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Research guide for chemistry

Chemistry 275 Intro to Research


Susan Clarke - Chemistry Liaison Librarian

email:  phone: 936-468-1459  Office 202G Library second floor

Library research tips and tricks, including how to use the library homepage, catalog, and Chemistry specific resource page.  There are a variety of ways to access all the information you will need to complete research assignments.

The library web pages have a “Quick Links” guide at the bottom of most pages.  This will connect you to some of the most commonly used services including InterLibary Loan (when the SFA library doesn’t have the material you need we can try to get it from other libraries). It is a quick form;  you use your MySFA username and password to set up an account.  Many articles will be emailed to you in a day or two.

The search bar at the top of the library pages will let you type in your topic, which will connect you to a wide variety of books, articles, and other resources that are available. 

SteenFind Catalog and Database Search

Books and More options are on the left, and Articles and More are in the right column.  You can narrow down to either specific search by clicking on the heading.  There are also limiters while in the catalog to broaden or narrow your search inquiry, or find full text material, or peer reviewed, a certain date range, or many more options to make your search more successful.

A specific research guide for Chemistry is available to gather the access points to most of the resources you will need on one page.  You can search the catalog by using the search box at the top of the page.  There are links to the primary databases used for Chemistry, and contact information for further help is available. 

Chemistry Research Guide - First Stop

These are just three examples of databases available on the Chemistry Research Guide Page.  Most have online tutorials or help sections if you are stuck, or you can call your librarian.

Google Patent, Google Scholar searches                American Chemical Society Web Descriptions

Create your SciFinder account before the next class on October 20th and check out the tutorial video.  We will go over SciFinder more then and work on your assignment.

SciFinder Intro               SciFinder Create an Account example