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Get Started with Your Research
Do you have a topic, but you're not sure where to start? Try a few of these tips!
- Scan your textbook or assigned readings for ideas or for books and articles you can look for.
- Start to write down keywords and related concepts. Think of synonyms that you can use as keywords.
- Consider creating a concept map if you learn best visually. Try Mind42 or MindMeister for some cool online tools.
- Find background information and use it to find more keywords.
Sometimes when you're getting started on a topic, all you want is a good overview of the basics. The library has lots of resources to help you get just the facts, fast.
Reference books like encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies, and more can be a great way to get basic information. Try searching our online reference collections below to find great articles on all sorts of topics!
Electronic Book Center - Reference
Periodic Table of the Elements
Provides information on the elements easily accessed by clicking on the element in the periodic table. Also contains a glossary of chemical terms, several calculators, programs for chemists and non-chemists, and links for chemists and chemistry journals.
General Chemistry Online
Excellent resource for first semester chemistry students or those needing a refresher. Site includes a compound library, construction kits, calculators, simulators, and tutorials.