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Lyell Collection: Geological Society publications online

The Lyell Collection comprises of Earth Science literature published by the Geological Society, London. The Lyell Collection includes journals and monographs

  • Journal of the Geological Society,
  • Geochemistry: exploration, environment, analysis,
  • Transactions of the Geological Society of London,
  • Journal of Micropalaeontology,
  • Memoirs,
  • Special Publications.

This collection is named after Sir Charles Lyell, a 19th century British geologist. All articles authored by Charles Lyell in this collection are free to access.

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.

International Mother Earth Day 22 April

Today is United Nations International Mother Earth Day. What can we do to take care of Mother Earth? Here is a selected list that you may find interesting. If you are keen to find more resources, click here.

For a list of resources related to sustainability development in Singapore, click here.

Surviving the 21st century : humanity’s ten great challenges and how we can overcome them
By Julian Cribb.
Springer, 2016, ©2017.
Online Access | e-book

Clean, green and blue : Singapore’s journey towards environmental and water sustainability
By Tan Yong Soon with Lee Tung Jean, Karen Tan.
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2009.
Call Number | GE190.S55T161, Lee Wee Nam Library, Humanities & Social Sciences Library
Online Access | e-book

50 years of environment : Singapore’s journey towards environmental sustainability
Edited by Tan Yong Soon.
World Scientific, 2015, 2016.
Call Number | GE190.S55Y39, Humanities & Social Sciences Library
Online Access | e-book

Climate crisis, psychoanalysis, and radical ethics
By Donna M. Orange.
Routledge, 2017.
Call Number | BF353.R63
Humanities & Social Sciences Library

Ecodocumentaries : critical essays
Edited by Rayson K. Alex, S. Susan Deborah,.
Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Online Access | e-book

Singapore 2065 : leading insights on economy and environment from 50 Singapore icons and beyond
Edited by Euston Quah.
World Scientific, 2016.
Call Number | HC445.8.S617sen,Humanities & Social Sciences Library
Online Access | e-book

Are you happy? United Nations International Day of Happiness, 20 March

Today is United Nations International Day of Happiness. A search on Library resources related to happiness yield a surprisingly big number of hits, ranging from the serious to the light hearted. Here is a selected list that you may find interesting. If you are keen to find more resources on happiness, click here. May our readers be happy every day! 🙂

The happiness project : or why I spent a year trying to sing in the morning, clean my closets, fight right, read Aristotle, and generally have more fun
by Gretchen Craft Rubin.
Published [2009]
Library Business Library
Call Number BF575.H27R896

If you’re so smart, why aren’t you happy?
by Raj Raghunathan.
Published [2016]
Library Humanities & Social Sciences Library
Call Number BF637.S8R142

Achieving happiness in Singapore
by Dr Christopher Cheok.
Published [2013]
Library Medical Library, Novena
Call Number BF575.H27C518

Happiness for dummies
by William Doyle Gentry
Published [2008]
Library Humanities & Social Sciences Library
Call Number BF575.H27G339

Happiness : a practical guide
by Will Buckingham.
Published [2012]
Library Library Outpost
Call Number BF575.H27B923

by Bent Greve.
Published [2012]
Library Business Library
Call Number BF575.H27G837

Spontaneous happiness
by Andrew Weil.
Published [2011]
Library Humanities & Social Sciences Library
Call Number RA790.W422

Stuff Matters: The Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials

Title : Stuff matters: the strange stories of the marvellous materials that shape our man-made world
Author : Mark Miodownik
Publisher : Viking, 2013
Call number (Location): TA403.2.M669 (Lee Wee Nam Library, Popular Science), TA403.2.M669s (Library Outpost)
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Ebook access (via *Overdrive)


“Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does a paper clip bend? Why does any material look and behave the way it does? With clarity and humor, materials scientist Mark Miodownik answers all the questions you’ve ever had about your pens, spoons, and razor blades, while also introducing a whole world full of materials you’ve never even heard of: the diamond five times the size of Earth; concrete cloth that can be molded into any shape …
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Five best questions to ask in interviews

Isabel Sperry, a blogger for, recommends the following five questions:
1. What qualities would make an ideal candidate for this role?
2. Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?
3. Can you describe the company culture?
4. How did you get started in your role?
5. What are the next steps in the interview process?

More information in her blog post.

Other posts by Isabel include: 10 questions never to ask in an interview and 3 tricky interview questions and how to answer them.

Vault is a career information provider and publishes career guides covering topics such as resumes and cover letters. interviewing & networking tips.  The NTU Libraries has an active subscription to Vault resources (print, videos) and we encourage our users to create an account to personalise their access to Vault.

Vault Guide to Resumes and Job Hunting Skills, 2nd edition

Vault Guide to Resumes and Job-Hunting Skills (2nd edition)
By Maurene J. Hinds
Vault, 2016

Published in 2016, the 2nd edition of this guide provides advice for elements of the job-hunting process; from organising and presentation of your resume to preparing for an interview. This guide is targeted at new professionals or those looking to advance their career.

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Finding Purpose: Environmental stewardship as a personal calling

Title : Finding purpose: Environmental stewardship as a personal calling
Author : Andrew J. Hoffman
Publisher : Greenleaf Publishing, 2016
Location : Humanities and Social Sciences Library
Call number : GE195.7.H699

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Finding Purpose aims to challenge our understanding of how humanity interacts with planet Earth, and our role within this. This book is an invitation: would you like to participate in one of the most important projects of imagination, perhaps the greatest ever, in human history? Distilling and refining over 20 pieces from a lifetime of work in academia and trade, across speeches, blogs, editorials and essays, Hoffman invites us to look beyond material growth and explore the role of the individual and business in discovering a wider purpose to bring about a balanced and sustainable society.
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