CHE-449, Chemistry Research

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Dr. Ablin's Chemistry Research Assignment PDF
Tox Town
"Environmental health concerns and toxic chemicals where you live, work, and play."
Tox Town, National Library of Medicine National Library of Medicine

GREENR: Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, & Natural Resources More
GREENR database

CQ Researcher Tutorial(YouTube 2:29 mins.)

Energy Sustainability: Fracking ...
Energy Sustainability: Fracking..., 2013 ebrary

Industrial Gas Flaring Practices
Industrial Gas Flaring Practices, 2013 ebrary
New Materials for Sustainable Energy and Development:...
New Materials for Sustainable Energy and Development:..., 2013 ebrary
  • Resources
  • How to Find Articles
  • Books
  • Searching
  • Citations
  • ILL
  • QuickLinks

Selected Resources

See also the database list or select a subject research guide from the drop menu (top right) to identify other databases and resources.

EagleSearch - The NEW! EBSCO Discovery tool. Tutorial flash
Try this: In Advanced Search use chem* abstracts for SU Subject Terms then add your keyword(s) or concept(s).
Academic Search Complete
BioMed Central Open Access
Google Scholar
Peer-reviewed articles; some indexing and full text; includes links to ORU database articles.
HighWire Open Access
MEDLINE with Full Text
PLOS ONE Open Access
"...features reports of original research from all disciplines within science and medicine." More... (Indexed in Academic Search Complete, PubMed Central and several other databases, so it can be searched in a database or independently.)
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Full Text
Science Direct Databases
GPO-U.S. Government Publications
Covers all types of U.S. government documents: Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and records; judiciary materials; and documents issued by executive departments (Defense, State, Labor, Office of the President, etc.). FirstSearch More...
Nature (Half of 2011 papers are now Open Access)
Subject Category include all chemical sciences, biochemistry, chemical biology, chemistry.
Reference Databases
CQ ResearcherCQ Researcher (reference database)
Current, hot topics published weekly; includes background information, chronology, maps, charts, issues, pros/cons, primary sources, and more. Coverage is non-biased and authoritative. FAQs
Points of View ReferencePoints of View Reference (reference database)
Current, controversial topics with multiple sides supported by scholarly articles, primary sources, news briefs, and more. | Tutorial (6 mins.)
Selected Web Sites
FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)
National Library of Medicine
Environmental Health & Toxicology Portal Includes NLM database links and summaries.
Tox Town (National Library of Medicine)
ToxNet: Toxicology Data Network (National Library of Medicine)
To Find Statistics
FedStats - Federal statistical information from more than 100 U.S.
Statistical Abstract of the U.S. ORU database Available in print, call #HA202.S72 LRC-R
To locate government statistics on the Web, try the following search examples:
your topic statistics
your topic 1 your topic 2  fact sheet
For more detailed information see the library guide How to Find Statistics.

How to Find Articles

If you have some citation information, go to the Journals List, search for the journal title, and then follow the links to go to the issue date that you need.

If you have a topic and journal name, go to Journals List, search the journal title, then search all issues of the journal with key terms. more...

Try a keyword search for the journal name, article title, subjects, author(s) and/or other information you know in EagleSearch.

To look for articles on your selected topic, follow the steps below.


Step 1: Access a database.
Academic Search Complete - largest multidisciplinary academic database
MEDLINE with Full Text (National Library of Medicine)
For other databases use the Quicklinks tab above, the database list or other subject guide.
If off campus, use the Off-Campus Access link on the library page and your ORU network login. (Your username is your ORU email address without

  • To change or add multiple databases use the "Choose Databases" link.
  • To store and manage your information, create a personal account Folder in EBSCO. As you find items to use for your assignment(s), just add them in your "Folder" for later use. (Training video)

Step 2: Key in your terms and search.
Use keywords that describe your topic or descriptive terms from your thesis statement. For primary source documents, such as a study or report, include those terms in the search.


Step 3: Evaluate your results -- sort and set limiters.
What are the assignment requirements?

  • Relevance is usually the default display, which may give you more full text articles at the top of the list. Sort by date for the most recent articles to appear at the top of the list.
  • Add limiters; set restrictions (date, peer reviewed, language, etc.)
  • Limit with the available subject headings and subject options.

Step 4: Evaluate the articles -- read, review and save.
Click the article title to view the detailed record.

  • Read the abstract, if available, to 1) see if the content is relevant to your topic, 2) look for additional key terms to search, and 3) identify ways to narrow your topic.
  • Save articles to your EBSCO folder for later use and creating citations.
  • Review the article bibliography or notes for other relevant resources or articles.

Step 5: Evaluate your search -- tweak and improve.

