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Chemistry Literature Seminar and Capstone

Resources for students in Chemistry Literature Seminar CHE51-822-01

Library Information and Research Help

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In Chemistry, a primary source is the first place research appears. 

The purpose of reading the primary source is to get the original data, not someone else's interpretation of the data (a secondary source).  Books, encyclopedias, dictionaries, review articles, and textbooks are all secondary sources because they have already processed the information in the primary sources for you. 



Primary Sources in the Sciences:

  • ​​Report original research, ideas, or scientific discoveries for the first time
  • Report results/findings/data from experiments or research studies
  • May also be referred to as primary research, primary articles, or research studies
  • DO NOT include meta-analyses, systematic reviews, or literature reviews (these are secondary sources)
  • Are frequently found in peer-reviewed or scholarly journals
  • Should explain what research methodology was used (randomized controlled trial, etc)
  • Frequently include methods, results, and discussion sections
  • Are factual, not interpretive

From off-campussimply provide your SUeID & password to authenticate yourself and gain access to the library's databases. 

TIP: Make sure you're logging into the yellow Southwestern login screen, NOT the database's login screen.

Never pay for articles; the library can get that information for you for from another source. Ask a librarian.

Smith Library has 24-hour student building access (with ID card) for most of the week during the normal fall and spring semesters.

Always check the website for the most current operational hours.

Saving your Research/Printing

Saving, Printing, & Organizing articles in EBSCO Databases:


In our EBSCO Databases, which include Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete, and many others, use the tools found on the right-hand side of the screen. You can email the article to yourself, add it to a folder, or save it to your computer or your flash drive.


Email: From the article or article record page, click Email and enter your email address when prompted. You'll get a persistent link or "permalink" to the article sent to you. 

To save the full text of an article when PDF full text is available: Select the link for PDF full text in the article (located on the left). In the PDF full text article, use your mouse's right button to select "Save as" to save the PDF OR use the print button that will appear at the bottom of the article. 

To save the full text of an article when HTML full text is available: In the article, click the "Save" option in the tools menu on the right. A box will pop up in the center of your screen; be sure "HTML Full text" is selected. Click the yellow Save button. From the next screen, use your browser to save the page (in Internet Explorer, select File-Save as; in Firefox, select File-Save file as; in Chrome, right click and select Save as). This will save the complete HTML file to your computer. 

"Add to folder": This option allows you to add articles to a holding folder in the database. You can create a free My EBSCOhost account, which will allow you to sign in from any computer. See the "Sign in" option in any of our EBSCO databases for more information.

Without a folder account, you can still use the folder for your session, but if you close your browser, you'll lose all saved articles UNLESS you had signed into your EBSCO account. Getting an EBSCO account is completely optional and free for students. A librarian can help you set up an EBSCO folder account.

NEW! Save text to your Google Drive Folders: click the link next to an article to send a PDF of the full text (if available) to your Google Drive account. LOG IN to your Southwestern Google Drive account to utilize this feature. 

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