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Chemistry Writing - Spring 2012 (21:160:350): Overview

This guide was specifically created for Dr. Jim Schlegel's class - Spring 2012

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This guide was put together with the goal of helping students in Dr. Schlegel’s Spring 2012 Chemistry Writing course complete four of their course assignments – three papers and a poster presentation.  It is intended to complement and supplement the library research instruction sessions throughout the course.

Within this guide are tips on where and how to find scholarly articles, with a section on accessing full text articles; how to evaluate resources; how to keep track of article citations in order to compile a bibliography; how to avoid plagiarism; and how to design a good poster.

By no means is this an exhaustive guide to doing research, so if you have any questions, please Ask-A-Librarian!  And if you would like to get in touch with Bonnie Fong or Ann Watkins, their contact information is along the right column.

Learning Objectives

Students attending the library research sessions for Dr. Schlegel's CHM 350 class this semester will learn how to:

  • find articles about their topic using library databases such as Web of Science and SciFinder
  • export citations from library databases to RefWorks and utilize RefWorks to create a bibliography in Nature format
  • write a great literature review
  • design a great poster


  • You will be following the Nature format
    • The order of your references section is NOT alphabetical; rather, the list should be in order of appearance in your paper
    • Since you do not list the same source twice in your references section, you ARE expected to repeat superscripts within your paper
    • To see an example, visit:  (link works on-campus)
  • For information about how to write a good literature review, please take a look at the "Course Documents" section at your Blackboard course site.  See the files labeled "Lit review" and "Lit review 2"
    • Include a cover sheet that states your topic, your name, and the course name (consider including an image, if appropriate - just remember to credit your source)
  • 3 books have been placed on Reserve for your class at the Dana Library Circulation Desk - see the document below, which notes specific sections within each book that you may find especially helpful as you work on your course assignments

Physical Sciences Librarian

Bonnie Fong
John Cotton Dana Library

185 University Ave

Newark, NJ 07102-1814

(973) 353-3811

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This guide is copyright-protected, but you are welcome to reuse it as per the license below (click for more details):