These resources contain basic overview information that can be useful when you're just beginning your research.
You can also search URSUS for chemistry-specific encyclopedias and handbooks, many of which are accessible online! A few examples are below, but there are many more.
You can search for books in our library and other libraries using the links below. If you're not sure how to find what you're looking for, ask us!
Once you have a good understanding of your topic and have selected a few keywords, OneSearch is a great place to start your research! OneSearch is a convenient way to search almost all of the library’s resources using a single search box.
Below are a few of the "top" journals in chemistry by the number of times their articles have been cited. To see many more journals in chemistry, including sub-specializations, see our Journals by Title page and select "Physical Sciences & Mathematics" from the subject drop-down. On the results page a variety of Chemistry sub-disciplines are listed.
Below are just a few of our databases useful for chemistry research. For more databases with chemical sciences content, check out our Databases A-Z page and select "Chemistry" from the drop-down. You can also select "Environmental Science" or "Business" depending on which aspect of your assignment you are working on.
References in the text should be cited in one of three ways:
If using numbers, references should be numbered sequentially. If a reference is used more than once in your text, it does not need a new number each time; use the original number assigned to it. If citing more than one reference at a time, include reference numbers in increasing order separated by commas.
If you used numbers for your in-text citations, arrange your bibliography in numerical order (so that in-text citation 1 is listed first, in-text citation 2 is listed second, etc). If you used author name and date for your in-text citations, arrange your bibliography is alphabetical order by author's last name. ACS reference formatting for bibliographies from UW-Madison has excellent examples of citation formats for every source type (books, journal articles, websites, etc).
URSUS is the combined library catalog for the entire University of Maine system. You can search the entire system, or select University of Southern Maine Libraries in the drop-down.
Other helpful tips:
Most databases, as well as URSUS and MaineCat, assign subjects to books and articles. A subject is a designated word or phrase that describes an idea or concept and groups all articles or books about that concept together.
There are many ways you can get research materials from other libraries. In the vast majority of cases, there is no charge to you for this service!