoting or broadcasting one ‘for’ and one ‘against’.”

Fiona Fox explains in this video using examples from science reporting.


For more interesting videos from the BBC College of Journalism, click here (requires NTU network username/password).

Film English

Film EnglishFilm is a great media, all communication students know this. We can learn a lot through films. Great films tell a story, carry a moral and make the audiences think. The way the director shoots the film teaches us about angles and cinematography. Even the bad films teach us what not to do.

Film-English is an interesting website that uses film to teach language. Kieran Donaghy, who teaches at a University in Barcelona, started this website with a pre-set lesson, using short films as a key component, to teach English to his students.

But film students can also learn a thing or two from the website. It gives a unique way to use film and the website also has a film glossary. Not to mention some interesting short films embedded in the website.

So explore the website, and you may see film in a different light.


When a Prince is born and When a Star dies

What a month July has been? It started with the highly anticipated birth of the new heir to the throne of England and then it took a dip with the tragic and untimely death of one of the cast members of Glee.

On the news, you would have seen throngs of people waiting outside the hospital anxiously awaiting the new baby, or you saw Glee fans lighting candles and placing flowers outside the hotel where the actor’s body was found.

When you think about it, birth and death are everyday occurrences. Yet some people seem to have such strong emotions when it comes to celebrities.

People feel connected to these celebrities, sharing their pain and joy. We see them in glossy magazines and on our television screens. It is almost as though we have invited them to be a part of our lives. To many, they are as real as family and friends, even though we have never actually seen or spoken to them in person, and they don’t actually know we exist in this world.

When you watch the news and you hear of a terrorist attack killing citizens on the street, is the feeling just as strong?

NTU Libraries has an array of materials dealing with this topic.

Try looking for materials in the NTU Libraries Catalogue. Go to the Books and Videos section and type in ‘fame’ and ‘celebrities’ into the search box to look at some of the materials we have on this subject.

Basic Search

Or you could try looking for materials through our one-stop ‘One Search’ portal

One Search






Enter the keywords and hit ‘Go’. Results returned will contain resources from the library’s print and e-collection including subscribed databases.

The Decade of Your Birth

In May, the National Geographic Channel highlighted the 80’s. Many of you reading may not have even been around in the 80’s but for those of you who were, it was a great time wasn’t it. I was born at the end of the 70’s and grew up in the 80’s and I still love the music from that decade.

But chances are, if you are an undergraduate it was the 90’s that was lucky enough to see your birth. (Ok I’m starting to feel old now). So below are some major news stories of the 90’s, some taken from Lexis Nexis Academic, which you can find in the list of News Databases.

Enjoy your blast from the past.

Major Events in the 1990 from Singapore and Around the world