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CHM580 - Advanced College Chemistry: Articles

Finding Articles in Science

Researching in the Sciences can be a bit different than research you've done in other classes. Most scientific research you use should be recent (within 5 years).  Here are a few tips to help you find worthwhile things:

    • Use the Internet-- You may be able to find recent research and new discoveries on the World Wide Web. Instead of just using Google, use the specialized search engines listed on the Websites Tab. Read web pages carefully for original research.  

    • Always read carefully -- As you read reports, blogs, articles, etc... Look for words that will point you in the right direction for other research (i.e. "An article in Science states..." -- Go and find that article!

    • Bibliographic Mining -- Look at the bibliographies of the materials you already have.  This is a great place to find additional resources that will be helpful to your paper.  Looking at the citation information of the bibliography, you can usually determine from where that source originates.

  • Use the Full Text Finder -- The Full Text Finder will search for journal and magazine titles available through the OWHL's databases and Print collection.  It can tell you if the particular year and/or volume of a journal is available.

Search FAQ

Why can't I find anything in the databases?
 
The Science Databases (especially ScienceDirect) contain millions of articles! You should be searching carefully using the advanced search to limit your searches to specific subject areas and full text availability. Instead of just using keywords, you may need to be very specific in your searches.

What is Full-Text?
Full text means that you will be able to read/view the entire text of the article - not just an index entry or abstract.

What is the Full Text Finder?
The Full Text Finder will search the OWHL collections (online and print) for the titles of specific journals. To use, enter the title of the journal you want to find. Look at each database entry listed to check that the article you want fall within the time limits of the database. Some of the OWHL's databases contain subscription delays, i.e., the most current articles may be delayed by 3, 6, or 9 months, or year/s from date of publication.
 

Finding Research Journal Articles

When book information is too broad and general, articles in electronic databases can provide more narrow, subject-specific information.

The following are excellent first-stop databases for nearly any research topic.

Getting Started

To see a chart of all the databases the OWHL subscribes to, visit the E-Resources A-Z page. Once there, make sure to choose "Natural Sciences" as a Subject filter to only see those databases relevant to the sciences. 

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