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FIND AN ARTICLE: SEARCH THE LIBRARY’S DATABASES

These databases are either tailored to your subject or they provide coverage over a wide range of interdisciplinary topics. Before you start, you might take a look at some tips on searching databases.

  • Academic Search Premier: An interdisciplinary database that provides full text for nearly 4,600 journals, including more than 3,900 peer-reviewed titles
  • Issues and Controversies: Covers current social topics that inspire debate, such as issues in applied sciences, and offers information on both sides of the argument
  • Points of View: Offers overviews on a variety of current events and sets of opposing viewpoints on controversial subjects, such as global warming
  • CINAHL: Offers full text articles from more than 610 journals to create a definitive research tool for nursing and allied health professions

FIND A BOOK: ONLINE OR IN THE LIBRARY

 

If you can't go the library's stacks, check out our collection of online reference books:

  • Credo Reference Online: Access to more than 600 reference books, including general and specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries for overviews on topics
  • World Geography and Culture Online: Provides maps, images, and the ability to compare demographic information from different countries

If you can visit the library, it's easy to browse our collection because we organize books by their subject:

Organizing Books By Subject
SUBJECT CALL NUMBER HEADING
Chemistry QD
Pharmacology RM
Pharmacy and materia media (including drugs) RS

You also might try these reference books:

  • Van Nostrand’s Scientific Encyclopedia: A set of two volumes providing information on scientific terms and concepts Ref Q 121 .V3 2002
  • Science Dictionary: Offers concise definitions of terms used in a wide range of sciences Ref Q 123 .A5178 2005
  • McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology: A 20-volume set that offers more than 7,000 entries on scientific and technological developments and concepts Ref Q 121 .M3 2007
  • Condensed Chemical Dictionary: Offers concise definitions of common term and concepts used in chemistry Ref QD 5 .C5 2002
  • Handbook of Chemistry and Physics: A guide to the major concepts and topics in chemistry Ref QD 65 .C73 2004/5
  • Oxford Dictionary of Chemistry: Provides information about key terms and concepts in chemistry Ref QD 5 .D4985 2004
  • Consumer Drug Reference: Offers information about the use and chemical make-up of over-the-counter and prescription drug medicines Ref RS 51 .U65 2005
  • Johns Hopkins Guide to Consumer Drugs: Provides data about prescription drugs, including chemical information Ref RM 301 .12 .J636 2002

FIND A WEBSITE: USE INTERNET RESOURCES WISELY

Although these websites are likely to be accurate, you should still evaluate information found on the Internet.

  • Chemicool: An online periodic table that offers detailed information about each element and includes a chemistry dictionary
  • Acid and Bases Tutorial: Provides information on pH, acids, and bases in 20 sections, including quizzes and a glossary
  • General Chemistry Online: Provides information on chemistry for students, including companion notes, exam guides, simulations, and a glossary
  • General Chemistry Help: Includes topic reviews, a glossary, information on how to use lab equipment, and a section for beginners
  • Chemical Information SIS: Contains government information about chemicals, including regulatory lists
  • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry: Provides government data on common chemical toxins and hazardous substances
  • Chemistry 101: Offers links to guides about key concepts in chemistry, including examples of worked chemistry problems

FIND A PRINT JOURNAL: READ THE LATEST ISSUES

The library subscribes to magazines and journals that are related to your field. Head to Tioga 2 and browse through some of these journals:

  • Science 
  • Scientific American
  • Science News
  • New Scientist
  • Nature

CITATION GUIDES: CREATE A BIBLIOGRAPHY

Whether you use websites, electronic journals, reference books, or print resources, you will need a bibliography. Here’s some information on how to cite your sources:

  • Avoid inadvertent plagiarism: [PDF] It’s possible to copy from a source and not even know that you’ve done anything wrong.
  • KnightCite: This great site formats the bibliographic entry for you, and you can select the appropriate style (MLA, APA, Chicago).
  • Guide to MLA style: [PDF] The MLA-style is generally used for papers written in the humanities.
  • Guide to the APA style: [PDF] The APA-style is generally used for papers written in the social sciences, especially psychology.

FIND MORE HELP: USE COLLEGE RESOURCES

Don’t hesitate to talk to a librarian, a tutor, or your instructor when conducting research. Make the most of these resources!


Published Jul 16, 2009 (Updated Feb 3, 2014)


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