Learning Resources Centre

Conveniently located in both campuses, our Learning Resources Centre has a collection of print and digital resources that serve our students' information and research needs.

What's New?


As Singapore enters Phase 2 of Safe Transition, PSB Academy will increase on-campus activities progressively and we will do this on a calibrated and safe manner. We are pleased to inform you the Learning Resources Centre will re-open on Wednesday, 15 July 2020.

For everyone’s health and safety, safe management measures are in place, including SafeEntry in and out of campus, biometric attendance-taking, and temperature checks. Masks must be worn at all times on-campus.

If you are unwell you will be required to stay away from the Campus.

 

Changes on the Operations of Learning Resources Centre

To keep in line with safety measures, visits to the Learning Resources Centre are now by appointment only.

Transaction within the Learning Resources Centre premises are kept to a strict timeline of 15 minutes to minimise contact between staff and member. There will be no browsing and use of Learning Resources Centre laptops until further notice.

 

Visit to Learning Resources Centre by Appointment Booking

You are required to make an advanced appointment booking exclusively for the following transactions:

  1. Collection of Reserved Books
  2. Payment of Overdue Fines by Cash (if member is not able to pay via online methods)


If you wish to make an appointment for the transactions above, please email  LearningRC@psb-academy.edu.sg and we will send the appointment booking link to you.

 

Opening Hours

The Learning Resources Centre has revised its opening hours listed in the table below for the period, Wednesday, 15 July 2020 to Thursday, 30 July 2020.

 

 

STEM Campus

 

Day

Date

Time

Wed – Thu

15 July to 30 July 2020

2pm to 7pm

Fri

31 July 2020

PH: Closed

Weekends and Public Holidays: Closed

 

 

City Campus

 

Day

Date

Time

Wed – Thu

15 July to 16 July 2020

10am to 7pm

Fri

17 July 2020

10am to 6pm

Mon – Fri

20 July to 24 July 2020

2pm to 7pm

Mon – Thu

27 July to 30 July 2020

2pm to 7pm

Fri

31 July 2020

PH: Closed

Weekends and Public Holidays: Closed

  • Loans

     

    Communications to Learning Resources Centre

    Communications to the Learning Resources Centre can be done via email. The email address is LearningRC@psb-academy.edu.sg

    If you wish to enquire on the title of a particular book, please indicate in the email

    a. Full Name as in the NRIC / Passport

    b. Email Address

    c. Title of the Book, Author, and Year Published

    d. Programme Enrolled


    These are all mandatory fields which you need to key in.  An acknowledgment email will then be sent to you.

    If the book is available, we will reserve the book for you upon receipt of your appointment booking.

     

    Return of Books at Learning Resources Centre Bookdrop Located at the Campus Entrance

    You can return your books via the Learning Resources Centre bookdrop located at the campus entrance of both campuses, during campus operating hours. No advanced appointment booking is required for this.

     

    City Campus Bookdrop

    STEM Campus Bookdrop

     City Campus Bookdrop

     STEM Campus Bookdrop

     

    Renewals / Reservation

    Requests for renewals and new reservations can be sent via email to LearningRC@psb-academy.edu.sg – please provide the last four characters of your NRIC/FIN no., full name and barcode no. (e.g. B000001234) of the book.

    Renewal requests can only be done from one week prior to the due date.

     

    Overdue Loans

    Students who do not return overdue books even after email reminders have been sent by LRC will be subject to disciplinary actions.

     

    Overdue Fines

    All overdue items are subject to LRC fines:

    Books

    S$0.60 per day per item

    Books (Short-Term Loan)

    S$1.00 per day per item

    Students with outstanding payments may be barred from attending lessons or sitting for examinations. Examination results, and graduation certificates and transcripts may be withheld until outstanding payments are paid.

     

    Payment of Lost Items

    Students will need to pay for lost items. The costs incurred will be fines + S$25.00 per item + cost of item.

     

    Payment of Overdue Fines

    Payment of overdue fines can be made through PayNow and Interbank Transfer. Once payment is made, please email the reference number to LearningRC@psb-academy.edu.sg

     

    PayNow

    Open your bank’s mobile app and scan the QR code or key in the UEN #:

    LRC PayNow QR Code

    UEN: 200704825E
    Entity Name: PSB Academy Pte. Ltd.
    Bill Reference: LRC <Your Name>

     

    Interbank Transfer

    Account Name: PSB Academy Pte Ltd
    Bank Name: United Overseas Bank Limited
    Bank Branch: UOB Main Branch
    Branch Address: 80 Raffles Place, UOB Plaza 1, Singapore 048624
    Account Number: 451-306-636-2
    Bank Code: 7375 / Branch Code: 001
    Swift Code: UOVBSGSG (for international students)

     

    Complimentary e-resources

    To ensure that students will still be able to source for the resources required even when the Learning Resources are closed, we have uploaded complimentary e-resources covering subjects on business management, computer science, engineering, life sciences etc. please see Public Access Resources 

     

  • Featured New Arrivals

     

    11 May 2020

    List Of Graded Reader Books for CEP Students


    The City Campus LRC has a special collection of Graded Readers for CEP students!

