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Fundamentals of Chemistry I - CHEM 131 - Shedd

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Research Strategy

1. Select your topic and identify keywords or concepts using Google or Google Scholar.

Examples include:

  • Water purification
  • Ripening fruit chemistry
  • Fluorescent molecules found in shark skin

2. Using keywords or concepts, search for books and journal articles

3. Refine and repeat your searches with additional keywords or concepts as you find them

Examples include:

  • Scientific names
  • Synonyms
  • Alternative spellings
  • Abbreviations
  • Acronyms

4. Search for newspaper articles and websites