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Database Search Tips
- Use quotation marks: When using quotation marks the exact phrase is searched. "nitrogen oxide"
- Use AND to link terms in the database. For example: emission AND nitrogen combines search terms so that each search result contains all of the terms.
- Use OR to find either term; this is especially useful with synonyms. For example: "nitrogen oxide" OR "carbon dioxide" combines terms so that results contain either terms.
- When using the OR command in a more complex search, place the OR'ed search terms in parentheses. For example: ("carbon dioxide" OR "nitrogen oxide") and emissions. Alternately, use the Advanced Search form provided by most databases.
Anatomy of a Scholarly Article
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The ACS style is a set of standards for writing documents relating to chemistry, including a standard method of citation in academic publications, developed by the American Chemical Society (ACS).
What is a Scholarly Article?
Scholarly (or Academic or Peer-Reviewed) Articles are:
- Written by experts in the subject
- Published in a scholarly journal
- Share the expert's original research
- Use technical language
- Use many in-text citations
- Include lengthy references
- Often include tables, charts, and graphs
What is a Primary Source?
In the Science discipline, Primary Sources include (but are not limited to):
- Research studies or scientific experiments
- Papers and proceedings from scientific conferences or meetings
- Dissertations and Theses
- Technical Reports
Most articles in scientific databases will be both scholarly and primary resources. But, secondary sources source do exist. They include:
- Publications about the significance of research or experiments
- Review of the results of several experiments or trials
- Analysis of a clinical trial
- Letters to the editor, editorials, perspectives