This Research Guide is designed to provide resource suggestion and research help related to CHEM 457. This guide will be available through the Spring 2021 semester.
This guide covers:
First publication of original data - also known as original research, empirical research, or primary research - reports on original research conducted by the article's authors. Often, authors will discuss action taken during the research process that highlight the fact that it is in fact original research. Active language such as "we found" or "we developed" can be indicators of original research.
In addition to an Abstract and Introduction/Literature Review, the following are aspects of first publication articles unique to original research include:
Review articles - also know as literature reviews - collect, synthesize, or analyze numerous original research publications on a specific topic. While original research may contain a review of the literature to put the original study in context, review articles are ONLY literature reviews. Be aware that review articles may contain figures and tables illustrating the concepts discussed in the review article but review articles will not outline a study methodology or data results section.
The ACS database provides a convenient filter to limit search results to original research articles.
After performing a search in ACS, use the Article Type filter, selecting Research Article to limit to original research. See the screenshot below to find the Research Article filter.
Interlibrary Loan lets you request resources, including books and articles, that are not available through the Ort Library. You can request sources you find through the library or online.
These citation guides can help you create your citations from scratch:
See the Ort Library's Citation Help Guide linked below for online resources for APA, MLA, and Chicago style guides.
A citation manager can help you organize your reference and generate in-text citations and bibliographies. There are a number of citation managers available, some free, some paid. Zotero (linked below) is a popular free citation managers with a number of features including a browser extension to make saving references online easy.