Access, Analyse and Synthesise

Curated Reads by the National Library, Singapore

We live in an age of information abundance. Information literacy is necessary so that we can access, analyse and synthesise information effectively and responsibly at work and in life. To help you acquire this important skill, we have prepared the following resources as a starting point.



Craft of Research
Call no.: 001.42 BOO

We all have moments when we simply have no idea how to start preparing a research paper. Fret no more, as this book helps you along with useful and effective tips. 


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Chapter 9 is particularly important as it provides a guide on how to assemble reasons and evidence to support your argument. As the author explains below, supporting your argument with a clear and logical order of reasons and evidence is crucial to any research. Without such support, it is likely your research will be rejected by any reader.


Readers look first for the core of an argument, a claim and its support. They look particularly at its set of reasons to judge its plausibility and their order to judge its logic. If they think those reasons make consecutive sense, they will look for evidence they rest on, the bedrock of every argument. If they don't believe the evidence, they'll reject the reasons, and along with them the claim. So as you assemble the core of your argument, you must offer the reader a plausible set of reasons, in clear, logical order, based on evidence they will accept. (p. 130)

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Book cover image credit: All rights reserved, University of Chicago Press, 2008.




The Numbers Game: The Commonsense Guide to Understanding Numbers in the News, Politics, and in Life
Call no.: 510 BLA

If numbers boggle your mind, then this book is for you. Journalist Michael Blastland and economist Andrew Dilnot show us how to make sense of the numbers that permeate everyday life. Each chapter tackles a different theme, such as size, averages, chance, targets and risk, in a concise and highly engaging manner.

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Book cover image credit: All rights reserved, Gotham Books, 2009.


Google Search Tips

Using search engines, such as Google, has become the most popular method of finding information in today’s constantly connected world. However, you may face problems such as information overload and unreliable sites which could result in confusion and difficulties during the research process.

Use this infographic to discover tips for better search results.


Be S.U.R.E. Before You Share

An important step in research is to ascertain the authenticity and reliability of information. Find out in this video simple ways to cultivate this ability!