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Stony Brook University

CHE 385

How to search scientific literature.

1.  Decide what information you need to locate.  ie. property, dataset, journal article, review article, book, structure, etc.

2.  Design a search strategy.

  • Write down the terms you will use in your search.
  • Select the resources you will search
  • Narrow or broaden the search as necessary

3.  Selecting resources for your search.

  • Journal articles- use databases
  • Property data- look at handbooks such as the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
  • Data sets- search appropriate data bank
  • Books- search the library catalog

4.  Evaluate and synthesize the content.

  • You may need to use a scientific dictionary or read more about a procedure, term, etc. 

5.  Incorporate information into your paper and cite appropriately.

 

Scholarly publishing and peer review

Watch this video to learn about the peer review process and scholarly publishing.