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CHEM 366W : Physical Chemistry Lab II

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Getting started

Finding journal articles

Use the "Get@SFU" link to find the full-text article.

Too many articles?

  • Try adding terms to your search. In some databases, you'll need to type "AND" between the words; in others, such as Web of Science, it's assumed.

  • Exact phrase searching will also narrow your search.

  • If appropriate, use subject searching instead of keywords (in EBSCO databases, look for "Thesaurus" in the top blue bar)

  • Use any relevant limits - limit to review articles, or limit to articles published in the last 5 years, etc. Be wary of limiting to full text as the Library's "Get@SFU" function can often lead you to the full text even if not provided by the database itself.

  • Consider using "NOT" to rule out irrelevant articles; e.g. diabetes NOT insipidus. Use with caution as you may lose some good articles.

Too few articles?

  • Think of any possible synonyms you could use and add them to your search by using "OR" between words. Try thinking of broader synonyms; contraceptive rather than condom, for instance.

  • Use both subject headings and relevant keywords, combined with ORs.

  • Use truncation (aka wildcard searching) - put an asterisk before the end of a word to find all variant endings. E.g. geolog* will find articles using the words geology, geological, geologist, etc.

  • Check the subject headings (in EBSCO databases, look for "Thesaurus" in the top blue bar) to get ideas for other ways your idea might be categorized.

Finding books

Search the Library Catalogue.

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Sample resources

Writing & Managing Citations

Citation or reference management tools collect your journal article, book, or other document citations together in one place, and help you create properly formatted bibliographies in almost any style — in seconds. Citation management tools help you keep track of your sources while you work and store your references for future use and reuse.

ACS Style Guides dictate how journal articles, including those in J Phys Chem, should be formatted. For more info check them out.