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Chem 353
A Library Research Guide

Find articles and essays
How do I find a copy of the article?
Tips for effective searching
Chemistry related web sites
Find books
Find background information
Citing sources

These are only some of the sources that may be useful to you.  Please contact me for help with any of your research, Sylvia Morra, x1452 or email AskUs.

Find articles and essays
Get beyond Google by using some of the databases below, which contain both popular and scholarly articles. Although they deliver their content through the web, these databases are paid for through library subscriptions. Information found here would not generally be found for free on the web; articles have been written by subject experts or professional journalists and reviewed by peers and editors.

Academic Search Premier(1975+)
     Search in this multi-disciplinary database that indexes a large number of chemistry journals. Search the journal name "Annual Review of Physical Chemistry" to find the full text of that journal from 1996 to 2005. Drop in additional topical keywords to further narrow your results. Annual reviews provide excellent summaries on emerging topics--just browsing the current year is an excellent way to stay current in the field.

ACS (American Chemical Society)
    Contains full-text of articles appearing in publications of the American Chemical Society. Library subscribes to the following ACS journals electronically: Accounts of Chemical Research, ACS Chemical Biology, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Reviews, Inorganic Chemistry,  Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Journal of Organic Chemistry, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Organic Letters, and Organometallics. Publications included in the ACS Legacy Archives are listed here. Full text that doesn't display in ACS can be ordered on Interlibrary Loan.

SciFinder Scholar (1907+)
    SciFinder Scholar is a research tool used to access Chemical Abstracts Service.
    Sources include journals, patents, conference proceedings, dissertations, technical reports, books, etc.
Includes chemical substances, including organic and inorganic compounds, sequences, coordination compounds, polymers and alloys. Reaction information for single- and multiple-step reactions. Chemical source information, including supplier addresses and pricing info.
First time registration must occur on campus and an etown email address must be used. Contact Sylvia Morra for the registration URL.
    How to information available here.

    Search the publisher Elsevier's database of Science Direct articles, Medline as well as more scholarly web sites. Includes full text from Crystallography Journals Online, BioMed Central, Cogprints, NASA technical reports, etc.
Search for full text articles from that database using the following link: Locate E-town Journals or from the library's web page. Order items on ILLiad (Interlibrary Loan), if the library doesn't own that specific magazine.

    Another database of publisher's journal articles that focus on the sciences. Search for full text articles from that database using the following link: Locate E-town Journals or from the library's web page. Order items on ILLiad (Interlibrary Loan), if the library doesn't own that specific magazine .

Biochemistry/Biomedical Topics
CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health)(access limited to 4 simultaneous users)
    Use this index to search about specific medical conditions, treatments, etc.

HealthSource: Nursing Academic Edition
    This database provides nearly 600 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. It also includes abstracts and indexing for nearly 850 journals.

    Premier medical database covering all areas of medicine including nursing. Indexing goes back to the 1960's. This interface allows for easy requesting of articles from other libraries. Another interface to the same data is through PubMed.

    PubMed Central is the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. This collection is a full text subset from Medline. 

Annual Reviews and other series discuss the latest developments in a particular field. Click on the link below to search for full text articles on your topic or browse the volumes held in the library.
Annual Review of Biophysics and Biomolecular Structure full text 1997-2005.
Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science. full text 1996-2005.
Annual Review of Physical Chemistry. full text 1997-2005.
Library has: v.7-13 1956-1962 paper, v.16-54 1965-2003 in paper format on level one.
Advances in Physical Organic Chemistry  Library has: v.1, 1963-v.44, 2010.  (547.1 Ad244)

How do I find a copy of the article?
What is available here and now?
Search for full text articles in journals using the following link: Locate E-town Journals.
Type the name of the journal next to 'Find:' and then press 'Search'. Full text can be electronic or within the library in paper, microfiche or microfilm.
Check the publication dates of the article against the listing of years for the database or the years listed 'Within the High Library'. If the database includes those years, click on the link, add in an author's name or title of the article. The full text link should appear at the end of the citation.
    Current year paper issues of journals in the High Library are on the entrance level.
    Older print journals are on Level One, alphabetically by journal title.
    If the journal is in microfiche or microfilm, copies can be made in the library. Ask the reference librarian or circulation student assistants for help. Order copies online by using ILLiad.  Click on Request an Article and fill out the form. You will receive an email when the article is available on ILLiad for downloading.

What if it is not here?
Order items from another library, if The High Library doesn't own that specific journal or have it for the years that you need it. Requesting the article can be done through the databases or through the following software link: ILLiad (Interlibrary Loan). Allow a minimum of 4-5 working days for the article to arrive.

Tips for effective searching
Be persistent in your searching.

If searching a compound word, try it as one word and as two words (e.g. rain forest or rainforest) to see which retrieves the most useful results.

Try synonyms.

Narrow a search by using subject headings. Locate subject headings by looking at the descriptors associated with articles and books.

Locate an author who writes frequently on your topic. Do an author search in the various databases.

Note the authors in the bibliographies of pertinent articles on your topic. Again, do an author search in the various databases.

Chemistry Related Web Sites special reports on key topics in science and technology--excellent resource for scientific topics of current interest. this search interface to simultaneously search 38 different government databases.

Find books
The High Library catalog will help you find books, videos, CDs and other materials.
For books not available at the High Library use WorldCat.

Find background information
General Subject Specific Encyclopedias listed below have summary articles and bibliographies to get you started. Look at the bibliographies at the end of the summary articles to locate experts in your field of study.

Macmillan Encyclopedia of Chemistry. 1997. Ref 540.3221 M167  4 volumes.
    Start here with questions regarding chemical processes, etc.

Access Science is an excellent source for a basic understanding of scientific and technical issues. This is the expanded electronic version of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. (503 M147 2002  20 volumes).

Macmillan Encyclopedia of Physics. 1996. Ref 530.03 M167  4 volumes.

Standard Reference Data is a select databases by discipline from the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Merck Index: Encyclopedia of Chemicals, Drugs and Biologicals. 14th ed. 2006. Ref 615.1 M555 2006.
    Use this to locate chemical formulas, alternative names, physical properties and citations to articles on preparation, activity studies and pharmacology.

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. 2007-2008. Ref 541.9 H191. (Older editions in MUSSER.)

More specialized encyclopedias in Musser Library.
Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry.
2000. MUSSER Ref 543.003 En56 10 volumes.

Encyclopedia of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. 1996-2002.  MUSSER Ref 538.362 En56  9 volumes.

Dictionary of Organometallic Compounds. 2nd ed. 1995. MUSSER Ref 547.05 D554  5 volumes.

Citing sources

ACS Style Guide: Effective communication of scientific information. Ref 808.06654 Ac187 2006.

American Physics Society Style and Notation Guide

Format References/Works Cited
    Use APA guides and citation machines.

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. Ref 652.323 Am512p5 On Reserve at the Circulation Desk.

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