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Why Reference Works?
Reference works are an excellent first stop in your research and are incredibly useful for the following:
- Getting an overview of a topic
- Finding physical or chemical data
- Getting ideas for a paper topic or narrowing your topic
- Brainstorming keywords for searching and learning the vocabulary used by authors in that area
- Discovering the key works on a given topic
- Discovering the key authors on a given topic
- Getting biographical information on key figures related to your topic
Access Science from McGraw-Hill : the online encyclopedia of science & technology
Contains the full text of McGraw Hill's Encyclopedia of Science and Technology as well as Science News from 2000 to the present. This database is limited to one user.
Aggregates and indexes chemical structures and their associated information into an open access repository. Offers text and structure searches for compounds.
Crystallography Open Database
Maintains an open-access collection of crystal structures of organic, inorganic, metal-organic compounds and minerals excluding biopolymers.
Dictionary of Organic Compounds
Contains concise chemical, structural, and citations on organic compounds. Data includes formulae, chemical structures, and physical properties.
Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Encyclopedias provide excellent background/overview information and are an excellent place to begin research. They contain articles written by experts for a somewhat more general audience. They provide indexes indicating scope of coverage of a topic and point to articles in which a concept will be discussed. They also provide bibliographies for further reading.