CH 103 - General Chemistry I


Begin your research by exploring information found in a reference book. This will include encyclopedias, handbooks, and other titles that are written by professionals in a specific area. These books will help you define your topic by providing basic information on a subject. To find a reference book in our collection you should search the Library's online catalog.

Online Catalog

Some titles you may find helpful include:

McGraw-Hill concise encyclopedia of chemistry, REF QD4. M34 2004

Chemical composition of everyday products, REF QD75.22 .T64 2005

McGraw-Hill encyclopedia of science & technology, REF Q121 .M3 2012

Why is there antifreeze in your toothpaste: the chemistry of your household ingredients, REF QD471 .F565 2008

Better looking, better living, better loving: how chemistry can help you achieve life's goals, REF QD39.7 .E47 2007

Physicians' Desk Reference REF RS75 .P9 2011

Handbook of drug-nutrient interactions, REF RM302.4 .H355 2010

If you don't find any titles in our collection that fit your topic, you may want to search the OhioLINK catalog.

OhioLINK Catalog

Journal Articles


Next you will want to explore your topic in some current journal articles. The Library has specialized databases that contain citations and often times access to the article online. You may find the following databases helpfully with this assignment.

Access Science - Online access to the Encyclopedia of science and technology.

Science Online - Presents a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive definitions, essays, diagrams, biographies, and experiments.

Academic Search Complete - Index, abstracts, and full text for many scholarly publications covering all academic areas of study.

Newspaper Source - Full text for regional U.S. newspapers, international newspapers, newswires, and newspaper columns.

For more databases that may be helpful, see the following list.

Chemistry Databases

Internet Research


Last, you may have a need to do some research on the Internet, you will need to evaluate the website. You can do this by using the CRAP test. For those doing research on drugs, the following website maybe helpful.

MedlinePlus: Drugs, Herbs, and Supplements Information

For assistance in citing look through these tools.