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Highlights useful databases for chemistry. Many more resources are available from Heriot-Watt. Please ask for help at your campus library, or contact Kirsty Thomson, the Academic Support and Liaison Librarian for chemistry, if you cannot find the information you need.
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Good quality academic journal articles
Scopus and Web of Science are selective databases, which try to index only good quality academic journals. Using these databases in your research should help you find better quality academic material (compared to searching non-selective databases like Discovery or Google Scholar).
Scopus is one of the leading databases of peer-reviewed citations and abstracts, covering 21,000 titles from 5,000 publishers in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities.
Scopus recommend uses Chrome or Firefox. Results might not display correctly in Edge.
Key databases for finding good quality academic articles from science journals. Web of Science includes:
Science Citation Index Expanded (1970 to date)
Social Sciences Citation Index (1970 to date)
Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975 to date)
Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Science (1990 to date)
Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Social Science & Humanities (1990 to date)
Medline (1950 to date)
Biosis Citation Index (1969 to date)
Journal Citation Reports
Index Chemicus (1993 to date)
Full text availability:
Some full text online. Use the "Check for Full Text" feature in the database.
Understanding journal articles
The Royal Society of Chemistry have a short PDF guide to reading journal articles, covering their structure and content, peer review, and reading critically. The guide is aimed at undergraduate students: you will find it useful if you are new to using journal articles in your studies.
A journal citation will look similar to this:
Sonnert, G. and Fox, M.F. (2012) 'Women, men, and academic performance in science and engineering: the gender difference in undergraduate grade point averages', Journal of Higher Education, 83(1), 73-101.
In this example the journal title is "Journal of Higher Education" and the title of the article is "Women, men, and academic performance in science and engineering: the gender difference in undergraduate grade point averages".
To find articles you must search Discovery. This will tell you if the journal is available either on paper in the library or online.