Research Guide for

CHEM 1010 Environmental Chemistry (Kaintz)


Open Access (Free) Sources of Information
Scientific and technical publications from U.S. federal government agencies. Includes journal articles and other reports of research funded by federal science agencies like the Department of Energy, 

Directory of Open Access Journals
DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Public Library of Science
The Public Library of Science (PLOS) is a nonprofit organization to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication.  

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Scientific American

ScienceNews: Magazine of the Society for Science and the Public

Find an Article from a Major News Organization

ProQuest News & Newspapers

News articles from U.S. newspapers. Includes the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Star Tribune, and many local newspapers.

News (Gale OneFile)
Selected newspapers and newswires from the United States and around the world.

Combined Search & Databases List

Extra Credit: Find the Scientific Study

1. Gather as much information as you can. 
  • Do you know the author of the study?
  • Do you know the title of the study?
  • Do you know the year it was published? Are there any clues ("According to a study published a couple of years ago" or "a study that was just published")?  If not use the year the (news article or popular science article was published. It has to be before that year.

2. Search Academic Search Premier for the study use the information from above to locate it

Academic Search Complete (EBSCOhost)
Articles in all subjects from scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers. An all-purpose database and often a good place to start.

3. Can't find it in Academic Search Premier? Try to find it in Google Scholar:

Google Scholar

Search for academic articles on publisher and other websites. When you use this link to connect to Google Scholar through the Library, your search results will include links to articles available in Normandale Library databases whenever possible. Look for the "Article @ Normandale Lib." links to access the full article through the Library.

Note: Not all articles in your search results will be available through the Library. Need an article we don’t have? Submit an interlibrary loan request.

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