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Chemistry and Biochemistry

This guide will help you get started with your Chemistry and Biochemistry Research

Background information in the research process

Background research is vital for developing a foundational understanding of your topic. It will also help you narrow and focus your research question, choose relevant keywords and search terms, and shape research direction.

In addition to general searching using your favorite search engine or Wikipedia, you may also review newspaper or magazine articles, and longform journalism. Biology encyclopedias can also be useful places to look for information because they are written by experts in the field and will also include references that will direct you to further reading on a given topic.

General Reference databases

General Chemistry and Biochemistry Reference

These selected works and websites will help you quickly find a definition, explanation of a process, or a brief introduction to a concept.


The resources below are in-depth guides to the research literature:

Safety Data Sheets

(Formerly called Material Safety Data Sheets)

Useful background sources