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?



 

10 December 2019

Revised LRC operating hours for the period of 23rd to 31st December 2019

 

Dear Members,

 

Based on the low usage statistics we’ve experienced every year during December due to few or no classes being conducted, please be informed that the operating hours of the Learning Resources Centre (LRC) at City and STEM Campus for the period 23 December to 31 December 2019 will be as follows:

 

Dates

City Campus & STEM Campus

23 Dec (Mon)

9am to 6pm

24 Dec (Tue) – Eve of Public Holiday

Closed

25 Dec (Wed) – Public Holiday

Closed

26 Dec (Thu)

9am to 6pm

27 Dec (Fri)

9am to 5.30pm

28 Dec (Sat)

Closed

30 Dec (Mon)

9am to 6pm

31 Dec (Tue) – Eve of Public Holiday

Closed

 

Operations will resume as per normal on Thursday, 2 January 2020.

 

The LRC will take this opportunity to maximise our resources to do inventory checking, collection reshuffling and weeding out obsolete materials to ensure we provide the most up to date materials and resources to our students, staff and academics.

 

Renewal of Books

For renewal of books, please send us an email at LearningRC@psb-academy.edu.sg

 

Returning of Books

Books can still be returned via Book Drop at both campuses located outside the Learning Resources Centre.

 

We will put up early notices on the LRC  glass doors at both campuses highlighting the change in operating hours for that period as well as uploading the same information on the LRC website.

 

Thank you for your understanding and we apologize for any inconvenience caused.

 


 

4 November 2019

Featured New Arrivals

 

 Business law. 4th edition.

Business law. 4th edition.

by James, Nickolas. 4th edition. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2017.

Call Number:

346.9407/Jam

Location:

City Campus LRC

Description:

Business law. 4th edition. provides a unique and interesting introduction to business law. Business students need to know more than what the law is; you need to know where to find it; how to read it, how to use it and how it impacts on all areas of business. Business Law will help you develop a greater awareness of the law and its broad application to business and commercial environments.

 

 Company law : an interactive approach

Company law : an interactive approach

By Wong, Alex. et al. 1st edition. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2017.

Call Number:

346.94066/Com

Location:

City Campus LRC

Description:

Company law : an interactive approach
offers an introduction to key concepts in company law. "Wiley's new Company Law resource is a landmark departure from the traditional print text model. Designed and delivered as an e-text, students using Company Law with benefit from the superior educational design, multimodal presentation of materials and interactive functionality that the digital format offers.

 

 Engineering design : a project-based introduction. 4th edition.

Engineering design : a project-based introduction. 4th edition.

by Dym, Clive L. et al. 4th edition. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2014.

Call Number:

620.0042/Dym

Location:

STEM Campus LRC

Description:

Engineering Design: A Project-Based Introduction, 4th Edition
gets students actively involved with conceptual design methods and project management tools. The book helps students acquire design skills as they experience the activity of design by doing design projects. It is equally suitable for use in project-based first-year courses, formal engineering design courses, and capstone project courses.

 

LRC eResources


LRC Print Catalogue

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

 

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

Taylor & Francis

City Campus LRC

School of Engineering and Technology

eBook Vendor

Campus Access

Pearson Bookshelf Online

Both campuses LRC


Learning For Life: Stories That Inspire by Joachim Sim

 

LRC eWorkshops

Virtual workshops are available for students through Moodle. Students who do not have a moodle account, you can email LearningRC@psb-academy.edu.sg for assistance.

 

LRC ePeriodicals

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

 

LRC eNewspapers

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

 

 

Free 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

  • Bloomberg Business provides business and markets news, data, analysis, and video to the world, featuring stories from Businessweek and Bloomberg News.


FinanceAsia

  • Asia's authoritative source for finance, investment banking, economic and capital markets news.


Free Management eBooks

  • Covers subjects from accounting principles to business strategy. Download as PDF.


International Financial Statistics

  • For data on exchange rates, international liquidity, international banking, interest rates, international transactions, and government accounts. Data is updated monthly.


Lyryx Open Textbooks

  • Lyryx offers high-quality open textbooks in the fields of accounting, mathematics, and economics. They also have optional added (paid) resources such as homeworks and quizzes to accompany the open textbooks.


