P773: Research strategy for searching the literature more effectively
According to section 7.1 in the ACS Guidelines and Evaluation Procedures for Bachelor’s Degree Programs, “Students should be able to use the peer-reviewed scientific literature effectively and evaluate technical articles critically. They should learn how to retrieve specific information from the chemical literatureÉwith online, interactive database-searching tools.” To these ends, all Notre Dame chemistry and biochemistry sophomore majors, since 2004, take CHEM 23201 (Finding and Presenting Chemical Information) as one of their required courses. And this course is taken concurrently with the 2nd semester Organic Chemistry Lab. What do those undergraduates need to know to effectively search the literature? While many librarians focus on the tools or evaluating the results, it has become evident that the students need to know something even more basic – How to write a concise summary of their research project using concrete terms, identifying the key concepts and using more than one concept when searching databases. In this talk, I will present a brief overview of the course, explain the aspects of this strategy, how it is integrated into the course, and examples of student comments.