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Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering: Getting Started

How to Use this Guide

You can use this guide as a "library cheat sheet." It will remind you how to do some of the things that we went over in the workshop. This guide consists of the following sections:

Finding Information – Where to go to find articles, reference books and background information.

Evaluating Information – Some basic guidelines on deciding whether something is worth trusting and citing.

Reading Research Articles – reading journal articles is a skill, this has a few suggestions to maximize your efficiency.

Citing Sources & Copyright – How to evaluate copyright questions and some scenarios common to polymer students.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get ChemDraw?

You could download it from My Akron too. Software downloads hyperlink is on the Technology Support tab. Follow the directions to download ChemDraw.

Want to Access Electronic Resources Off-Campus?

Be sure to use the UA Libraries Catalog or Web site to use the proxy server. Go to a definition of a proxy server. opens new window You will be prompted for your UANet ID and password from The University of Akron Login screen. Most of the time you will be prompted one time per browser session.

If you go to the URL of the resource directly, you will bypass the proxy server.

Some resources like SciFinder will require another user id and password, but most don't. Often when you are prompted by anything besides The University of Akron Login screen or the OhioLINK Authentication screen, either

  • you did not go through or were somehow dropped by the proxy server or
  • we do not have access to the particular item, such as an article from a year of a journal that is not part of our subscription. Check the Publication Finder to verify dates that we subscribe.

If you are having difficulties with the proxy server for all databases, please contact me. If one database isn't working properly with the proxy server, you could try a Virtual Private Network (VPN). VPN Setup opens new window

How do I find Articles on a Topic?

If you are looking for an article, try these databases first:

How do I Find a Specific Article?

Do you know where the Article is (what journal, conference, volume, pages, etc)? Use the UA Libraries Catalog. opens new window

Need a Specific Article that Can't be Downloaded and is not in our Library? Try

How do I find Books?

If you are searching for a specific book, try the catalogs in this list. If you don't find it from one catalog, try the next catalog in the list.

  1. UA Libraries Catalog
  2. OhioLINK Catalog (button in UA Libraries Catalog)
  3. Search Ohio Catalog (button in OhioLINK Catalog)
  4. Interlibrary loan

Sometimes it is convenient to search electronic books directly particularly when looking for quick facts or code syntax. Refer to the electronic book sources in this section or the previous section, Databases to Find Aritcles, Books and More. Use the descriptions to find the databases that contain electronic books that are most closely related to your topic. Keep in mind that not all books will be available for download. It depends on the database and the library's subscriptions.

How can I find Polymers with SciFinder-n?

In this webinar from CAS, you will learn how to:

  • understand how polymers are curated in the CAS Registry to allow them to be effectively described and discovered
  • search for polymers by structure, nomenclature or molecular formula
  • filter search results by important structural characteristics
  • efficiently link to literature describing polymeric applications, properties, and preparation

from CAS website. Captions are in process.

This video is long, but it has helpful information.

If you can't see this video, try the substance searching section of the SciFinder-n Tutorial page. opens new window

How do I get Help?

I am happy to help in any way that I can. Just contact me thru email or by phone M-F from 8:00AM to 4:00PM. You can request an appointment too. I can easily meet using Teams, but I might be able to meet differently. Just let me know your preference.

Also, we have several guides that contain tutorials that we created or vendor tutorials:

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