    Located at Shelf A, you can choose books from Reading Level 1 – Easiest, to Reading Level 12 – Advanced.

    Check out the complete list of Graded Reader titles (Bibliography)

    Bibliography of Graded Readers

     


     

     

  • Virtual Tour

Digital Resources


Partner University Online Resources

 

LRC eBooks

List of Subscribed Titles

School of Life and Physical Sciences

eBook Vendor

Campus Access

Elsevier

Both campuses LRC

Taylor & Francis

City Campus LRC

School of Business and Management

eBook Vendor

Campus Access

Cambridge University Press

Both campuses LRC

Oxford University Press

Both campuses LRC

Pearson Bookshelf Online

Both campuses LRC
Access Guide Here

Taylor & Francis

City Campus LRC

School of Engineering and Technology

eBook Vendor

Campus Access

Pearson Bookshelf Online

Both campuses LRC
Access Guide Here

 

 

LRC Print Catalogue

To search for available print titles in the LRC collection, users may use the OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue)

 

LRC Academic Resources

Our Academic Resources will help you from identifying relevant literature and presenting into reports and essays, to adopting essential referencing skills and making high-impact slideshow presentations.

 

LRC ePeriodicals

Students may access electronic copies at both campuses and print copies at City Campus LRC: 

 

LRC eNewspapers (Temporarily ceased due to CB closure)

Students may access electronic copies at both campuses and print copies at City Campus LRC:

 

 

Public Access Resources


Books, Websites, Databases and OER

These resources are available either in the public domain or under the Creative Commons license.


Business & Management

Resources

Description


Bloomberg Business Asia

  • News Source on Asia’s Business and Markets.


FinanceAsia

  • News Source on Asia's Finance, Economic, and Capital Markets.


Free Management eBooks

  • Books on Accounting Principles and Business Strategy.


International Financial Statistics

  • Data on Exchange Rates, International Banking, and Government Accounts.

 

International Monetary Fund (IMF) eLibrary

  • Periodicals, Books, and Data Statistical Tools from IMF.


Lyryx Open Textbooks

  • Textbooks on Accounting, Mathematics, and Economics.


Singapore Exchange (SGX)

  • Annual / Financial Reports of Singapore Companies.


SingStat Table Builder

  • Statistic Tables on the Singapore Economy and Population.


Statistics Singapore

  • Statistic Data on the Singapore Economy and Population.


World Bank Data

  • World Development Finance and Global Economic Monitor.


Computer Science

Resources

Description


BC Open Textbooks - Computer Science

  • Textbooks on Database Management and Information Systems.


Electronic Colloquium on Computational Complexity (ECCC)

  • Research Papers on Computational Complexity Theory.


Journal Of Machine Learning Research

  • Scholarly Articles on Machine Learning.


PeerJ Computer Science

  • Journals on Computer Science.


PQDT Open (Cyber Security dissertations and theses)

  • Dissertations and Theses on Cyber Security.


Springer Open

  • Portfolios on Computer Science.


The National Academies Press (NAP)

  • Textbooks on Computers and Information Technology.


Engineering

Resources

Description


AllDatasheet

  • Electronic Component Datasheets.


CML Microcircuits Product Information

  • Electronic Component Datasheets of CML Products.


Datasheets.com

  • Electronic Component Datasheets.


EEM.com

  • Electronic Component Datasheets.


element14

  • Electronic Component Datasheets.


ON Semiconductor

  • Electronic Component Datasheets, and Application Notes.


Hardware Book

  • Collection of Connector Pinouts and Cable Descriptions.


Maxim integrated

  • Application Notes, Datasheets, and User Manuals of Maxim Products.


ST Microelectronics Technical Literature

  • Application Notes, Datasheets, and User Manuals of ST Products.


General (Covers various aspects)

Resources

Description


arXiv.org

  • Articles on Computer Science, Quantitative Biology / Finance and Statistics.

 

Book Boon

  • Textbooks on Business, Engineering, and IT.

