Find Background Information
Background sources, such as specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries, are an essential piece of the
research process. They can help you:
- Gather information about your topic and understand the scope of the research.
- Locate reliable sources and clarify keywords.
- Pinpoint important authors, texts, ideas, and keywords about the research area—knowing what
the primary phrases and concepts are will help you a lot as you are searching library databases and
Credo Reference is a multi-publisher collection of high-quality reference titles. Available titles also
include a range of multimedia options, including thousands of high quality diagrams, photographs, maps,
and audio files. Credo includes several books on topics in chemistry, including:
Search Credo Reference
Science Resource Center
The Science Resource Center provides easy access to a wealth of full-text, science-oriented content
including science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other reliable sources. In addition,
the database includes a vast collection of images from sources such as UPI, Getty, NASA, National
Geographic, and the Nature Picture Library.
Science Resource Center
Print and e-books are valuable sources for academic research. They will help you to gain an overview of
your topic and often contain in-depth information
about the scholarship or history of research on a subject. Some books are written by single authors
while others include essays or chapters by multiple
scholars within a discipline. Don’t let the length of books intimidate you because you don’t
need to read them from cover to cover. Look at the
table of contents and index to find the sections that are relevant to your work.
Find Books Using GriffinSearch
You can use GriffinSearch to find print and e-books available through Giovale Library. To get started,
search by keyword or type in the title of a book
WorldCat.org lets you search for books, articles, videos, and other material that are available in
libraries worldwide. If you are doing in-depth
research on a topic and are considering requesting resources through interlibrary loan, WorldCat can
help you discover resources that might not be in the
Giovale Library collection.
InterLibrary Loan (ILL)
InterLibrary Loan is a service where patrons of one library can borrow books and other materials, and
access journal articles that are owned by another
Utah Academic Library Consortium
Giovale Library participates in the Utah Academic Library Consortium (UALC) and Westminster College
students have reciprocal circulation privileges at
UALC partner libraries. Each UALC library has
different circulation policies, but all require a
current, valid, legal photo identification and proof of current enrollment at Westminster. Some
libraries may also require other verification methods, so it
is recommended that you contact the member library you are interested in for details.
Utah Academic Library Consortium
Academic Videos Online (AVON)
AVON provides unlimited access to a comprehensive selection of videos curated for the educational
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The Giovale Library provides access to a number of subject databases that you can use to find journal
articles on topics within a specific discipline or field of study. The databases listed on this page are
those that are most useful for finding research published in the field of Chemistry.
GriffinSearch is a good starting place if you are looking for books, journal articles, films, and other
material available in the library. In addition to
searching the Giovale Library catalog for physical materials, GriffinSearch finds e-books and articles
from several of our databases.
American Chemical Society’s collection of full-text journals, magazines, and proceedings.
PubChem is an open chemistry database at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). PubChem is a key
chemical information resource for scientists, students, and the general public. PubChem mostly contains
small molecules, but also larger molecules such as nucleotides, carbohydrates, lipids, peptides, and
chemically-modified macromolecules. It provides information on chemical structures, identifiers,
chemical and physical properties, biological activities, patents, health, safety, toxicity data, and
ScienceDirect is a leading full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters.
Journals are guided by eminent editorial boards and articles are rigorously peer-reviewed. Find books
about chemistry on ScienceDirect, as well as subject collections across disciplines including
biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology, clinical medicine,and environmental science.
Search Science Direct
Citing your sources helps you avoid plagiarism and shows that you’ve done research to become
knowledgeable about your topic. Proper citations allow
your readers to track down your sources and help them understand how your research is connected to the
work of others in your field. On this page, you will
find guides and tools to help you format citations, and you will learn about what constitutes
How to Cite Sources
With all of the many ways that you can plagiarize someone’s work, either accidentally or on
purpose, how can you make sure that you’re citing
your sources correctly each and every time? One way is to become familiar with reputable sources that
will help you learn or confirm that how you are citing
your source is correct.
PurdueOWL contains writing
guides, grammatical rules, and citation help that will assist with many writing projects. They offer a
detailed Formatting Guide for APA and MLA citation, which contains complete examples for just about any
source you may use in footnotes/endnotes, in-text citations and reference lists.
Zotero is the ideal tool to gather, analyze, and
document all of your sources.
It is compatible with GriffinSearch and other library databases, allowing you to save citations and
articles while you research. Visit the
Zotero website to find out more, or stop by the library for some help getting started.
What is Plagiarism?
Plagiarism means taking someone else’s work or ideas and trying to pass them off as your own.
Plagiarism can either be intentional
or unintentional, and even the most careful writer could accidentally plagiarize without fully knowing
it. For example, did you know that
it is plagiarism even if you misattribute a quote to the wrong author? Even if you cited the source and
took care to put it in your bibliography,
if the wrong person received credit for someone else’s work, it can still be considered
plagiarism. Other forms of plagiarism include:
- Copying and pasting someone else’s work and turning it in as your own
- Using a quote from someone without giving them credit
- Not putting a quotation in quotation marks
- Changing a few words here and there, but keeping the main ideas of a sentence without giving credit
to the original author
- Copying pictures from Google or another website to use without saying where you found the image
Of course, all of these scenarios of potential plagiarism can be avoided by knowing how to properly cite