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This guide was created to support the course HW0221 – Essay Writing : Crafting an Argument

This guide was created to support the course HW0201 – Research Writing for Social Sciences.

This guide is based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. It provides some commonly used citation examples to help you apply in your assignments.


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Selected Resources


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.

Subject LC Class
Political science (General) JA1 – 92
Political theory. The state. Theories of the state JC11 – 605
Political institutions and public administration JF20 – 2112
General. Comparative government JF20 – 1177
Public administration JF1338 – 2112
Political institutions and public administration (Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, etc.) JQ21 – 6651
Political institutions and public administration-Asia JQ21 – 1852
Political institutions and public administration-East Asia JQ1499 – 1749
International relations JZ5 – 6530

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.

  1. Political science
  2. Political theory
  3. Public administration
  4. International relations
  5. Foreign policy
  6. Political thought
  7. Comparative politics

The library does not have a particular book? Recommend it to us!

Students can send an e-mail to 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.

Staff can use Staff Link. Under Resource Request — Library Services —Book Recommendation. Refer to New Title Recommendation for more details.


E-books brings convenience and flexibility to learning. You can access them anywhere 24/7 be it on campus or from the comfort of your own home.

Browsing the collection

E-book collections relevant to students studying Public Policy & Global Affairs include:


    1. Cambridge Books Online 
      Cambridge Books Online provides access to unique, scholarly content published by Cambridge University Press.
    2. Oxford Handbooks Online
      Oxford Handbooks Online provides over 500 handbook titles in the subject areas of Philosophy; Political Science; Linguistics; Criminology and Criminal Justice; History; Religion; Literature; Psychology; Business and Management; Economics and Finance; and Law; etc.

Other E-book Collections

We have a range of e-encyclopedias and e-dictionaries too!
To view these reference works, click on the “Reference Works” tab.

Searching for e-books

Looking for a specific e-book title?

You can search for e-books using the Library Catalogue. Follow the instructions at the E-books Page. Alternatively, a step-by-step instruction is available in IFAQ.

Reference Works


A database contains a collection of electronic information resources that can be accessed on and off campus via the Internet. You may be required to log in with your NTU username and password. Some useful databases are compiled below. Click on the database titles to access.

  1. 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.
  2. JSTOR
    JSTOR is a full-text database that offers retrospective access to journal articles, in some cases, dating back to the 1800s. Another unique feature of JSTOR is that it displays images, graphs and charts that were originally presented in the article (unlike databases which only preserves the text). However, JSTOR does not offer access to the most recent articles published.
  3. LexisNexis Academic
    LexisNexis Academic delivers fast access to thousands of credible sources from around the world, covering news, legal and business information and more.
  4. NewspaperSG
    An online resource for current and historic Singapore and Malaya newspapers provided by the National Library Board of Singapore. It allows searching of the digital archive which contains newspapers published between 1831-2006, and the National Library’s microfilm collection.
  5. Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO)
    OSO provides access to the full-text of over 10,000 academic works in 20 subject areas, spanning disciplines such as the humanities, social sciences, science, medicine, and law.
  6. ProQuest
    The ProQuest online information service provides access to thousands of current periodicals and newspapers, many updated daily and containing full-text articles.
  7. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
    The Dissertation Abstracts database is the single, authoritative source of doctoral dissertations and master’s theses from over 1,000 accredited North American graduate schools and European universities.
  8. ProQuest Historical Newspapers: South China Morning Post
    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.
  9. South China Morning Post
    Online edition of the South China Morning Post.
    * From 6 April 2016, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) online has become freely accessible. This includes their website, mobile apps, as well as the 10-year searchable archive.
  10. Statistical Yearbook (United Nations. Statistics Division)
    Provides economic and social statistics for over 200 countries and areas around the world.
  11. U.S. Declassified Documents Online
    A multi-disciplinary online source of previously classified government documents. It provides primary source material for research in areas such as international affairs, political science, and American history.
  12. Web of Science
    Abstracts and citations are drawn from leading professional science and social sciences journals. The database also offers access to articles’ cited references which include government publications, patents, sciences and social sciences articles. Users get access to the Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index.
  13. World Development Indicators Online
    The World Development Indicators (WDI) provides a comprehensive selection of economic, social and environmental indicators, drawing on data from the World Bank and more than 30 partner agencies. The database covers more than 900 economic and social indicators for 210 economies with data back to 1960.

Journals are a great source for academic discussion on specific topics. Students can strengthen their term paper by citing sources from these scholarly journals.

There are thousands of e-journal titles in the Library. You can BROWSE e-journal titles by discipline via the e-Journals List.



Audio-visuals provide an alternative and fun way of understanding a subject.

My Picks

In the loop [videorecording]

by Loader, Kevin. Tandy, Adam. Armstrong, Jesse. Blackwell, Simon, 1966- Iannucci, Armando, 1963-

Library Outpost

PN1995.9.C55I35 2010


True believers [videorecording] : religion in today’s China

by McDonnell, Stephen. ABC International. Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm) Films Media Group.

Library Outpost



Bill Moyers journal. Big finance and big politics [videorecording]

by Diego, Ken. Moyers, Bill D. Ablow, Gail, 1962- Corn, David. Drum, Kevin, 1958-

Business Library


Locating AV titles

Here is a step-by-step instruction guide to search for AV titles in the library catalogue.

Web Resources

Web Resources

Other than library subscribed resources, quality web resources will also help greatly in your learning and research

Recommended web resources

National Archives of Singapore

Parliament of Singapore

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 Public Policy & Global Affairs 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:

  1. Click the Reserves tab on the top
  2. Key in the course code
  3. 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.

Student Works

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:


Staff Publications

The Library collects, indexes and preserves full text articles published by our staff in the Digital Repository (Open Access). The main objective is to promote the scholarly output of the University to the global research community. The papers deposited in this repository are also indexed by Google and therefore searchable to the public.

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.

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