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Using The Web For Research

What is it? Why do I care? What does it really say?

You answer these three questions every time you use a source, whether you know it or not.

  • Whether it is a website or a scholarly journal article...
  • Whether it is for a 1st-year course or real life...

Start noticing how you answer these questions to ensure your sources are really meeting your needs.

The Three Questions:

  • What is it: What is the source type and author credibility?
    • Quick Wikipedia checks are okay! You can also compare what other source say about that source.
  • Why do I care: Does the source type and author credibility meet your needs?
    • Decide this at the beginning so you know whether to read the material or find something better.
  • What does it really say: Perceive how the word choices influence the knowledge.
    • The author's word choices, included and excluded information, and the aim of the publication all make a difference in how or why you would use a source.

Websites

The following web sites are helpful in locating information about chemical compounds, molecules and elements.

More Websites

American Chemical Society Publications. Search of the publications of the ACS; limited full-text but a wealth of citations.

Energy Citations Database. Access to citations and full-text articles from 1943-present in an array of science fields.

NASA. National Aeronautucs and Space Administration.

PubChem: provides information on the biological activities of small molecules. It is a component of NIH's Molecular Libraries Roadmap Initiative. PubChem is organized as three linked databases within the NCBI's Entrez information retrieval system. These are PubChem Substance, PubChem Compound, and PubChem BioAssay. PubChem also provides a fast chemical structure similarity search tool.  

Science.gov. Gateway to a large selection of websites, narrowed by topic.

Science Research:  A free, publicly available deep web search engine that uses advanced "federated search technology" to return high quality results by submitting your search query - in real-time - to other well respected search engines then collating, ranking and dropping duplicates of the results.

Science Watch. Allows you to follow current trends and research in chemistry.

World Wide Science. Gateway to national and international scientific databases.

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