  • Change or edit your search; include other key concepts from your thesis.
  • In the EBSCO interface, click Choose Databases (shown below) to select and search additional databases simultaneously, or change to another database. After selecting the databases, click Search to rerun the search in the selected database(s).
    EBSCO Choose Databases


Step 6: Read full text.
Click HTML, PDF, Linked Full text or similar link. Or, click the Check for Full Text link to see if it is available elsewhere in the Library (i.e., in another database, hard-copy in the Library, microform). If an article is not available in full text in the library, the Interlibrary Loan service can get an item (for a small fee), but that is usually not necessary for the Composition 102 research assignment.

**Review the article bibliography for additional relevant resource. If you identify an article of interest, search for the journal in the A-to-Z Journals List, then drill down to the date you need. Or, try an article title search in EagleSearch.**

Step 7: Cite your sources.
Look for citation tools that allow you to copy, paste and then edit the citation in MLA format.

See also: Key Points: Search Strategies and How to Find Articles.

Books and eBooks
Use the resources below to find books and other materials beyond the ORU library. When the item you need is not available at ORU, request it through the library's Interlibrary Loan service.
Google books free on the Web
Includes some book previews and complete books available. Connects to books with the Library Project and Partner Program. Freely download a PDF copy of books in public domain. More...
TIP: Search for books then click a title. In the book record use "Find in Library" in the left sidebar to link to the item record in, as shown below. See PDF.
GoogleBooks links to WorldCat free on the Web
show/hide A library catalog with more than 1.2 billion records for books and other materials in OCLC member libraries, worldwide.
worldCat record• Include books, websites, films and slides, musical scores, and more.
• Records represent 400 languages.
• Indicates libraries where materials are held.
• Links to the item preview in, if available.
• Use your Zip code to locate the closest library that has the book.
Citation Tools - Click Cite Export within the detailed record to get a pop-up window that shows the citation in APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA and Turabian styles. More
Preview this item - If available, allows you to preview selected pages in  
WorldCat ORU database-- If you are off campus, includes distance learners, you will need to login.
Limit your search to find materials in a in a library or group of libraries in a specified city/state. Use the Find codes, then key the code(s) in the Library Code text box. FirstSearch
Use the catalog to find books in the library. The check out period for sr. paper students is 28 days.
eBook titles are included in the library catalog with links to the ebook, but you may prefer to search an ebook database (listed below) instead of using the library catalog. Since ebooks do not have call numbers in the catalog, they are not included in WorldCat nor Google books. To locate ORU ebooks, search the library catalog and limit to ebooks, or search ebook databases.
121,900+ academic ebooks from scholarly and professional publishers. Create a user bookshelf to store and annotate your selected books. Download books to read offline. (You will first need to install Adobe Digital Editions on your computer, free online). See the apps (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch) and the ebrary Quick Start Guide or Tutorial
ebrary TIPs:
• Search, then click the Chapter Results tab to view the 20 most relevant chapters from your ebooks list.
• Browse titles in a call number section of your topic. Use Advanced search. Change Search in menu to LC Call Number (shown right). Key in from and to call numbers. Click Search ebrary.
It's like browsing virtual ebrary shelves.
show/ hide View search strategies
To search the entire collection, type a simple search or click "Advanced" for multiple field and text box options.
To browse and/or search by specific subject area use the "All Subjects" link at the top of the ebrary page.
To narrow your title results list click a subject, or several subjects, at the top of the page.
To open the ebook, click the title or book jacket image.
To view the most relevant chapters from all the books, click the Chapter Results tab next to the Title Results tab.
To use the Text-to-speech function: After you have found a book, click the ebrary Reader button to open a book in ebrary's reader. Choose the "Speech" tab. Highlight text to be read or just click the "Read the selected text button" for the page to be read.
eBook Collection

Search Strategies


Academic Search Complete• Sign in to your EBSCO folder to save and later access articles, save and retrieve your searches, set up search and journal alerts, and more.

• Click "Choose Database" (circled right) to select additional databases to search.

• In the article detailed record (click the article title), on the right under "Tools," click "Cite" to copy/paste/edit the citation or "Export" to send the citation to your Refworks.

• In EBSCO databases the default search is a proximity of 5, meaning the search words must be within a five word range of one another. In contrast, a keyword search using the boolean operator AND searches words anywhere in the record, including beyond the 5-word distance. More
-- drug delivery (65, 600+ results in MEDLINE; words must be within 5 words of one another)
-- drug AND delivery (121,500+ in MEDLINE; results contain both terms )
-- "drug delivery" (62,600+ results in MEDLINE; words are searched as a phrase)

Operator (Boolean)
Search Strategy
Examples of key terms for searching
AND   Use to search different concepts together. Produces fewer results.

"water splitting" AND solar-driven

OR Use to link similar terms; group with parenthesis; produces more results
"water splitting" OR photoreforming
NOT Use to specify a term you do not want in the search results.

