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Ideas and Exposition + Critiques and Expression: UTW1001A

How to use this guide

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Hello! This is the Library Guide for UTW1001A: Identities and Ideas in Modern Market-Driven Societies. We have curated relevant tools, some research basics, and some recommended resources for your course (below). Get in touch with the research librarian for this course, Diyana via if you need any help ^^ To let us know what you think of this guide please visit


Google Scholar + NUS Libraries

Blink twice if you use Google Scholar to do your research! The video below will show you how to link Google Scholar with NUS Libraries catalogue so that you can download (almost) ~all~ the resources you need for free.

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Getting ~free~ access to articles with paywall

They're asking you to pay for an article you found through Google? *gasps* How dare they! Let's get you that article without paying: 

Click on the bird ^ to view the video. To install the proxy bookmarklet just like in the video, visit this page here.


Using AI in your assignment

Have you used AI to help you with a paper before? We have! While it can be used for searching for resources, exercise caution and always corroborate and cite accordingly. Please read the guidelines on the Use of AI for Academic Work. Tip: with all the evaluating and corroborating needed to ensure accuracy and credibility of content while using AI tools, do weigh the pros and cons, and time and effort channelled into using them. Now let's take a look at Consensus: 

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Library Portal

One-stop search available here~~ We know you use Google and Google Scholar most of the time but the Library Portal would have more resources that you have access to. You wouldn't want to miss out on relevant articles for your assignments!

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Database 1: JSTOR

Topic too niche? We gotchu. Let's take a look at how we can use JSTOR to search for sources. JSTOR is a good database for humanities and social sciences topics. You can access JSTOR by clicking on the link below the video. 

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Database 2: Factiva

Now let's see how Factiva can be used to search for sources. Need to pay for articles from newspapers? Read them for free on Factiva! You can access Factiva by clicking on the link below the video. 

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Ideating + Brainstorming

Hmm what should you write on for your assignment? Too many ideas to choose from or no ideas at all? This might help you get on track. Psst there's also lil something on literature review.

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Citing maintains academic integrity and gives a nod to the thinkers who paved the way. It also allows readers to trace your information back to its origins, ensuring transparency and credibility. Let me show you two easy ways to cite:

Click on the bird ^ to view the video. Cite using zoterobib here:


You need to make sure your sources are reliable and trustworthy. Using unreliable sources can lead to misinformation and a shaky foundation for your work. Some frameworks for evaluating resources: 

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