Getting started: Finding Relevant Scholarly Literature in Chemistry
Tackling a new topic?
Try looking for a review article first. Review articles attempt to summarize the state of research on a scientific topic. While lengthy and not generally including the very latest research, review articles can be a great way to start to get a handle on a topic.
Don't overlook the literature cited at the end of the review: the bibliography contains a wealth of information about the key discoveries and main researchers in the field.
Most databases (including SciFinder-n and Web of Science below) will allow you to limit your search to include only review articles or literature reviews.
See also: more chemistry resources for use at Northeastern.
Research Tools and Tips
Looking for a specific item for which you know the title? Use these quick search tools:
Use the Scholar OneSearch browse search to find books by title (or change drop-down selection to Author and enter last name, first name).
Use the A-Z database list.
For a comprehensive literature search in chemistry, start by searching SciFinder-n or Web of Science. To do a quick search, you could also search or browse the full text collection of American Chemical Society Journals.
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