Singapore Exchange (SGX)

  • The website of the Singapore Exchange provides access to Annual Reports, Financial Reports, Prospectus and IPOs of Singapore Companies.


SingStat Table Builder

  • The SingStat Table Builder contains statistical data series on the Singapore economy and population that users may select to build customised data tables. You can export these tables in different file formats or plot graphs and charts.


Statistics Singapore

  • Provides statistics on the Singapore economy and population that is prepared by the Singapore Department of Statistics.


World Bank Data

  • Open access to World Development Indicators, Global Development Finance, Africa Development Indicators, and Global Economic Monitor. Includes databases on education, gender, and business.


Computer Science

Resources

Description


BC Open Textbooks - Computer Science

  • Open textbooks on CIS topics such as database management and information systems.


Electronic Colloquium on Computational Complexity (ECCC)

  • An electronic archive of research papers in computational complexity theory, a branch of computer science. Papers submitted to ECCC are screened by a board of experts, who review the submissions to ensure that they are on-topic, novel, interesting, and written according to the standards of the field.


Journal Of Machine Learning Research

  • Provides an international forum for the electronic and paper publication of high-quality scholarly articles in all areas of machine learning. All published papers are freely available online and are reviewed rigorously before being accepted.


PeerJ Computer Science

  • An open access journal covering all subject areas in computer science, with the backing of a prestigious advisory board and more than 300 academic editors.


PQDT Open (Cyber Security dissertations and theses)

  • An open access collection of dissertations and theses on the topic of Cyber Security.


Springer Open

  • Spanning networks and communications to security and cryptology to big data, complexity, and analytics, SpringerOpen and BMC publish one of the leading open access portfolios in computer science.


The National Academies Press (NAP)

  • This is a great resource that provides textbooks on Computers and Information Technology.


Engineering

Resources

Description


AllDatasheet

  • Provides a search engine to find online electronic component datasheets by part name and description.


CML Microcircuits Product Information

  • Locate and obtain information on CML's semiconductor products. Full-text datasheets, technical specifications and product descriptions can also be freely downloaded.


Datasheets.com

  • Resource to identify and locate over 185 Million Electronic Parts. Keep track of hundreds of new electronic products released by the top electronic part manufacturers in the industry. You can reference detailed parametrical comparisons of electronic parts. Create a free personal registration id to access this resource.


EEM.com

  • A comprehensive, online resource of electronics components for engineers and purchasing professionals.


element14

  • Allows search by product name, part number and manufacturer's name.


ON Semiconductor

  • A search engine to access free datasheets and application notes. It also has a cross reference search engine search for alternative components.


Hardware Book

  • Internet's largest free collection of connector pinouts and cable descriptions.


Maxim integrated

  • Contains information on Maxim technical articles, manual guides, application notes and datasheets.


ST Microelectronics Technical Literature

  • Contains full-text and updated information such as Application Notes, Data Briefing, Datasheets, Packaging Information, Programming Manuals, Quality & Reliability, Cross Reference Guides, User Manuals.


General (Covers various aspects)

Resources

Description


arXiv.org

  • Full-text articles in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics.


Channel News Asia Online

  • Comprehensive news coverage of Asia-Pacific with special reports from Channel News Asia's foreign correspondents and regional news sources. Coverage: present day plus the past 7 days archive.


CNN Asia

  • Find the latest breaking news and information on Asian top stories, weather, business, entertainment, politics, and more.


Cogprints

  • Access to articles in Psychology, Neuroscience, Linguistics and many areas of Computer Science (artificial intelligence, robotics, vison, learning, speech, neural networks etc), Biology (ethology, behavioral ecology, sociobiology, behaviour genetics, evolutionary theory etc), Medicine (Psychiatry, Neurology, human genetics, Imaging etc), as well as any other portions of the physical, social and mathematical sciences that are pertinent to the study of cognition.


Data.gov.sg

  • Contains over 5000 datasets from 50 Singapore government ministries and agencies.


Digital Media Repository by Ball State University

  • Provides online access to a variety of primary source materials including photographs, oral history interviews, artwork, video and film footage, cartographic resources, architectural drawings, publications, and 3-dimensional objects.


