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You can focus your search via the Advanced Search mode by doing a field search or using Boolean operator AND to combine appropriate options (e.g. enter education for Word(s) and gopinathan for Author).

Option When to use?
Word(s) when you want to search for items on a particular topic
Author when you know the name of the author, editor or organisation
Title when you know all or some of the words in the title
Subject when you know the subject heading
ISBN/ISSN when you know the exact ISBN (e.g. 0794602584) or ISSN (e.g. 1073-5836)
Call Number when you know the exact class number (e.g. LA1027) or exact call number (e.g. LA1027 Man).

You can further limit your search by selecting options from Library, Language, Type (e.g. CD-ROM) and PubYear (e.g. >2002 for items published after 2002, >=2002 for items published in 2002 and onwards).


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Click My Account to view items borrowed/holds, renew your materials, change your PIN, change your address.

  • User ID for NIE & NTU Students: matriculation card number.
  • User ID for NIE & NTU Staff: NRIC/FIN/passport number.
  • User ID for External and Teacher Members: barcode number on the library card.
  • Default PIN for all members: last 4 alphanumeric characters of the member’s NRIC/FIN/passport number.


search operators and search tips

  1. Boolean Operators
    Boolean Operator When to use Example
    AND When searching for records that contain all the keywords used education AND Singapore will retrieve records with Singapore and education in the record
    OR When searching for records that contain one or more of the keywords used Holland OR Netherlands will retrieve records with Holland and/or Netherlands in the record
    NOT When excluding records with certain keywords tennis NOT table will retrieve records with tennis but not table tennis
    XOR When searching for records matching any of the keywords but not both dogs XOR cats will retrieve records with dogs only or records with cats only
  2. Truncation and Wildcard (Substitution)
    Function Symbol Example When to use Searches for
    Truncation $ teach$ When searching keywords containing a common word root with any number of characters following the root Teach, teaches, teacher, teachers, teaching, etc.
    Wildcard (Substitution) ? organi?ation When searching keywords with variant spellings organization or organisation
  3. Nesting
    Nesting groups together concepts that are alike and instructs the search engine to search the terms in the parentheses first (e.g. stress and (adolescents or teenagers ) will retrieve items on stress and adolescents as well as items on stress and teenagers).
  4. Phrase Searching
    Use single quotes for phrase search (e.g. 'creative thinking').
  5. Stop Words
    The search will ignore the stop words (articles, prepositions, or conjunctions, such as a, an, as, at, be, but, by, do, for, if, in, it, of, on, the, and to, among others). If you wish to include the stop words in your search, enclose your expression in double quotes (e.g. "war and peace").
  6. Operator Precedence
    The search statement is processed from left to right except when parentheses are used. Commands in the innermost set of parentheses will be executed first. Order of processing for Boolean operators:
    • AND, NOT
    • XOR, OR


Click on Help or contact the Service Point (Level 2, Library) if you need help with your search.
Telephone: 67903626

Last updated: December 6, 2017  

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