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CH 103: General Chemistry I


A database is used for discovering scholarly journal articles in your subject area. Here are some things you will want to keep in mind when searching.

  • Search using keywords.
  • Think about how others may identify your topic and use synonyms to retrieve additional articles.
  • Use appropriate boolean search operators to connect your keywords (AND, OR, NOT).
  • Use limiters within the database for such things as narrowing your topic to a specific date range or type of publication. Remember you need to us scholarly peer-reviewed articles (see video).
  • Read the abstracts. Don't judge an article by it's title. Read the abstract before deciding if you want to save the article to potentially use in your research.

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