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Course Guide ~ CHEM 125 / Principles of Chemistry: Research Databases

Research Databases

Articles - Science

Articles - Public Policy & Ethics

General & News Sources

ACS Citation Style & RefWorks

ACS Citation Style & RefWorks

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Sources

In order to evaluate sources, try the ACCORD method.

Briefly, ACCORD means:

  • A - Agenda - What was the author's purpose?
  • C - Credentials - Is the author creditable?
  • C - Citations - Does the author cite the work of others?
  • O - Oversight - Did someone have to approve the publication?
  • R - Relevance - Does the source fit your needs?
  • D - Date - How recent is the source?

For more detail, take a look at this guide on evaluating resources

Research Starting Points

Research Starting Points

Have a plan when conducting research:

Ask questions.

  • Think of questions about your topic, and search in databases.
  • After reading articles, think about what interests you. Ask new questions, and look for more information.

Find the starting point.

  • Hamilton Library Catalog - A simple, one-stop search tool for books and e-books, videos, articles, digital media, and more.  All Searches 
  • Academic Search Premier - Indexes journals across disciplines.  General Searches 
  • Subject Guides - See We Suggest sections for discipline-specific databases.  Advanced Searches 
  • How Do I Find... - News sources, images, statistics, primary sources, and more.  Targeted Searches 

Keep searches simple.

  • Start with a keyword search
  • Enter no more than two or three words connected by the word AND
  • Focus your search by using subject headings

Refine your search.

  • Repeat your search after reading some of the information gathered in the previous step
  • Mine the bibliographies of articles on your topic for additional sources

Get help.

Request an Appointment

Book an Appointment

With your project group, book an appointment during the week of October 1-5.

In the appointment content, please indicate your last names and your topic.

Please bring the articles you have located to the appointment.

 Book an appointment

Email Glynis Asu, Science Research Librarian:


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