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Chemistry Resources: Getting Started in Chemistry Research


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, scholarly journals, eBooks, databases and websites.

Start Searching in WorldCat Discovery

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.

Search Refinements

All search engines can be refined or modified. For example in WorldCat Search,  searches can be done by subject, title etc.  Filters appear beneath the field boxes.


Finding Chemistry Articles in Library Databases

WorldCat is the Mount's default search engine.  It is an umbrella service that includes many other databases but not all.  That is why it is important to use individual databases to zero in on your discipline. 

Follow the instructions on the PDF provided here:

Below are databases that will be the most helpful for Chemistry.

Database Search Refinements

Every database has “limiter” boxes under or to the left of the search fields’ boxes. These filters are different from database to database. Below are filters or refinements for Science Direct.

Finding Chemistry Articles in Library Databases

Mount St. Mary's students and faculty now have access to the e-library resources at the National Cancer Institute's Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF), in Frederick, MD.  For more information see the NCI Research Guide.

The effect of this collaboration is that students can visit the facility or search their database for extensive current resources in the biochemical field.  If an article is found in this database, an interlibrary loan can be requested (mentioning the NCI source) and NCI will fill it within 24 hours. NCI Scientific Library.

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics

Now Available Online.

Dictionary of Chemistry

Reference Book in the Library

Books Online at the Mount

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