September 12, 2013
What is research?
When is a source credible/useful?
Energy research covers several subjects:
Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Engineering
How do you document your work?
With Reference Citation Management Tools:
Refworks, Zotero, Mendeley
1. In 2011, how much energy did the United
How would you answer this?
What % was not from fossil fuels?
Renewable Energy as
Share of Total
4. Google Scholar searches the same journals, patents, conference
proceedings and monographs as the Libraries’ databases.
5. The Libraries spends over $300,000 annually to license and
purchase research tools like article databases, journals, books, and
websites for Chemistry.
6. The database Registry in Scifinder Scholar is a world-wide, current
alphabetical and institutional listing of all working chemists, with
an author number attached to their name for easy searching.
7. Chemspider includes a section for Synthetic
preparations, called Synthetic pages, where you
can get detailed information on synthesizing
8. The Wikipedia Chemistry Portal has a special
symbol that notes where a chemist has edited
entries and/or synthesized a chemical substance.
BU Library Databases - Chemistry
Scifinder Scholar on the Web
Web of Science (Web of Knowledge)
Wikipedia Chemistry Portal
29 million references
10,000 major scientific journals, books, proceedings
1800’s to the present
References to patent and patent families from 57 patent authorities
200 million citations
CAS RegistrySM, the largest source of chemical substance
More than 1.6 billion chemical, biological, thermal, and spectral
15 million reactions on organometallics, total syntheses of natural
products, and biotransformation reactions
Reaction conditions, yields, and catalysts