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CHM 3190 - Chemical Literature and Composition: Google Scholar

This guide contains relevant links to information resources, in-class exercises, out of class assignments, and supplemental materials for the chemical information literacy sessions of CHM 3190.

SciFinder Account for next class

On Thurs. Feb. 27, we will be in 241 Dunbar Library.  If you do NOT already have a SciFinder account, you need to create one before Thursday's class.  If you encounter any difficulties, please let Ximena know no later than Wednesday night so there is time to troubleshoot and follow up on Thursday morning before class.

1. Go to the SciFinder tab of this class guide.

2. Do NOT click the blue Search SciFinder button unless you already have an account.

3. To set up a SciFinder account, click the "one-time registration form" text link in the sentence immediately above the blue "search SciFinder button".

4. Follow the instructions to create an account.

More Information Resources for...

Scientific Communication Resource

Identifying Predatory or Questionable Publishers and Journals

Google Scholar: Getting Started

Google Scholar: Library Links & Searching Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search Activity

Run a search on a topic of your choice in Google Scholar.  Look at the first 20 results (first 2 pages).


1. Try searching your topic in natural language (that is, either as a longer phrase or as a question).


Are the results useful?


Why do you say that?


2. Try searching the same topic but use only the key concepts as opposed to natural language.


Are the results more or less useful than your question or phrase search above?


In what way?


3.  Where did Google get these search results?  (answers might include publisher, scholarly archive or self-archiving site, a research networking site, other.  If other, can you determine what it is?)




4.  Is access available from the WSU Library for most of these?



5. What types of sources are these?  (journal article, book, report, thesis/dissertation, etc.)




6. Are these sources trustworthy or reputable?  How do you know? 



  • Repeat this same process to search for your topic in Web of Science and answer the same questions. How do they compare?

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