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Chemistry 481/483: Getting Started

This guide will assist students as they are introduced to the chemical literature and literature search techniques in CHEM 481.

This guide was designed as a resource for CHEM 481/483. Since SciFinder-n and RefWorks are the most important resources used in that class, the majority of this guide is devoted to them.  Other resources for finding chemical and scientific information can be found in the Chemistry Resources library guide.

Why Use RefWorks?


RefWorks allows you to:

1. Store information about the references you've gathered from different databases.

2. Create citations for the references you've gathered in your preferred citation style.

3. Insert citations directly into a Word document using the Reference Citation Manager tool.

Step 1: Register for a RefWorks Account

  • Go to the RefWorks website
  • Click on "Create Account"
  • You must register with your UST email account
  • You will receive a confirmation email from RefWorks with a link to complete registration. Be sure to check your SPAM folder!

Why Use SciFinder?


SciFinder-n provides easy access to information in Chemical Abstracts Services resources: journal citations and abstracts, substance data, chemical reactions, regulatory data, chemical suppliers, and biomedical literature.

Step 2: Register for a SciFinder-n Account

  • Click on the SciFinder Registration link above
  • Click on "Next" to continue with registration
  • Click "Accept" to accept the terms of use
  • Fill in the required information

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