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CHEM 5395: Fundamentals of Research: Where to Search
Databases are electronic indexes that provide searchable "lists" of articles that have been published in journals, popular magazines, newspapers, or other items on almost any subject you can think of!
Many of the databases contain full text, meaning that the entire article is available in the database, either in PDF or HTML format. Some databases do not contain full text articles. To find the full text of an article, use the Full Text Finder button or check the Periodical List.
The library has access to more than 600 databases, and choosing one is the first step for successful searching. You can choose a research database by Subject, by Name, or by Type. Try a database specific to your subject area for more advanced research by using the databases listed under By Subject.
What is Full Text Finder?
Look for a link like this one in the results list:
Full Text Finder is a process that will search all of the library's databases to see if the full text is available.
If the full-text article is available in a different database, the Full Text Finder results page will give you a direct link to it.
If the full-text article is NOT available in any database, you have a couple of options:
First, check the Periodical List—the library may have a print copy of that journal instead of an electronic version. Learn more about requesting access to print journals in this FAQ.
If the library does not own a print copy, request a copy of the article through InterLibrary Loan. Hint: if you use the link to ILLiad on the Full Text Finder results page, it will automatically fill in your request form.
Chemistry & related sciences. Includes over 40 peer-reviewed American Chemical Society journals ,Chemical & Engineering News, Advances in Chemistry 1949-1998 followed by ACS Symposium Series books 1999-2012, plus ACS Legacy Journal Archives.
Coverage: 1879 to present.
Chemical and related scientific information from Chemical Abstracts Service. Includes patent & journal references from all scientific disciplines, substance information, chemical reactions, regulated chemicals information, and commercially available substances.
Science. This is the world's largest collection of biomedical and life sciences protocols or recipes for researchers. Based on tried and tested resources from Methods in Molecular Biology, these protocols include step-by-step laboratory instructions, lists of the necessary equipment and ingredients, and notes on troubleshooting and safety precautions. Springerprotocols.com has been designed specifically for the optimal discovery and display of protocols but the protocols are also searchable through the e-journal and ebook platform,SpringerLink.
Not every database contains the full text of every article. However, you may be able to find the full text in another of the library's databases. To find out where you can find a particular periodical online or in print, use the Periodical List.
Enter the name of the journal in the search bar, then look for the little referee's jersey icon or the line that says "Refereed: Yes." "Refereed" is just another way of saying "peer reviewed," so if you see either or both of those things, your journal is peer reviewed.
If you don't see the icon or if the description of the journal says "Refereed: No," that journal is not peer reviewed.