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CHEM 1465: Databases & Search Strategies

Chemistry for Engineers AURAS ESP Section

Databases - Start Here

Search Strategy Techniques

·         Read the database summary to be sure it fits your subject area

·         Start with a broad topic then narrow it down

·         Use Truncations symbols to get variant forms of spelling and/or replace characters in words or phrases

o   *   [Asterisk]                Wom*n, (woman, women, womyn)

o   ?  [Question mark]      dra???t  (draft or draught)

·         Use Boolean operators  (AND, OR, NOT)

o   AND to narrow results                --      green AND chemistry

o   OR to increase results                --      green OR chemistry

o   NOT to eliminate            --      mammals NOT whales

·         Search by author, journal title, subject, keyword or conference proceeding title

·         Limit for more specific results 

o   Language - English

o   Publication date(s) 2001 to present

·         Look for specific characteristics to determine if article is a primary source

·         A “review” article is a secondary source

·         Use “Help” screens when stuck


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