Research activity sheet - Compounds Topic See your teacher’s handout. Step 1: Find keywords on your topic Keywords 1. Is your topic a compound or an element? 2. Is the name a common name or its chemical name? 3. Try to think of any other names (synonyms or acronyms) for your topic. What words come to mind for your topic immediately? 4. What area of chemistry is your topic found? E.g. is it a drug, a cleaner, a precious metal? Do a quick Wikipedia search…look for hyperlinked words; synonyms 5. Try an encyclopedia Go to the Virtual Library. See below for how to access. 6. Try a Directory to generate keywords a. Open Directory Project: http://www.dmoz.org/ b. Librarian’s Index http://lii.org/ c. Internet Public Library http://www.ipl.org/ d. Academic Info http://www.academicinfo.net/ e. Links for Chemists http://www.liv.ac.uk/Chemistry/Links/links.html 7. Try a Clustering Metasearch engine a. Kartoo www.kartoo.com b. Dogpile www.dogpile.com c. Quintura http://www.quintura.com/ 8. Try Career Cruising which is in the Virtual Library. The password is below. It will help you find careers that may use the compound you are researching. Career Cruising Username: Ancaster Password: Lion Step 2: Find books Try some of the books that are pulled for you. Finding eBooks: Access eBooks through the Virtual Library. Step 3: Finding On-line Encyclopedias About.com –Chemistry encyclopedia http://chemistry.about.com/od/chemistryatoz/a/aencyclopedia.htm Encyclopedia 4U http://www.encyclopedia4u.com/l/list-of-compounds.html Science World http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/chemistry/letters/ NIH http://chem.sis.nlm.nih.gov/chemidplus/ Chemical Compound Database http://ull.chemistry.uakron.edu/erd/ Virtual Library ACCESS Ancaster Library Website http://schools.hwdsb.on.ca/ancasterhigh/library-2/ Virtual Library ID: secondary Password: library FIND DATABASES AND ON-LINE ENCYCLOPEDIAS HERE! For Science Topics: Academic OneFile (scholarly journals) EBSCO Step 5: Find articles on the web in Science Find articles www.findarticles.com Infomine http://infomine.ucr.edu SCIRUS a free-science encyclopedia/article site. http://www.scirus.com/ Sciseek http://www.sciseek.com/ National Science Digital Library http://nsdl.org/resources_for/k12_teachers/ http://nsdl.org/ Step 6: Finding Quality Websites Specialized Directories Links for Chemists http://www.liv.ac.uk/Chemistry/Links/links.html Chembiofinder http://chembiofinder.cambridgesoft.com/chembiofinder/simplesearch.aspx NIST http://webbook.nist.gov/chemistry/name-ser.html Chem Synthesis http://www.chemsynthesis.com/structure-search.html How to find MSDS sheets http://www.msds.com/ http://hazard.com/msds/links.html http://ccinfoweb.ccohs.ca/msds/search.html http://www3.3m.com/search/ca/en001/msdssearchform.do HINTS AND TIPS TO FINDING GOOD WEB SITES: Look for good authors (contact info; good background on author) Look for sites by quality organizations. Look for quality domains in the URL (.gov; .edu; .k12; .org) E.g. adding site:gov in search box with your term gives you just sites that are .gov or add inurl:diabetes for sites that include diabetes in the URL. Add inurl:ca for Canadian sites e.g.: www.diabetes.ca for the Canadian Diabetes Association. Look for sites that contain current information (check for dates uploaded; revised and/or updated) Look for sites with adequate and accurate information. (check other sites to back up facts) Use advanced search features and complex searches using your keywords. E.g. “carbon dioxide” +safety +protection Use tilde~ to ask for synonyms. E.g. ~CO should get sites that refer to carbon monoxide. Use “factsheet” as a search word or article Chemical Compounds http://www.allatoms.com/CompoundWebSites.htm Chemical of the week sheets http://scifun.chem.wisc.edu/chemweek/chemweek.html WebElements - look for link on left to compounds http://www.webelements.com/webelements/scholar/index.html Household Products website: http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/index.htm Properties of materials www.unb.ca/safety/hazmaterial.html www.cpuc.ca.gov/environment/info/esa/pgedivest/swaps/final/swapch_2vii.html For Information on Elements: 1) This site is great for pictures. http://www.webelements.com/webelements/scholar/ 2) This site provides you with the state, melting & boiling points, and density. http://www.chemicalelements.com/ 3) This site provides you with the state, some human uses, health & environmental effects. http://www.lenntech.com/periodic-chart.htm 4) This site has human uses, and harmful effects. http://www.kids.net.au/encyclopedia-wiki/pe/Periodic_table 5) This site has uses, and general information. http://www.chemsoc.org/viselements/pages/pertable_fla.htm 6) Some other sites http://www.chemicool.com/ http://periodic.lanl.gov/ http://www.tryagain.com/chemistry/elements.htm http://www.lenntech.com/periodic-chart.htm CHEM COLLECTIVE -HAS LINK TO VIRTUAL LAB http://chemcollective.org/ Answer.com -add the name of your metal and it gives you lots of info http://www.answers.com/main/science.jsp CITING SOURCES AND NOTE-TAKING For note-taking sheets for your project see the Library website or click here. Try on-line Citation help software to write your REFEERCES in APA style: 1. KnightCite http://www.calvin.edu/library/knightcite/index.php 2. Citation machine http://citationmachine.net/ To help you format your REFERENCE sheet, read the guides on our website.