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BCHM 496 - Complex Systems

A guide that covers using the library's search engine, ScienceDirect, Google Scholar, and SciFinder.

Advantages and disadvantages to using different search methods

Resource Advantage Disadvantage
Library home page search box

Searches most of the library's databases at once.

Great tool for limiting to scholarly sources, specific date ranges, subject areas, etc.

Results for scholarly items includes book reviews, editorials, and other things that can't be used for assignments.

Everything in this resource comes from scholarly publications.

Includes tool to search for only research articles and review articles.

Search is limited to only what this publisher publishes (about 2,500 journals).
Google Scholar

Searches a lot of stuff (including a lot of what the library has access to and much that we don't provide, such as open source articles).

It shows what the library has access to and links you to it (but only if you click on the Google Scholar link on the library's website).

Filtering is pretty much limited to publication date and keywords.
SciFinder Possibly best source for searching chemistry literature (search using keyword, physical properties, CAS registry number, chemical structure/substructure, etc.) No links to articles; you have to find the article using DOI search, Google Scholar, search, or thejournal search on the library's website.
Interlibrary Loan We can get articles from other libraries that we don't have through our databases. Usually takes 3 to 5 days, possibly longer if UM-Ann Arbor doesn't have it.
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