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INST 396: Analytical Instrumentation Capstone Project: Doing your research

Conducting a Literature Search

There are a few key steps to conducting a literature search:

  1. Once you've clearly defined your research question or topic, identify keywords and synonyms to use in your search.
  2. Select the appropriate tools for your search. Start broadly with the Library Discovery Search, or go directly to specialized subject databases.
  3. Track your research findings! Consider using a tool like Google Documents or Google Spreadsheets to keep track of the resources you find and share them with your group members.

Chemistry Databases

Try using one of the following subject-specific databases to narrow your search.

Library Discovery Search

Not finding what you're looking for? Try using Library Discovery Search - a tool that covers almost all of the Library's resources in one click!

Library Search

Advanced Library Search

Book a study room!

Need a space to meet with your group?

Track your research!

Consider using a tool like Google Documents to keep track of your research and to collaborate with your group members.

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