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CHE 230: Chemical Analysis: Doing the Research

This guide includes resources helpful to students working on the CHE 230 Library Assignment

Library Assignment

See the Word document attached below for the full library assigment (Wednesday the 15th)

Text in blue in the boxes in the center of your screen is taken directly from this document.

You may work in pairs to complete this assignment.

Handbooks and Methods

These reccomended texts are excellent resources for methodology...

Step 1: Developing a Research Question

List 2-3 ideas that you have for the project along the lines of “I’d like to analyze ___________(analyte) in ______________ (sample).”

Also think about any synonyms or related terms that describe or define your sample and/or analyte. All of these terms will become your keywords for searching in Library resources. Doing this now will save you time later!

Aren't sure of what your topic should be?  Check out the following journals, which will give you a really good idea of the research currently being conducted in the field.

Step 2: Creating Context

Search at least two online indexes for information related to your proposed analyte(s) or sample(s).   List three articles that provide information related to your proposed research.  For each article listed, briefly describe the relevant information.

The following list of resources will help you to find reliable, relevant research on your topic.  Consider the keyword terms you use when searching these databases very carefully, and attempt multiple searches using synonyms.  

Step 3: Developing Analysis Methodology

Ultimately you will need to find a method/procedure from which to base your research.  In most cases, this type of information may not be published in the primary literature because the methods are well established.  Refer to secondary sources for established procedures (i.e., Method Handbooks, standard methods, or online “application notes”).

Find two different sources for analytical methods related to your proposed research.  Cite these two sources and briefly describe the method, noting instrumentation/techniques used for the analysis.

Try using the links (below), check out the books in the column on the left, and also try searching in WISE and/or Google for more analytical methods sources. 

WISE - Updated for Discovery

WorldCat Discovery search box example

Not sure where to start? Heck- try searching "chemical analysis" or another related term in WISE to start getting inspiration

Need Some Help?

Are you having trouble accessing online resources? Are you finding really good articles that do not have full text links (or have links that aren't working)? Not sure how to connect the resources you have? Having trouble getting started or knowing when you have enough resources?

Never fear!  The Library can help! Drop by the library in person for some one-on-one assistance.

Google Search

Try searching for your proposed analyte + "application note" to discover additional resources. 

Carefully evaluate the websites where you find your information!