 

Book SG, National Library Board of Singapore (NLB)

  • Collection of Singapore and Southeast Asia's Print Heritage Maintained by NLB.


Channel News Asia Online

  • News Source on Asia-Pacific, with Special Reports from Foreign Correspondents. 


CNN Asia

  • News Source on Asia-Pacific’s Top Stories, Business, and Politics.


Cogprints

  • Articles on Psychology, Linguistics, and Computer Science.


Data.gov.sg

  • Datasets from 50 Singapore Government Ministries and Agencies.


Digital Media Repository by Ball State University

  • Primary Source Materials; Photographs, Video / Film Footage, and Publications.


DOAJ (Open Access)

  • Directory of Indexes, and Peer-reviewed Journals.


Early Childhood Research & Practice (ECRP)

  • Peer-reviewed Bilingual Journals on Early Care and Education.


Education Resources Information Centre (ERIC)

  • Articles and Citations on Education.

 

Free ebooks

Student may join for free and get 5 ebooks to download monthly

  • Books on Business, Engineering, and Computer Science.

 

Google Book

  • Books and Magazines, Scanned by Google.


Google Scholar

  • Indexes on Scholarly Literature across Publishing Formats and Disciplines.


Highwire Press (Open Access)

  • Citations from Peer-reviewed Journals and Scholarly Content.


Ingenta Connect

  • Citations from Scholarly Journals.


MagPortal

  • Articles on Business, Sciences, Engineering, and Technology.


National Archives of Singapore (NAS)

  • Text and Image Retrieval System by NAS.


OER Commons

  • Public Digital Library of Open Educational Resources.


Open Culture

  • Collection of Cultural and Educational Media.


OpenStax

  • Openly Licensed Free College Textbooks.


Open Textbook Library

  • Openly Licensed Free College Textbooks.


Patentscope (WIPO)

  • International Patent Documents


Project Gutenberg

  • EPUB and Kindle eBooks on Literature and Old Works.


Smartcopying - Open Education Resources (OER) and Creative Commons

  • OER Materials, Interactive Simulations, and Complete Courses.


Textbook Revolution

  • Textbook Reviews and Educational Resources.


The Internet Archive


Student can sign up for free if they want to borrow e-books

  • Archive of Books, Video / Audio, and Webpages.


The New Paper Online

  • News Source on Singapore’s Top Stories, Sports, Entertainment, and Lifestyle.


Today Online

  • News Source on Singapore and International Reports, Commentary and Analysis.

 

WikiBooks

  • Textbooks with Editable Annotated Texts.


Life Sciences

Resources

Description


American Society For Microbiology

  • Peer-reviewed Journals on Environment, Biotech, and Life Sciences.


BioMed Central

  • Peer-reviewed Journals on Life Sciences, Medicine, and Psychology.


Entrez

  • Books and Documents on Life Sciences and Healthcare.


Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man - OMIM

  • Information on Mendelian Disorders, Human Genes, and Genetic Phenotypes.


Images, Audio, Visuals And Helpful Articles

Resources

Description


Audacity

(music editing software)

  • Software for Recording and Editing Audio.


Creativity103.com

  • CC-Licensed Background Images.


Creative Commons

  • Free Licences and Tools of Media Resources for Legal Use.


Freeplay Music

  • Free and Royalty-free Music Clips for Background Music.


Openphoto.net

 

  • Digital Photographs of Nature, Architecture, and Technology.


OpenClipArt.org


Pexels

  • Stock Images under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) License.


Photographic Libraries

  • Stock Images from the Leading Stock Photo Libraries.


Pics4learning

  • Image Library for Projects in an Educational Setting.


Pixabay

  • Photos, Vectors and Art Illustrations in the Public Domain.


Teacher Tube

  • Share Educational Resources; Images, Video / Audio, and Documents.

 

Teacher's Guide To Cyber Security

  • Article on Cyber Security Measures for Teachers in the Digital Age.


Wikipedia Public Domain Images

  • List of Public Domain Image Sources on the Web.


YouTube Audio Library

  • Royalty Free Music, Ad-supported Music, and Free Sound Effects.

 

Attribution Guide

Copyright Guidelines


What is copyright?

 

Copyright arises immediately upon creation. When an original work is expressed in the form of literature, music, computer programs, photos and paintings among others (“work” or “works”), copyright protection is provided. The Copyright symbol, “©”, is a notice by the owner that copyright exists. The absence of the symbol does not mean that the copyright owner has waived his rights.