DOAJ (Open Access)

  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
    DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.


Early Childhood Research & Practice (ECRP)

  • The first open-access, peer-reviewed, bilingual Internet journal in early care and education.


Education Resources Information Centre (ERIC)

  • Full-text articles and citations in the field of education.


Google Scholar

  • Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines. The Google Scholar index includes most peer-reviewed online academic journals and books, conference papers, theses and dissertations, preprints, abstracts, technical reports, and other scholarly literature, including court opinions and patents.


Highwire Press (Open Access)

  • Division of the Stanford University Libraries providing access to citations from peer-reviewed journals and scholarly content. Also provides full-text articles from select journals.


Ingenta Connect

  • Access to citations from scholarly journals.


MagPortal

  • Access to full-text articles in the fields of Business, Management, Health Science, Engineering, Science & Technology.


National Archives of Singapore

  • A text and image retrieval system on the web developed by the National Archives of Singapore (NAS).


OER Commons

  • OER Commons is a public digital library of open educational resources. Various courses, guides, books and lectures covering many various subjects for levels from primary to post-secondary are available for public access and viewing.


OpenStax

  • High-quality, peer-reviewed, openly licensed college textbooks that are free online.


Open Textbook Library

  • Textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organisation.


Patentscope (WIPO)

  • Searches patent documents worldwide covering countries such as Japan, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, US and others.


Project Gutenberg

  • Offers over 58,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired.


Smartcopying - Open Education Resources (OER) and Creative Commons

  • Provides access to OER materials, open textbooks, interactive simulations, complete courses and more.


The New Paper Online

  • Access to The New Paper Online. Coverage: present day plus the past 7 days archive.


Today Online

  • Singapore’s second most-read newspaper, TODAY offers quality content in a convenient, compact format.

WikiBooks

  • A wiki-based Wikimedia project hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation for the creation of free content e-book textbooks and annotated texts that anyone can edit.


Life Sciences

Resources

Description


American Society For Microbiology

  • Access to citations from peer-reviewed journals and scholarly content ranging from environmental, ecological sciences, biotech as well as life sciences. Also provides full-text articles from select journals.


BioMed Central

  • Access to open access, online, peer-reviewed journals in Life Sciences, Medicine, Psychology.


Entrez

  • A Life Science Search Engine that searches across various databases by NCBI such as PubMed Central, Nucleotides database, Taxonomy database, Gene database etc. The Bookshelf collection provides free access to books and documents on life science and healthcare.


Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man - OMIM

  • OMIM is a comprehensive, authoritative, and timely compendium of human genes and genetic phenotypes. The full-text, referenced overviews in OMIM contain information on all known mendelian disorders and over 12,000 genes. OMIM focuses on the relationship between phenotype and genotype. It is updated daily, and the entries contain copious links to other genetics resources.


Images, Audio and Visual

Resources

Description


Audacity

(music editing software)

  • A free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder. It is an open source software for recording and editing sounds.


Creativity103.com

  • This site provides access to some very interesting CC-licensed background images. 


Creative Commons

  • An international non-profit organisation that provides free licences and tools that copyright owners can use to allow others to share, reuse and remix their material, legally. Search here for free images, text, music, or audio-visual resources to use in your own work.


Freeplay Music

  • Search for thousands of free and royalty-free music clips to be used as background music. Subjected to copyright. Please refer to the Terms of Use


Openphoto.net

 

  • Digital photography consisting of pictures of animals, nature, landscape, architecture, still life, and technology.


OpenClipArt.org


Pexels

  • Over 10,000 free stock photos. All images available under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. Attribution is not required.


Photographic Libraries

  • Provides access to Stock Images from the leading stock photo libraries; Archive Collections, international collections of historic & social importance; Free Photos, clip art collections & Illustrations.


Pics4learning

  • A free image library for education. Teachers and students can use the copyright-friendly photos and images for classrooms, multimedia projects, web sites, videos, portfolios, or any other project in an educational setting.


Pixabay

  • Over 390,000 free photos, vectors and art illustrations in the public domain.


Teacher Tube

  • A video sharing website designed to allow those in the educational industry, particularly teachers, to share educational resources such as video, audio, documents, photos, groups and blogs.


