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CHEM 300 - The Literature of Chemistry (Schmidt)

This guide will help you get started with your research for CHEM 300.

Journals and Databases

In this lesson, we will cover:

  • Literature databases and how they work
  • Tips on how to search databases, including: 
    • using limits
    • truncation
    • combining terms using AND/OR
  • The specifics of three different databases - ACS, PubMed, and Science Direct.


  1. Complete the Basics of databases tutorial.
  2. Watch the following videos:
    1. Using controlled vocabulary
    2. How library stuff works: Boolean operators (AND OR NOT)
    3. How library stuff works: Boolean modifiers "", *, ()
  3. Complete the Journal Article Assignment (included in Cougar Courses).