Best Bets for Starting Your Research in Chemistry
Last Updated: May 28, 2014
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Use databases to find articles on your topic. These databases are the best place to start.
SciFinder contains information about substances, including chemical structures, chemical names, CAS Registry Numbers®, properties, commercial availability and regulatory information; reaction schemes, experimental procedures, conditions, yields, solvents, catalysts, as well as commercial availability of substances; and references to chemistry and related science information found in journals, patents, dissertations and more. Note: Requires individual login.
- Web of Science
Web of Science searches Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, Biosis Previews, and Arts and Humanities Citation Index.
Coverage: 1970 - Present. Updated: Weekly.
- Science Journals
Science Journals contains full text and citations in general science. Subjects include: Physics, Engineering, Astronomy, Biology, Earth Science, and Chemistry. Includes: charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, photos, and other graphical elements. Contains images. Coverage: 1986 - Present. Updated: Regularly.
- Environment Complete
Environment Complete contains scholarly and popular sources on several areas of Environmental Studies, including agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning.
Coverage: 1888 - Present. Updated: Regularly
- General Science Abstracts
Covers the natural and applied sciences, with citations and abstracts and some linked full text. Indexes academic and trade journals, books, and conference proceedings.
An up-to-date gateway to scientific knowledge, from basic introductory material to extended encyclopedia articles and journal citations in biology, earth and environmental sciences, chemistry, physics, and beyond. With dictionary definitions, study guides, images, and videos.
Tips & Tricks
- When searching databases, use AND, OR, and parentheses to focus your search.
- The asterisk * symbol will search for all variations of a word. For example: basket* will search for baskets and basketry. Using quotes will search for a phrase.
- Combine synonyms with OR and put them inside parentheses, like this:
"Latin America*" AND (democracy OR politics)
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Did you know?...
Databases are basically just search engines for articles on specific subjects.