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Finding Articles

If you need to find articles on a TOPIC or SUBJECT, use one of our databases. Databases collect article references from many sources so you can search broadly.

If you have a reference and you want to FIND AN EXACT ARTICLE, use the A-to-Z journal list. Search for the journal title and follow the links to the full text.

Alternately, you can use Google Scholar, which is pretty good at locating EXACT article titles.

Get ChemDraw

Use the html link below to get to the software download site and follow the directions at the bottom of the page to download ChemDraw. This can be an involved process, please read instructions carefully.

If this doesn't work, navigate to "My Akron", sign in, go to "Technology Support" and click on the "Software Downloads" link there.

How to Use This Guide

Hi, my name is Ian McCullough, Physical Sciences Librarian at University of Akron. Here's what the major tabs (above) are about:

   "Find Chemical Literature" - Finding articles by structure, keyword, subject; finding books; finding basic background information in references.

   "Properties/Spectra" - Use our electronic and print resources to find spectral and physical property data.

   "Citation & References" - ACS style, avoiding plagiarism, RefWorks and how and when to reference.

   "Chemical Safety" - Information about lab safety, material safety data sheets, the NFPA labelling system, and more.

   "Patents" - where to search for and obtain patent literature.

   "SciFinder Guide" - Tutorials on using SciFinder.

If this is confusing, or you aren't finding what you want, please contact me (contact info on the right). I'm willing to teach library skills to just about any person or group anywhere.

Thanks for stopping by.


Polymer Engineering - Essential Databases

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

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