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NTU open access data repository DR-NTU (Data) is ready!

We are pleased to announce that the NTU open access data repository DR-NTU (Data) ( is now available for NTU researchers to deposit, publish and archive their final research data!

Data archiving on this platform will help NTU researchers meet their requirements as stipulated in the NTU Research Data Policy. Data sharing on this platform will boost the visibility and reuse of one’s research data, including related publications such as journal papers. Visit our blog posting and FAQ to learn more about what to deposit, file size, file formats, data sharing licensing, data citation and DOIs, etc.

If you have any questions about DR-NTU (Data), please feel free to contact us at

DR-NTU (Data)

NTU Libraries Research Data Management Guide

RDMguideThe NTU Libraries Research Data Management Guide is now up and running!

The guide can be accessed via the Library homepage within the box titled “Research and Scholarship” or you can simply click the following URL to view the guide:

The research data management guide aims to help NTU researchers learn more about the various aspects of research data management and sharing as well as to guide them in meeting the university and funders’ requirements. Topics include what is research data, how to share data, where to share data, why share data, benefits of sharing data and etc. A number of relevant YouTube videos have also been included in the guide so that anyone who is interested in the topic could have a brief overview quickly.

More topics will be made available in future updates of this guide, e.g. more local topics such as the upcoming NTU DMP, relevance to the NTU Research Data Policy, etc. Please stay tuned to the guide for more updates!

If you would like to find out more about NTU Libraries research data management services, please contact us via

Trial of WhatsApp a Librarian (11 Jan – 5 Feb)

We are experimenting with new ways to provide services to our users. In addition to phone, walk-in and email, you may now contact us via WhatsApp!


WhatsApp a Librarian

You may WhatsApp a Librarian if you need quick help on library services and resources.

Pilot period:      11 Jan – 5 Feb 2016

Pilot hours:       Mon – Fri, 9:00am – 9:00pm

Installation requirements
You need to install WhatsApp on your mobile phone and connect it to mobile or WIFI network.

Cost of service 
Sending messages via WhatsApp is free but you may incur personal mobile phone subscription charges.

If you have feedback or enquiries, please email

You can have it without breaking the rules

Here is the illegal way

Academics have found a way to access insanely expensive research papers—for free. Click here to read the article.

Here is how it is done:
Andrea Kuszewski, a cognitive scientist and science writer, invented the tag, which uses a code phrase: “I can haz PDF” – a play on words combining a popular geeky phrase used widely online in a meme involving cat pictures, and a common online file format.

“Basically you tweet out a link to the paper that you need, with the hashtag and then your email address,” she told BBC Trending radio. “And someone will respond to your email and send it to you.” Who might that “someone” be? Kuszewski says scientists who have access to journals, through subscriptions or the institutions they work at, look out for the tag so they can help out colleagues in need.

Once contact is made, all subsequent conversation is kept off of social media – instead, scientists correspond via email. The original tweet is deleted, so there’s no public record of the paper changing hands. Kuszewski and others say the method is necessary to get up-to-date research in the hands of academics from developing countries, and her and other scientists say they consider the pirating “civil disobedience” against a system that includes for-profit publishing companies.

Here is the legal way

NTU Libraries Document Delivery Service: 
If a publication you are looking for is not available in the Library or in our e-journal and e-book collections, we can order it for you. Examples include copies of journal articles, book chapters, conference papers, theses, dissertations, government documents and technical reports. The request may be made through StudentLink, GSLink or StaffLink. For more information, please refer to: Document Delivery Service


Bridging the disconnect between science and society

Scientists spend a major part of their professional lives in the pursuit of a single question with the chance that very few outside a small academic circle will ever appreciate the work. Publiscize a new website created by Robert Seigel, University of Miami hopes to solve the disconnect between science and society. It’s a platform that allows scientists to talk about their published research for a lay audience. If you would like to create a blog to promote your research or share photos and images rscience-and-the-public-why-every-lab-should-tweet-1-728-300x225elated to your research NTU libraries can help. Please contact your librarian today.

Click here to read the original article from INSIDE Higher ED written by Colleen Flaherty retrieved on jul 22 2014 


The New Interface of OneSearch

OneSearch is NTU Libraries’ discovery tool that allows users to search almost all of library’s resources through a single search interface. Recently, the library has enhanced the OneSearch to combine the search box and the links to the specific resources below the search box into a tabbed search interface.


You can use the Search All tab to find various types of resources that meet your search criteria. If you are looking for a specific type of resources, you can the respective search tab, e.g. “Articles” tab for full text articles, “Books” tab for books and e-book, “NTU Papers” tab for research papers written by NTU staff and theses & final year project reports written by NTU students.

There are limiters in each tab for you to narrow your search if needed.

Limit your search results to E-books only:
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