 

Generally, the original author of the work (person who created the work) owns the copyright to the work. Under the Singapore Copyright Act (Cap. 63, 2006 Rev Ed) (the “Act”), a copyright owner has the exclusive right to do, or authorise others to do certain acts in relation to a work. A copyright owner has the right to publish, reproduce, communicate it to the public, perform it in pubic, or make an adaptation the work (collectively, “Exclusive Rights”). These different Exclusive Rights form the bundle of rights that we call copyright and they allow the owner to control the commercial exploitation of the work.

 

What is copyright infringement?

 

Copyright infringement occurs when a copyright owner’s Exclusive Rights are violated. A person will be held to infringe the copyright of the owner when he/she copies, distributes or communicates all or a substantial amount of the copyrighted work. This can be avoided by acquiring the consent or a license from the copyright owner to use the copyrighted work.

 

Simple examples of copyright infringement: 

  • Using copyrighted images taken off the internet for a poster to promote a school event without permission.
  • Making unauthorised copies of various textbooks and assembling them as “course packs”.
  • Uploading an entire e-book that was bought for personal use online to share it with students.

 

The Act allows a person to copy a “reasonable portion” of the work (not substantial) and this generally means 10% or 1 chapter when it comes to hardcopy books and 10% of the bytes or 10% of the number of words or 10% of the contents if in soft copy (electronic format). To avoid copyright infringement, everyone should keep to the limits allowed for copying or Fair Dealing guidelines under the Act.

 

Infringement of someone else’s copyright can be the subject of criminal proceedings. This might occur if the infringement was willful, significant and if the infringement was committed to obtain a commercial advantage.

 

Fair Dealing

 

In an educational setting, fair dealing allows copyrighted material to be copied under specific cases under the Act, and whether it is considered fair dealing will depend on the following factors:

  • Purpose and character of the dealing, including whether such dealing is of a commercial nature or is for non-profit educational purposes;
  • Nature of the work or adaptation;
  • Amount copied, relative to the whole work;
  • Effect of the dealing upon the potential market for the work, and effect upon its value; and
  • The possibility of obtaining the work or adaptation within a reasonable time at an ordinary commercial price.

 

Fair dealing can be used for: 

  • The purpose of research and study;
  • The purpose of criticism or review;
  • The reporting of current events; or
  • The purpose of judicial proceedings or professional advice.

 

Usage of open resources or any type of material from the internet

 

It is not wise to assume that all material available on the internet is free from copyright. Usage of any material found on the web still falls under the fair dealing guidelines under the Act. Please check the Terms and Conditions on the website first from where you are taking the material from, and act accordingly before reusing or copying the content.

 

License Agreement

 

All usage of resources (electronic and hardcopy) under PSB Academy is governed by a license agreement negotiated between Copyright Licensing and Administration Society of Singapore (“CLASS”), PSB Academy and various publishers and vendors. These agreements allow staff and students to access resources for non-commercial, educational and research purposes only. These agreements are legal binding contracts. It also protects all intellectual property owned by PSB Academy.

 

FAQs on Copyright

 

How much can I copy?

 

Print material:

 

With reference to fair dealing guidelines and the license agreement by CLASS, you can copy up to 10% of a work or one chapter (whichever is the greater) of anything in print. You can also copy one whole article (e.g. from a journal, newspaper or magazine) or more than one article if it relates to the same subject matter. Copying anything more than the allowed limits require you to seek permission from the copyright owner or CLASS.

 

Audio and video from CD/DVD:

 

You can use only up to 10% of a sound recording or video footage.

 

Internet content:

 

All content found online in any form may be shared or copied (within fair dealing guidelines) if they fall within these conditions:

  • The content is not found illegally and must be legitimately posted;
  • The Terms and Conditions of the site clearly allow for such use;
  • The source must be cited by attributing it to the author or creator as well as the URL; and
  • There is no restricted access or protected by password.

It is important to note that one must never assume that anything free is legal when it comes to internet content.

 

I am not copying for profit. Will I still be infringing copyright?

 

Even if you are copying strictly for personal use, you will still be infringing copyright if you exceed the limits of fair dealing.

 

Is scanning considered copying?

 

As long the work is reproduced regardless of the format, it is considered as copying. Scanning a book or digitising it or taking photos of chapters and saving it to a computer is still copying. Bear in mind that reproducing it into another format does not protect you from infringement.

Code of Conduct


Our premises are quiet spaces.

Speak softly at all times.

Put electronic devices on silent mode.

 

Please treat everyone with courtesy and respect.

Take care of our library materials. They are for everyone.

Do not access unlawful websites on our premises.

We will take action against any harassment of our staff or other users.

 

Take care of your own belongings.

We may remove unattended items.