A step-by-step approach for finding secondary and primary literature in all areas of Chemistry and related disciplines.
Questions? Please contact me.
… questions to ask about the information you find; how appropriate and valuable is the information? A worksheet to go along with the questions.
Primary literature looks like this, this, or this … (note the format–Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, References)
… what is the question(s) you are trying to answer? These secondary sources can help you —
*answer fact questions
*discover search terms, phrases, and names
*focus a research question
Remember, true research is rarely a straight path.
Good sources to help you understand and link to primary literature:
New York Times
The Washington Post
Science Bibliographies (Strategian)
Trends in …
Online procedural manual for the synthesis of organic compounds. Provides detailed descriptions of verified practical methods for the preparation of specific compounds, as well as illustrations of important synthetic methods with general utility.
National Institute of Standards and Technology; thermochemical, ion energetics, spectra, thermophysical, and other data.
… these sources can help you find evidence to answer your question or validate/invalidate an answer.
Use the “Advanced Search”; can also be used as a tool to focus a broad search (try out search terms, find a possibility, search that possibility in a disciplinary database, and then use the indexing to more precisely find additional papers).
Includes articles, book chapters, and images that have been used and cited by multiple college students and have been highly cited in the scientific literature. Links to full text are provided; some full text is directly available.
Before 1000 BCE to the present. Catalog of millions of books, web resources, and other materials held in libraries worldwide, maintained by OCLC.