When starting your research in chemistry and associated topics, you have to clarify your topic, narrow it down and decide what kinds of sources you will need. These may include print books and journals, eBooks and eJournals, databases and websites.
In the sciences you may also need studies, particularly empirical ones; and, in almost every discipline you will have to use scholarly or peer-reviewed journals. Some databases (such as EBSCOhost) allow you to narrow your search to these types of formats.
EBSCO and ProQuest databases and WorldCat provide citation help. When using these features, it is still a good idea to check the citations provided against the Style manual being used.
Many of your professors may want you to differentiate between sources, primary, secondary or tertiary. There is also a differentiation between research and review article.
The Library's home page features a search box that functions as a "Google-like" single search. This is a good start to a search. A better approach is to use the WorldCat Discovery tab to initiate an advanced search.
To learn more go to the Doing An Advanced Search Page.