BZE SIP Library Session


  • find background information on your topic using Google
  • find keywords, synonyms, & alternative terms
  • use 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
    • singapore AND (workplace OR office) AND (productivity OR efficiency)
    • singapore AND  (mrt OR “mass rapid transit” OR trains)     
    • singapore AND services AND (healthcare OR “health care” OR polyclinic)                       







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  >>> <<< and follow the instructions on the 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 >>> <<<  and just follow the instructions on the page.

If you need more help, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the TP Library at

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)