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CHY 105: Majoring in Chemistry Course Guide


Nancy Curtis, 581-1679
Science & Engineering Center, 581-1691
Reference Desk, 581-1673
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  • Hours during the regular academic year. Reduced hours during breaks.
  • Fogler Library usually changes something (services, resources, locations) over breaks. What's new at Fogler library.
  • Largest library in the state--check the floor plan to find specific library locations.
  • Most library assignments involve many steps--selecting a topic, searching databases, finding articles, printing or photocopying, reading, and writing. Don't wait until everybody else is trying to do the same thing.
  • No library session before the assignment? For a good starting point, click the "Subjects" tab on the library home page and then select a subject from the pull-down menu.
  • Not sure which tool to use? Want some assistance? Contact a librarian (see above).

Pick the Right Tool for the Job

  • Journal articles and "preprints" are the primary forms of scientific communication. Use databases to find citations or references to journal articles.
    • For papers in introductory classes, try Academic Search Complete or other general databases.
    • For specialized databases relevant to your major, check the library chemistry portal.
  • Use the URSUS catalog to find books and other items owned by URSUS libraries (University of Maine, other University of Maine System campuses, Bangor Public Library, Maine state libraries). Search by keywords to find items about your topic.
  • Use URSUS to find reserve readings, either by course name or instructor.
  • Use subject guides to find additional materials.

ReSEARCH Your Topic

  • Document your research process--list the databases you used, the search terms you tried, the date, etc.
  • Try alternative terminology: wood waste as well as biomass.
  • Try alternative spelling (British as well as American): sulphur as well as sulfur.
  • Truncate (use a wildcard) to get variations on a word: boiler* to find boiler, boilers... Don't drop too many letters when you truncate.
Use AND for more specific results
wood waste* and boiler*
  AND narrows a search, returning only those results containing both terms.
Use OR to broaden a search with related terms
wood waste* or biomass
  OR expands a search, finding results containing either or both terms.
  • Try combining AND, OR, and truncation: (wood waste* or biomass) and (boiler* or energy)
  • Find more references than you need.
  • Use limits, such as English language, publication type, or date, to refine your results.

Evaluate Your Results BEFORE You Print or Copy

Printing and photocopying costs add up.

  • No charge for scanning and/or saving files.
  • Your MaineCard permits $16 worth of "free" printing ($0.04/side, $0.07/double-sided page) each semester.
  • Pay for excess printouts using Black Bear Bucks ("campus funds").
  • Free printing funds don't carry over between semesters, but Black Bear Bucks do.
  • Photocopies cost $0.08/side (Black Bear Bucks).

Finding Materials in the Library...and Beyond

See Finding Items at Fogler Library for details. Fogler Library is the largest library in the state, and it can be a confusing place. Check the floor plan to find specific library locations.

Not on the shelf? Not owned by the library? Give us 1-2 weeks lead time, and we can obtain most items for you.

Created by: Nancy Curtis | Revised: 02/19/2014
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