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Searching the Web for Chemistry Sources
There is a wealth of valuable information related to chemistry that is freely available on the web. Just remember that information you find on the web needs to be evaluated carefully.
Suggested Web Sites
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Chemical Information and Safety
ChemSpider is a free chemical structure database providing fast text and structure search access to over 100 million structures from hundreds of data sources.
Research from a broad range of fields related to the chemical sciences shared online ahead of formal peer review and publication.
Information on nearly 500,000 chemical substances including common and frequently regulated chemicals, and those relevant to high school and undergraduate chemistry classes.
NIST Chemistry WebBook
National Institute of Standards and Technology general and physical information, including spectra.
How to Evaluate Web Resources
- When was the website last updated?
- Is the information out of date? Is there more recent information about the topic that is available?
- Do the links appear to be working? And, are they related to the topic/s of the website?
- What is the purpose of the information source? Is the information source intended to inform, advocate, sell, slander, etc? Is it ironic (a satire or a parody)? How can you tell what its purpose is?
- How well does the information source relate to your topic? Does it only address one part of your topic, or is it more broadly related? Do you need additional information sources to address different parts of your topic?
- What person or group is responsible for the information in your source?
- Can you find contact information for that person or group?
- Is the author or organization a qualified source, or an expert in their field? What credentials and/or affiliations listed on the source show evidence of authority?
- What type of domain name does the website have (.com, .org., .edu, .gov, .net)? Or, does it have some other domain?
- Who is the intended audience for the information source (student, professional, general etc.)? What helped you decide who the intended audience is?
- Does the information source have a bias? If so, describe the position taken on the issue.
- If is appears the information source has a bias, what is an example of the loaded language that helps you recognize it?
- Are the statements, opinions, and/or statistics given in the information source supported with references?
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Megan Mamolen, PhD, MLIS
Librarian, Assistant Professor
Office: Library, C-3051c