Finding Search Terms/Keywords
Examine the lab brief. This is a great place to get search terms.
- What were you attempting to prove or demonstrate? What was the reaction of one variable to another?
- The main purpose of the lab is what you are trying to find articles on
- Identify the variables.
- You want information on how these substances behave under different conditions so even basic information about them will help.
- Start with the journals on the list. These are good journals to start your chemistry research. You won't need the more specialized titles.
- It is unlikely there will be an article that replicates the lab experiment. Be open minded and realize that several articles may be necessary to cover what you did in lab.
- Don't search for all of the substances and the reaction together. Do one substance at a time with the reaction name.
- Search just the reaction name, see what substances they use, how is their reaction similar or different? Differences are just as useful as similarities.
- Don't turn away basic information on a substance, even if it doesn't get used, it is helpful in understanding the big picture.