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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 collection, EBSCO E-book Collection)
  • Search journal indexes and databases for articles (Academic Search Complete, Gale databases)

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.

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Journal Collections

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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