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Principles of Chemistry
Mary Newberg

Marge Peters´┐Ż . (630) 942-2337 . petersm@cdnet.cod.edu


1: FIND YOUR TOPIC
"Green chemistry is the use of chemistry for pollution prevention. More specifically, green chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances. Green chemistry is a highly effective approach to pollution prevention because it applies innovative scientific solutions to real-world environmental situations."
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency http://www.epa.gov/greenchemistry/

or Sustainable Design, Global Warming, Recycling etc.

Getting Started Researching a Topic (Controversial Issues):
http://www.cod.edu/library/research/faq/started2.htm

2: USE BOOKS AND VIDEOS
Click on COD Library Catalog (http://lrc.cod.edu) and choose Subject search for your topic. (Environmental chemistry, Sustainable architecture, Sustainable agriculture, Global warming, Recycling with various subheadings)
Click Search.
Both books and audiovisual materials will be listed in the catalog.

3: RESEARCH YOUR TOPIC IN MAGAZINES, JOURNALS AND NEWSPAPERS
Click on Article Databases.
Click on Academic OneFile (InfoTrac).

Type topic in search box and search. Watch for titles with "Text", "PDF" and, if Abstract only, "Library holdings".
Can limit to only Full Text articles and Refereed Journals (research articles) .

Other useful databases:
Academic Search Premier
National Newspapers Simultaneously searches the indexes of the Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post

Additional tips on finding magazine, journal and newspaper articles: http://www.cod.edu/library/research/faq/articles.htm

4:THE INTERNET

• Green Chemistry Websites:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:
http://www.epa.gov/greenchemistry

Canadian Green Chemistry Network
http://www.greenchemistry.ca/

Green Chemistry (On-lineJournal)
http://www.rsc.org/is/journals/current/green/greenpub.htm

Zero Waste Alliance
http://www.zerowaste.org

Environment and Ecology Research Guide
http://www.cod.edu/library/libweb/Peters/BIOLOGY/ecology.htm

Meteorology Research Guide: Climate Change
http://www.cod.edu/library/libweb/Peters/earthsciences/meteorology.htm

• Search Engines and Directories:

Yahoo is an example of a human-indexed directory of the internet, along with search engine features http://www.yahoo.com
Look at lower left. Choose Science. Type in term and click button for "Just this category." or use Society> Environment and Nature

Search engines such as Googlen match key words via software programs called "robots" or "spiders". See links from Library Home Page. Most programs only require the entry of all terms wanted--it only returns pages that include all of your search terms. For a better search, use quotation marks ("....") around phrases: "global warming" history

How to evaluate a website
http://www.cod.edu/library/research/faq/evalnet.htm

Citing sources: MLA, APA and ACS (Chemistry) formats

 

 

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