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Research Guide: Academic Discourse (ALS101)

This guide was created to support the course Academic Discourse (ALS101). The guide points to useful electronic and print resources to assist students with their research paper assignment.

Introduction

This guide was created to support the course Academic Discourse (ALS101). The guide points to useful electronic and print resources to assist students with their research paper assignment.

Contact your friendly librarians at 6790-3623 or libris@nie.edu.sg if you have further queries.

Getting Started

Seated in front of your computer, all set to begin on your research but not sure how you are going to find the information you want?  Before you imagine research to be a bigger nightmare than it really is, the library is here to help you!

 
First of all, it is important to know the various platforms available for you to conduct your search in.

 

Platform

What is it?

WebOPAC

A catalogue of resources that the library has, such as book  (both print and electronic) titles, journal (both print and  electronic) titles and audio-visual materials titles.

Periodical  Databases

Online multi-disciplinary or subject-specific platforms that  provide references to articles from serials publications.

e-Journal  Portal

A platform that facilitates retrieval of electronic journals from  across subscribed and selected open access resources.

NIE Digital  Repository

A repository of NIE publications and research output,  including dissertations/theses, examination papers, technical  reports, working papers, conference papers and journal  articles.

LibDiscover!

A one-stop discovery platform that searches across the  library catalogue, subscribed and selected open access  resources and NIE digital repository.

Google  Scholar

A web search engine that retrieves references to scholarly  literature across an array of publishing formats and  disciplines.

  
 
Secondly, it helps to know which platform to select, depending on the information that you have on hand. This will ensure that the search does not end in disappointment.
 
 
 

 What you are looking for

 Where to search for it

Book/journal/video titles or topics

WebOPAC

Electronic journal titles

e-Journal Portal

Articles on specific topics 

Periodical Databases

NIE publications or research output

NIE Digital Repository

Article titles or full citations or topics

LibDiscover!

Grey literature or papers not available in NIE/NTU

Google Scholar