(RNA interference OR RNAi) NOT virus*

Excludes results with virus, -es. .

Truncation (*) Searches the ROOT of a word ended with *

pediatric* AND nurs*

Searches: pediatric, -s;
nurse, -es, -ing

Use fewer concepts Increases number of results
organic* AND contaminant*
Use more concepts Decreases number of results
organic* AND contaminant*
AND water
Phrase Search Use quotation marks; Refines search
organic* AND contaminant*
AND “drinking water”


Be alert! As you research, continue to add relevant terms to your search:

  • Consider alternative terms, abbreviations, narrower terms, broader terms and related terms.
  • Use subject descriptors, database thesauri and article abstracts to identify additional terms and ideas.
  • Watch for references to research, reports and (or) studies, which will point you to primary source documents.

Try the tools listed below to copy/paste/edit citations, as needed, to match your assignment requirements. Always check the citation references for accuracy with the print style manual.

  • RefWorks NEW!
  • Articles (EBSCO folder)
  • Books
  • CQ Researcher

RefWorks is a personal online bibliographic management tool, available through ORU, that allows you to create your own database to manage and store your information. Easily export citations, or records, from a variety of database formats and resources into your RefWorks account to store and manage the information. Learn more

See: RefWorks Information Management Software PDF (shows how to select a citation style)

In your RefWorks account, select entries for citations and bibliographies, search the content, use folders to organize your content, and more.


Tutorials and Helps

JOURNAL ARTICLES in an Online Database

For a single citation in an EBSCO database, such as Academic Search Complete, click the article title to access the detailed record. Click the "cite" button in the right toolbar then choose a citation style. Copy, paste, and edit the citation to match the course style requirements. (The "Tools" menu is only available on the detailed record; it is not on the results page.)

EBSCO citations Go there.

The EBSCO folder is a personal information management tool to save articles, save searches, create citations lists, write notes, and more. Create a folder then sign in to your folder. Note: Items added to the default folder are NOT saved.

For multiple citations use the EBSCO folder:

  1. After you add the articles to your personal folder, click Folder has items at the top of the page.
    In the folder:
  2. Click checkboxes to mark items to be cited.
  3. Click the Print icon (in the right toolbar).
    In the Print Manager window:
  4. Uncheck HTML Full Text box and Search History, if showing and checked.
  5. Choose a Citation Format.
  6. Click Print (items are reformatted for printing). PrinT or cancel, then save or copy/paste/edit the citations.

BOOKS in the ORU Library

If you use a book from the library, do a title keyword search in the library catalog, access the record, and then click How do I Cite this? (circled in the image below). Select the correct citation style (MLA) then copy/paste/edit the citation in your works cited list.

Library Catalog citation link Go there.


WorldCat CitationsBOOKS not in the ORU Library Catalog

Go to and search the book title.
Click the title to access the detailed record.
Click the Cite/Export link (shown right). Click a citation style then copy/paste/edit the citation, as needed.
Learn more: Citation Tools (YouTube 1:47 mins.)


Find a topic then use the CiteNow! link, located above the issue title, to view the citation options. Note that the default style is APA so make sure to select the correct style for your assignment and course.

CQ Researcher citations Go there.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) for Sr. Paper Students

When ORU does not have the article, book, or other items that you need, it may be requested through the Interlibrary Loan department.

Contact ILL at 918-495-7377 or
See: ILL Request Form

  • BEFORE requesting an item through interlibrary loan, determine that the ORU Library does not own the item you need.
  • Some items are available nearby; others may take a week or more to obtain from out-of-state.
  • The $2.00 per item interlibrary loan request fee for students is waived after attending a sr. paper LIBBI.
  • You will receive an email when your item(s) is ready to pick up. Some journal articles are available from lending libraries in PDF format and can be emailed directly to you.
  • Pick up ILL items at the circulation desk.
  • Submit only one request form for each article. (The form is submitted each time the submit button is used, regardless of whether the "required fields" have been completed.)
  • After submitting a request, check your ORU email for the confirmation, which includes the citation information.

After attending the LIBBI session your name is sent to ILL and added to the ILL fee waiver list for sr. paper students. When you make an interlibrary loan request remember to include the three items mentioned in the LIBBI -- attended LIBBI, sr. paper and no charge -- so that the ILL librarian will check the sr. paper fee waiver list for your name. If your name is on the list the ILL $2.00/ item fee is waived.

Emailing a citation to
If you are making an ILL email request without a form, remember that you need to identify yourself and include your name and contact information, such as a phone number so that they know who is making the request and where to contact you.

If you have questions regarding ILL services or your ILL request please contact Interlibrary Loan or Ask-A-Librarian.

If you have questions about attending a LIBBI session or your name being added to the ILL sr. paper fee waiver list, contact Myra Bloom at 918.495.7174 or

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