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This guide was created to support Unit 6: Annotated bibliography: Gathering information and Using NTU databases for course – Research Writing for Humanities. We also provide some useful tips or tools that can help you when researching for your assignment.

For our class activities, we will be using some of these database below :-

  • Early English Books Online (EEBO) | Library database
    contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700. This database currently contains images of works by such authors as Malory, Spenser, Bacon, More, Erasmus, Boyle, Newton, and Galileo. The database also includes musical exercises by Henry Purcell, novels by Aphra Behn, and prayer books, pamphlets, proclamations, almanacs, calendars, and many other primary resource
  • Factiva
    Factiva provides news and business information. It covers 10,000 sources from more than 159 countries in 22 languages and offers more than 400 continuously updated newswires. It also has same-day and archival coverage of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, South China Morning Post, Sydney Morning Herald, Straits Times, and local newspapers from every corner of the globe. See Video Guide.
  • Gale U.S. Declassified Documents Online | Library database
    provides immediate access to a broad range of previously classified federal records spanning the twentieth and twenty first centuries. The collection brings together the most sensitive documents from all the presidential libraries and numerous executive agencies in a single, easily searchable database. The search and discovery interface for the collection allows researchers to locate the full text of documents and quickly filter their search results by document type, issue date, source institution, classification level, and date declassified as well as other document characteristics.
  • Literature Online Complete | Library database
    contains over 350,000 literary works and is the leading full-text database for research in English literature. LION contains searchable full texts of poetry, drama and prose as well as authors’ biographies, literature journals and other key criticism and reference resources from 600 to present.
  • National Archives of Singapore
    NAS is the keeper of records of national or historical significance. The records acquired by NAS come from both public agencies and private sources. Records in various mediums and formats are safeguarded and preserved.
  • NewspaperSG
    is an online resource of current and historic Singapore and Malaya newspapers. You can search our digital archive of newspapers published between 1831-2009.
  • Project Gutenberg
    began in 1971 by Michael Hart as a community project to make plain text versions of books available freely to all.
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: South China Morning Post | Library database
    ProQuest Historical Newspapers: South China Morning Post provides digitised access to the South China Morning Post (an English language newspaper published in Hong Kong) which reports on Hong Kong, China, and other countries in Asia. The entire newspaper since its launch in 1903 can be searched. The database also allows cross-searching with other ProQuest Historical Newspapers. 1903-1995
  • Seventeenth-Eighteenth Century Burney Newspaper Collection | Library database
    The database comprises digitised versions of newspapers and news pamphlets gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757 – 1817) held at the British Library. They represent the largest single collection of 17th and 18th century English news media. The 700 or so bound volumes of newspapers and news pamphlets were published mostly in London, however there are also some English provincial, Irish and Scottish papers, and a few examples from the American colonies, Europe and India.
  • Singapore Memory Project
    SMP is a whole-of-nation movement that aims to capture and document precious moments and memories related to Singapore; recollections not merely from individual Singaporeans, but also organisations, associations, companies and groups.
  • South Asia Archive | Library database
    is a digital archive which offers primary and secondary material for South Asia research. The materials are interdisciplinary and mostly in the English language with about 30 percent of the documents in vernacular languages.
  • The Internet Classics Archive
    Provides 441 online works of classical literature by 59 different authors, including user-driven commentary and “reader’s choice” Web sites. Mainly Greco-Roman works (some Chinese and Persian), all with English translation.
  • OneSearch
    OneSearch serves as a one-stop portal for finding library books, journal articles, news, repository materials and more. It saves your time considerably from searching different platforms. See Video Guide.
  • PhilPapers : Philosophical Research Online | Library database
    PhilPapers is an indexing service maintained by a community of philosophers. The index is supplemented by an open access archive. There are links to extant online content and friendly categorisation to help with searching.
  • JSTOR | Library database
    provides full text of academic journals, books, and primary sources in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. There is usually a gap of 2 to 5 years between the most recently published issue of any journal and the date of the most recent issue available in JSTOR.
  • Internet Encyclopaedia of Philosophy
    IEP was created by a non-profit organization with the goal of providing open access to detailed, scholarly information on key topics and philosophers in all areas of philosophy.
  • Oxford English Dictionary Online | Library database
    provides the information of the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It provides a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past.
  • Oxford Reference | Library database
    includes over 1 million entries across 25 subject areas – everything from architecture to zoology. It offers a quick reference information together with in-depth articles by world-famous authors. It has a wide range of additional materials such as maps, illustrations and timelines.
  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
    is a comprehensive web-based encyclopedia of philosophy terms and concepts from all areas of the discipline, including entries on individual philosophers. Articles are extensive, written by experts in each particular topic, and edited and reviewed by subject editors.

To access these tools and many more, go to library database homepage (

Title: Research matters : a guide to research writing
Author: Howard, Rebecca Moore.
Call No.: PE1408.H851
Title: From reliable sources : an introduction to historical methods
Author: Howell, Martha C.
Call No.: D16.H859
Title: How to write better essays
Author: Greetham, Bryan
Call No.: PE1429.G816 2013
Title: Success in academic writing
Author: Day, Trevor
Call No.: LB2369.D275
Title: Cite right : a quick guide to citation styles–MLA, APA, Chicago, the sciences, professions, and more
Author: Lipson, Charles.
Call No.: PN171.F56L767C
Title: MLA style manual and guide to scholarly publishing
Author: Gibaldi, Joseph
Call No.: PN147.M685
Title: The Chicago manual of style
Author: University of Chicago
Call No.: Z253.U58

When do you use a book and when do you use a research journal article? The following two items tells us that different information sources will give us different types of information about a topic.

Whatever source type you use, you will need to know how to choose and use the appropriate keywords to help find the specific materials to support your argument. It is also important for you to critically analyse and evaluate the materials found in several ways to be sure it is suitable for your needs.

Feeling frustrated trying to find a useful article for your assignment via google?

The library has a little TOOL called Full text @ NTU Library that allows NTU students to seamlessly retrieve full text articles or e-books subscribed by NTU Libraries from the Internet or email. Install it as a favorite link or bookmark in your web browsers (IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) or mobile devices (Apple OS and Android OS) iPhone/iPad. Click on it to redirect any web link through the NTU Library’s ezproxy service. Login with your NTU Network account to gain access to subscribed resources instantly.

Click here for steps on how you can install it.

Want to get in touch with us or need help finding sources for your assignment? Email us at askalibrarian or contact your Subject Librarians. Visit the HSS Library blog to find out about new resources and latest happenings.

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