How not to reinvent the wheel
or Literature Searching for ENCH400
Our assignment is…
Reading past research – journals etc, company
reports, wikipedia, textbooks
Citing sources – APA style
All of the above and
Make decisions based on research
We need to know…
More information sources
How to read quickly – and find the good parts
Which ones to read and which not to
How to work out what’s reliable
How to check what’s up-to-date
How to get journals without paying online
The Research Process
Define your topic
Gather background information
What information do you need?
Who would have written about it? Where?
Judge it – is it relevant? reliable?
– does it point in new directions?
– is it enough? or do you still need more?
Write up your results
Cite all sources!
People – lecturers, PhDs
Ullmann’s and Kirk-Othmer (linked from subject
lots of chemical data
search by name or structure
How do the
Is any resistance
What is the biological
mechanism at work?
Are there any health
effects on humans?
Previous research reports – theses
Check subject guide to find these
Using Endnote - 3
My Grand Chemical Engineering Research Project Thing
Everything you need is at:
Library site -> Subject Guides -> Chem Eng -> How
do I find…
Endnote – Library site -> Quicklinks -> Endnote wiki
or Zotero – plugs in to Firefox
on Linux use BibTex
can borrow books/articles from other libraries
Slides and tips
Email See you
A particular slide catching your eye?
Clipping is a handy way to collect important slides you want to go back to later.