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Important Information About SciFinder Scholar

When doing research in Chemistry, you'll often find yourself needing to use SciFinder Scholar.

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Reading Scientific Papers

  • Anatomy of a Scholarly Article
    A visual tutorial describing the important sections of scholarly journal articles, created by the NCSU Libraries.
  • How to Read a Scientific Paper
    If you've never read a scientific paper before, take a look at this tutorial by Purdue University. It has tips on reading research papers more effectively and efficiently.

Writing Papers in Chemistry

Research papers in Chemistry are written according to the rules of The ACS Style Guide. If you have never written a paper in this style before, the library has a copy of the guide in the Reference section on the 2nd floor. The main collection has books about effective writing in chemistry:

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The ACS Style Guide : Effective Communication of Scientific Information
Call Number: Ref QD8.5 .A25 2006
ISBN: 0841239991
The ACS Style Guide is located in the Reference Section (behind the Reference Desk, which is across from the library's main entrance). Part 1 describes the process of producing scientific articles. Part 2 explains the style guidelines for chemistry papers, including how to format the names and numbers of chemical compounds. It cannot be checked out, but there is an earlier edition in the main collection which does circulate.

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A Short Guide to Writing About Chemistry
Call Number: QD8.5 .D38 2010
ISBN: 0205550606

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The Art of Scientific Writing : From Student Reports to Professional Publications in Chemistry and Related Fields
Call Number: QD9.15 .E23 1987
ISBN: 3527298290

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