Sunday, September 19, 2010

Online Resources from Singapore NLB

Received a circular on the databases that NLB recently rolled out nationwide. What I like was, it's so generous that it doesn't even require any login at all!

The resources are very rich (as I mentioned to my colleagues)... and we could get something for almost all the subjects.

What I marvel was the archives of newspapers articles, dated back to the 1800s! Wow! Way before Singapore's independence.

In fact, I think, the newspapers archive would definitely set a very authentic stage/ context for our students as they go through what happened in THOSE SIGNIFICANT dates!
  • For instance, I pull out 2 articles on the day just after Singapore declared independent! The emotions, the reactions from the different parties. Hey, our learners could really immerse in the emotions! And at the same time, 'hear' the different perspectives.
  • Also, with the exact date of significant events happening in Singapore, we could read and have a good picture of the day! An example could be the riots that happen in Singapore!

The generous sharing of the images/ pictures are definitely going to benefit the Humanities learning - not just history, but also geography - the changes in the landscapes, etc.

For English

  • Think about the recent topic on "Advertisement"! Let's compare what was the 'style' of advertisement as compared to what we have nowadays!
  • Of course, also the use of Headlines... to reflect emotions in writing, etc.

It's so hard to find good information about Singapore on the Internet!

National Online Repository of the Arts (NORA)
Digitalised works in the literary, performing and visual arts by prominent Singapore artists
A fully searchable online archive of Singapore news which offers users access to a host of newspaper titles, dating back to 1831
Singapore Digitised Books
NLB's rare collection and British Library's Oriental & India Office Collection

Singapore Infopedia
An online encyclopedia of Singapore places, people and customs

Singapore National Album of Pictures (SNAP)
A Singapore image bank which is open to Flickr, allowing users to post their own images

Web Archive Singapore (WAS)
Reflects Sinagpore life on the web, capturing websites of historical value

No login is required for the above.
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