Wikipedia Public Domain Images

  • List of public domain image sources on the web.


YouTube Audio Library

  • Covers free royalty free music, ad-supported music and free sound effects. Click here for information on the copyright use of these music.

 

Attribution Guide

General Information


Services

Membership

Students are given automatic membership for the duration of their course.

Item

Loan Limit

Duration

Books

3

14 days

Short-Term Loan

(3 Days)

1

3 days

Members need to report damaged books before borrowing. Returned items which are damaged will need to be paid by the borrower.
Members may only borrow one copy at a time of a book with the same title, author and edition.

 

Renewals

Members may renew twice per book, subject to non-reservation by other members. Renewal requests can only be done one week before the due date at the counter or via email to LearningRC@psb-academy.edu.sg
Quote your full name, book title/barcode number (e.g. B000XXXX) and your email. The renewal loan period will be 7 days.

Reservation

Members may reserve materials already on loan. Each member may reserve up to two materials at any one time, and may do so at the counter or via email.
Members will be notified once materials are ready for collection. The reserved items will be held for 5 working days before releasing for other members' usage. Members need to collect these at the counter.

 

Recall

If loan items are recalled, members should return them within 7 working days from the day of notification. Loan privileges may be suspended if recalled items are not returned in a timely manner.

 

Return

Members should return borrowed materials via the book drop or at the counter. Overdue items should be returned at the counter.

 

Overdue Fines

Members will need to pay fines in full before the next transaction. Loan privileges will be suspended till all fines are paid in full.

Item

Overdue Fines

Books

S$0.60 per day per item after the due date

(maximum fines of S$50.00 per item)

Short-Term Loan

(3 Days)

S$1.00 per day per item after the due date

(maximum fines of S$50.00 per item)

 

Payment of Lost Items

Members will need to pay for lost items. The fines chargeable will be from:

  • Due date to the date the item is reported lost; or
  • Due date to the date the item is returned (if it is subsequently found).

Item

Payment of Lost Items

Books

Fines + S$25.00 per item (book) + cost of book

 

Modes Of Payment

Payment of overdue fines can be made through cash at the counter, PayNow, and Interbank Transfer.

Modes of Payment (LRC) 

Rules And Regulations

  1. Members must produce their PSB Academy Student Card when using the Learning Resources Centre’s facilities and services, or when requested by the Learning Resources Centre Staff. 

  2. The PSB Academy Student Card is non-transferable. 

  3. Mutilation and theft of Learning Resources Centre materials are offences are punishable by law. Appropriate action will be taken against such offenders. Disciplinary action may also be taken to student, members and staff found committing such offence. 

  4. Consumption of Food and Drink, other than bottled mineral water is NOT ALLOWED in the Learning Resources Centre. 

  5. There shall be NO SMOKING in the Learning Resources Centre. Appropriate action will be taken against offenders. 

  6. No playing of games e.g. Cards, online games, board games, etc in the Learning Resources Centre. 

  7. Laptops provided within the LRC premises are for research and education purposes only. 

  8. Loud conversation or other disturbance is forbidden in the Learning Resources Centre. 

  9. Mobile phones should be switched to vibration mode whenever in the Learning Resources Centre. Members are to answer the phone outside the Learning Resources Centre. 

  10. Learning Resources Centre staff has the right to ask any person to leave the Learning Resources Centre if he/she does not comply with the PSB Academy Learning Resources Centre Rules and Regulations. 

  11. Learning Resources Centre staff has the right to ask members to show all books and personal belongings at the exit if deemed required. 

  12. The Learning Resources Centre will not be held responsible for any loss of personal belongings. Learning Resources Centre staff has the right to remove any item or personal belongings left in the Learning Resources Centre premises if deemed necessary. 

  13. All outstanding fines and overdue items must be paid or returned to the Learning Resources Centre by the stipulated date. 

  14. Overdue notice(s) sent by Learning Resources Centre only act as a reminder to members on the overdue items. 

  15. Members will still need to pay the Learning Resources Centre fines for non-receipt of overdue notice(s) sent. 

  16. The Academy reserves the right to amend or change the Learning Resources Centre Rules and Regulations and conditions of membership, without prior notice or explanation. 

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.