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CHEM 1111 Library Research: Reference Sources

Chemistry Reference Sources

Reference works are collections of facts. These are works you refer to rather than read in their entirety. Examples include encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, handbooks, atlases, and guides. 

Reference works provide

  • background, overviews, summaries, outlines
  • definitions, formulas, chemical structures
  • assistance in narrowing or broadening a topic
  • bibliographies with citations to other works

Library Background Information Sources

Databases with Background Info on Chemistry Topics:

(Subject encyclopedias and dictionaries/reference sources)

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