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Chemistry Research Starter

Chemistry Research Starter

Some ways to start research are:

  • Consult reference books and databases (encyclopedias, Credo Reference)
  • Find print and e-books (library catalog, EBSCO E-book Collection)
  • Search journal indexes and databases for articles (Gale databases from TEL)

These tasks can be done in any order, but reference books are a good starting place to find an overview of a topic or to look up basic facts quickly. Books and journal articles will contain more in-depth information.  There may be more commentary in journals or magazines than in books if the topic is very recent.

Frequently-used Resources

Reference databases and books


Journal Collections

Print books will be listed in the library catalog.

Print books on chemistry are likely to have shelving numbers starting with the following letters:

  • Q - Science (General)
  • QD - Chemistry
    • QD1-65 - General
    • QD146-197 - Inorganic Chemistry
    • QD241-441 - Organic Chemistry
      • QD415-436 - Biochemistry

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