Chemistry Resources for Undergraduates

Library Research Guide

Welcome!

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Welcome to the Libraries' Chemistry Resources for Undergraduates Guide! This guide is designed to help you learn how to use K-State Libraries' many resources. If this guide does not have the information you are looking for, don't hesitate to  Ask A Librarian  for help any time during the Libraries' service hours.

Support for Chemistry Students

Academic support

The Writing Center and tutoring services at K-State focus on the success of learning and writing processes as a whole, not just the end result. Make an appointment at any stage in your process, whether you're getting started on a project, working through an assignment, or finishing a report.

Student clubs and organizations at K-State

Chemistry clubs and organizations are a great way to meet students with shared interests, as well as professional chemists in an informal setting, and also serve as an excellent way to find out about career opportunities and what it takes to make a career in your area of interest. They support your learning by connecting you with a community of undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in or have taken the courses you are taking.

Other resources

Research Process

Research can be challenging, non-linear, monotonous, frustrating, and rewarding. Breaking parts of the process into smaller pieces makes it manageable. Below are some steps you might experience as you begin a research project. If you get stuck at any time in this process, Ask A Librarian or make an appointment with your librarian or a peer research consultant.

First steps in the research process

  1. Choose a topic
  2. Develop a research question
  3. Find resources on your topic
  4. Save your sources

Research notes and reflection

This process takes days, weeks, or months. It is helpful to take notes as you go to track your thinking. Reminders to yourself will save time.

Ask yourself: What am I thinking about as I develop my research question(s)? What types of information do I need to answer this question? Where am I searching and what search terms am I using to find resources? What is interesting to me and my research about this specific article?