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CHEM100W Library Research Help

Help and Resources for Chemistry 100W students

Chemistry 100W Research Steps

Step 1: Create an Interlibrary Loan (ILL / ILLiad) account. It will allow you to get articles/references not available at SJSU. It is free and takes about 24-48 hours for you to receive an email of the PDF. More information on how to create an account or make a request available on  the ILL webpage.

Step 2: Register for a SciFinder-n account. SciFinder-n is the quintessential database for chemistry research. You can search for references, chemical structure, and chemical reactions in this database. 

Step 3: Understand the different types of journal articles. You're going to be writing a review article for your final assignment, but, um, what exactly is that and what types of journal articles should you include in the review article? Be sure to understand the different types of journal articles you will find in the databases such as SciFinder-n.

Step 4: Search SciFinder-n and other databases that I have recommended. Some are specific to chemistry and others are not. They each have similar and different search features; learn more about how to search them using the handy dandy cheat sheet I've created for you.

Step 5: Read and understand the articles you found. Scientific writing can be very confusing: words you don't understand or processes you are not familiar with. Here's a link with some information on reading a scientific research article.

Step 6: Write your citations in ACS Style.

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