ENG/BZE Library Briefing


  • keywords
  • phrase searches use “” to search words as a phrase and not as separate words
  • Booleans
    • AND – to narrow down or focus a search and include ALL words
    • OR – to broaden a search and include ANY word; use with synonyms
    • NOT – to exclude certain words
  • For example – “pokemon go” AND (death OR robbery) NOT accident)                                    






Scholarfy Your Google Search

Google is great as a starting point for your research but when it comes to projects and assignments, you will need more reliable information to get good marks.

Google Scholar is a good way to find this reliable information. In fact, Google Scholar can even link you directly to the library databases – just look for the Find it @ TP links in your search results.

And the Scholarfy bookmarklet makes reaching Google Scholar a breeze. This bookmarklet (or small app) is stored as a web browser bookmark that allows you to transform a plain Google search into a Google Scholar search with only one click – almost like magic!

Install the bookmark, conduct a Google search, then click on the Scholarfy bookmarklet on your Chrome bookmark bar (or from your IE Favorites) to instantly change your Google search into a Google Scholar search.

Smiley To set up the Scholarfy bookmarklet in the Chrome browser:

  1. Click on this link –> Scholarfy
  2. Drag and drop the Scholarfy link onto the Chrome bookmark bar
Click, Drag, Drop

Click, Drag, Drop

  • If you can’t see your bookmark bar:

Bookmark Bars

  • click on the 3 bar icon at the top right of your screen
  • select Bookmarks
  • click on Show Bookmarks Bar.

Smiley To set up the Scholarfy bookmarklet in Internet Explorer (IE):

  1. Click on this link –> Scholarfy
  2. Right click on the Scholarfy link (under Installation) & Add to Favorites
  3. Click on the ADD button.

    Add to Favorites

    Add to Favorites

Word Meaning & Alternative Words

What does this Word Mean?

Problem –> you are reading an article and come across a word you don’t understand.

Solution –> highlight the word and search for the meaning in just one click. Click on this link  >>>  Dictionary.com <<< and follow the instructions on the Dictionary.com page.

Give me Another Word.

Problem –> the keywords you are using in your search are not finding what you need.

Solution –> highlight your word and find another keyword with the same meaning in one click. Click on this link >>>  Thesaurus.com <<<  and just follow the instructions on the Thesaurus.com page.

If you need more help, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the TP Library at AskLib@tp.edu.sg

1. Evaluation Criteria

To help you decide if the information you find is good enough to use, we suggest you look at these six evaluation criteria:

1. Currency – is the information up-to-date?
2. Relevance – is it useful?
3. Adequacy – is there enough information?
4. Reliability – is it believable?
5. Accuracy – is it free from error?
6. Objectivity – is it factual?
Evaluating Information Infographic

Infographic Summary of these Criteria

(Criteria outline provided by Temasek Polytechnic Applied Science School)