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CHEM NSF-REU: Introduction

Information for the Chemistry NSF-REU summer program

Subject Librarian

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Erin O'Toole
Contact:
Willis Library, Room 080
940-565-3980
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Welcome!

Welcome to the course guide for the Chemistry NSF-REU program! I'm your Chemistry subject librarian, Erin O'Toole. On these pages, I've pulled together the best library resources for doing chemistry research for your use. If you have any questions about the guide or the UNT Libraries, feel free to contact me. I'm easiest to reach by email.

Have a great summer program!

Erin

Getting Started with Chemistry Research

Reference Sourcessuch as encyclopedias, handbooks and dictionaries, are a good place to start your research because they provide:

  • background on a topic 
  • historical research
  • potential keywords for your catalog and database searches

Books in both print and electronic format provide:

  • in-depth coverage of a topic, broad in scope and usually historical
  • information that is two to three years old by the publication date
  • indexes where you can check if the book contains your topic

Journal articles in both print and electronic format provide: 

  • the most current source of peer-reviewed information
  • focused research, narrow in scope
  • literature reviews

Websites must be evaluated for credibility, authority and accuracy before using and provide:

  • the most current information on a topic (but not necessarily peer-reviewed)
  • obscure, hard-to-find information

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