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Chemistry/Biochemistry: A Research Guide

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Internet Sites
Citing sources
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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 background information
General Subject Specific Encyclopedias listed below have summary articles and bibliographies to get you started.

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

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

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

Nobel Prize winners and their work

Physical Constants, Properties, etc.
National Institute of Standards and Technology.
    Select databases by discipline for Standard Reference Data.

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.)

Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
  Ref 574.19203 Ox98 2000.

Genetics. 2003. Ref 576.03 G328   4 volumes.
     Provides extensive bibliography and web sites of interest.

Encyclopedia of Genetics. Revised edition. 2004. Ref 576.503 En56 2004  2 volumes.
Defines key terms. Provides extensive bibliography and web sites of interest.

Encyclopedia of Forensic Science. 2004. Ref 363.25 B435e

Encyclopedia of Forensic Science: a compendium of detective fact and fiction. 2002. Ref 363.2503 C752e

Facts on File Dictionary of Forensic Science. 2004. Ref 363.2503 B435f

Forensic Science: an encyclopedia of history, methods and techniques. 2006. Ref 363.2503 T581f

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

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry. 2005 MUSSER Ref 546.03 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.

Annual Reviews and other series discuss the latest developments in a particular field. Click on the link below to search for articles on your topic or browse the volumes held in the library.
Annual Review of Biochemistry. full text 1997 to 2005. Musser Library has v.29, 1960 to the present in paper format.
Annual Review of Physical Chemistry. 1997 to 2005.
Library has: v.7-13 1956-1962 paper, v.16-54, 1965-2003 in paper format.
Advances in Organometallic Chemistry
Library has: v.1, 1964-v.56, 2009. 547 Ad2442
Advances in Physical Organic Chemistry  Library has: v.1, 1963-v.44, 2009.  547.1 Ad244
Structure and Bonding Library has: v.1, 1966-v.134, 2010.  541.22 St927
Annual Reports of NMR Spectroscopy. Library has: v.1, 1968-v.68, 2009. 538.3 An615

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.

Tips for effective searching
Be persistent in your searching.
Try synonyms.
Try both singular and plural forms of words.
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.
If searching a term with an internal dash, search the term in each database with and without the internal dash (e.g. x-ray vs. x ray) to see which retrieves the most useful results.
Narrow a search by using subject headings. Locate subject headings by looking at the descriptors associated with articles and books.

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.

Chemistry/Chemical Physics/Forensics/Biochemistry
Academic Search Premier
     Continue your search in this multi-disciplinary database that indexes more than 8000 journals. Full text for more than 3600 scholarly journals. Indexing goes back to 1975 for some journals.

SciFinder Scholar (1907+)
    SciFinder Scholar is 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 etown email address must be used. Contact Sylvia Morra for the registration URL.
    How to information available here.

Criminal Justice Collection
    Indexes more than 4 million articles, many in full text, from all aspects of the criminal justice field including forensics.

ACS (American Chemical Society)
    Contains full-text of articles appearing in publications of the American Chemical Society. Publications included in the ACS Legacy Archives are listed here. Full text that doesn't display in ACS can be ordered on Interlibrary Loan.

    Search the publisher Elsevier's database of Science Direct articles as well as more scholarly web sites. 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 .

National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts Database
    Free online database indexes several key journals in forensic science, some of which are full text.

Biochemistry/Biomedical Topics

    Premier medical database covering all areas of medicine including nursing. Indexing goes back to 1969. This interface allows for easy requesting of articles from other libraries.

    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 of indexing from the Medline / PubMed database.

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.

CINAHL with Full Text (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health)(varies)
    Use this database to search for articles on nursing and allied health topics.

Mednar--Deep web medical search engine.

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, a 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.

Hershey Medical Center Journals List
Click on appropriate letter of the alphabet under new improved journal list. Type in the name of the journal after "Find:". Travel to the Hershey Medical Center to make a copy of the article.

Internet Sites
To find highly rated academic web sites on specific subjects:
IPL2--created from a merger of Internet Public Library and Librarians Internet Index.
WWW Virtual Library
University of Wisconsin Scout Report

The following is a short list of some chemistry-related web sites:
ChemSpider--database of chemical structures and property predictions.
ChemSpider Mobile

NewScientist.com: special reports on key topics in science and technology--excellent resource for scientific topics of current interest.

http://www.science.gov--Use this search interface to simultaneously search 38 different government databases.

www.scienceaccelerator.gov--is a gateway to science, including R&D results, project descriptions, accomplishments, and more, via resources made available by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), U.S. Department of Energy.

World Wide Science--A global science gateway to national and international scientific databases and portals.

National Criminal Justice Forensic Resources


Science Podcast   
    Built around the latest research published in the journal Science, these sophisticated podcasts are interviews with authors of recent papers. The interviewer elicits the story behind the research. These are useful professional development tools for science teachers who want to keep up with what's "cool" in the world of science.

Science Update Podcast  
    Produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, this series of one minute since and technology podcasts offers a wide variety of contemporary topics ranging from the physics of sound to the environmental issues.

Science Talk with Scientific American

    Shows run between two and ten minutes and are supplement NOVA programming and promote upcoming shows.

Science Friday  
    Shows run between ten and thirty minutes. Program topics are chosen from recent news cycles regarding science and from recent research developments.

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 Am512p6 On Reserve at the Circulation Desk. 

Library Instruction Class Guides
          Chemistry 214            Chemistry 353                   Chemistry 361/461

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