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CHEM 3123 - Organic Chemistry Lab (JVL): Useful Databases

Resources for the organic chemistry literature assignment.

Useful Databases -- Chemistry

Check out these databases if you are looking for scholarly articles.


Below are some databases that will be more relevant/useful for the "sciences."  Be sure to "scroll" down through the box to see additional choices.



Useful Databases - General / Multidisciplinary

Using Key Words in Searching

One of the first steps in creating a research plan is to select "key words" which best describe the topic you plan to research. When choosing key words for a search, it's a great idea to include related terms and terms that are more general (broader) and more specific (narrower) to improve chances for success. As a simple example:

Key word: cat

  • related terms: house cat, kitten
  • broader terms: pet, feline
  • narrower term: Felis catus

Sources for relevant key words include:

  • class materials, including textbooks, handouts, presentations, and lectures
  • subject headings and key word lists in library records
  • abstract and text of articles
  • online and database thesauri

If you are unfamiliar with the terminology you encounter while searching article databases (or while reading articles in journals) you may wish to refer to sources such as textbooks, dictionaries, and other reference resources in the field of study.

Contact your instructor if you are unsure if a particular topic is appropriate. It is usually wise to make sure you are on target with your topic before you begin to spend much time researching a project.