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Subject Definition

Chemistry is the scientific study of the structure, properties, and reactions of the chemical elements and the compounds they form, wherever they occur.  Some chemists study chemicals in living systems, while others study the chemistry of space, and others study the chemistry of the water or land around us all.  Wherever matter exists, there is a chemist studying it.



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  • American Chemical Society Journals  
    Current and archival access to the journals of the American Chemical Society. Sample journals include Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Reviews, and The Journal of Organic Chemistry. Searches can be done by specific citation, by author, or by keyword. Search all the journals or one or more specific titles. SFX feature will link to individual article if citation is initially found in Web of Science (Science Citation Index), or another library database which uses SFX.
  • SciFinder  
    Searches chemistry related journal and patent literature from 1907 to the present. Also searches chemical structures, single- and multi-step reactions, chemical suppliers and regulatory restrictions. MEDLINE is included. You MUST create an individual password at CAS Registration before you can search, and you MUST use your WT email address for registration. On-campus use only.
  • Web of Science  
    Simultaneously search the most important journals in the social sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, the humanities, and visual and performing arts. Includes 'high impact' scholarly sources. Search by author, topic, affiliation, etc., or follow links to cited sources. Create an individualized sign-in to save results, set up search alerts, and gain access to citation management with the My EndNote Web service. Includes Arts & Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Science Citation Index (SCI).

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  • For example: "What is currently being done to help conserve the endangered Giant Panda population?"
    •   Keywords: conserve and Giant Panda

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  • Conserve: conservation, preservation, protection
  • Giant Panda: panda, Ailuropoda melanoleuca (scientific name).

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