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About the CHEM 409 Guide

This page provides a list of key information sources for corrosion and fouling/biofouling, including suggested research databases, dictionaries and handbooks

Evaluating Resources | Book a Workroom

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias | Article Databases | Books | JournalsHandbooks & Manuals

Annotated Bibliographies | Wiki Suggestions | Poster Resources | Citing & Referencing Sources

Evaluating Resources

When looking at any source of information, consider its:

  • Currency
  • Relevance
  • Accuracy or credibility
  • Authority or source
  • Purpose or possible bias 

This page on Evaluating Information on the Internet has more tips on how to look for the elements above.

SAIT Library's Evaluating Information: : Are My Sources CRAAP? page

University of Toronto's E.J. Pratt Library Evaluating Web Resources links

Background information: dictionaries & encyclopedias


Supplementary resources

  • Knovel
    • This online collection of texts and handbooks is extensive and includes some of the most well known in chemistry and engineering: Lange's Handbook of Chemistry, Chemistry of the Elements, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, etc. It is searchable by all text, title, author, and tables of contents. Knovel has also made many of its sources interactive with embedded analysis tools and the ability to export the data to the user's own files.


Article Databases

Search these to find references to articles. Use the Full-Text Finder or full-text links to link you to the article.

If the article is not available through the database, search the catalogue for the journal name.


Many chemical engineering references. Compendex is a comprehensive interdisciplinary engineering database covering journal articles, technical reports, and conference papers and proceedings over the entire spectrum of engineering. To save records, searches, create folders and search alerts, sign up for a free personal account.


About 20% of this database covers Chemical Engineering. Journal and patent literature for chemistry and related disciplines. *Tip: limit the Document Type to Review.  


Web of Science 
References in all subject areas from Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index and Arts and Humanities Citation Index. A good database for references in all areas of the sciences.*Tip: search for your compound in the title, then limit the Document Type to Review.


Google Scholar
Search scholarly/academic literature "articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites."



If you are looking for books, use the library home page search box, or search the catalogue (see box on left) For your assignment, try:

  • keyword and type of book. E.g. corrosion and encyclopedia
  • To get more relevant results, click the subject headings in Catalogue Record tab for the book:




More journals can be found through the catalogue (box to the left), or search for e-journals using the "EJournals Search" box to the left.

Looking for articles from many journals? Use Article Databases (below.)


Handbooks & Manuals

Handbooks and manuals are to be referred to for quick facts, e.g. formulas, physical properties, and solutions to common problems, etc.



Annotated Bibliographies

Wiki Suggestions

Free WYSIWYG wiki sites.

Poster Resources

Suggested drawing tool: Accelrys Draw

Go to Options > Settings to increase default line weights, bond lengths, etc.



Students' Union Undergraduate Research Symposium examples (in U of C's institutional repository, DSpace). Browse by title
Pimp my poster (flickr group)
F1000 Biology and Medicine posters
Better Posters (tips and commentary on posters)

Layouts and templates

UofC Med
Purrington C. 2009. Designing scientific posters.
Microsoft office (Browse Posters or PowerPoint categories)

Websites, articles, and guides

Purrington C. 2009. Designing scientific posters. 
Stoss F. 2008. Poster presentations: designing effective posters.
Erren TC, Bourne PE. 2007. Ten simple rules for a good poster presentation. PLoS Computational Biology. 3(5):e102. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.0030102


Carter M. 2013. Designing science presentations: a visual guide to figures, papers, slides, posters, and more.
   See Part 6. Tips on visual elements are in Part 2; best tips for use of colour

Odling-Smee A. 2013. Poster Design: A practical guide for scientists and engineers.
   Covers the basics well


Nicol AAM, Pexman PM. 2003 and 2010. Displaying your findings: a practical guide for creating figures, posters, and presentations.  APA.
   One chapter on posters. Covers the basics, has a checklist and samples. Call #: BF76.8 .N53 2010

Gosling PJ. 1999. Scientist's guide to poster presentations.
   Lots of detail, many examples, dos & don’ts.  Call#: Q179.94 .G67 1999

Large format printing (CHEM 409, 423, 553: optional)

Project Imagine (Main Campus)
Bound & Copied, $5/sq. ft.
Multimedia Services (Health Sciences)

Citing & Referencing Sources


Book a Workroom

The library has workrooms for group work or study. Some have computers or videotape players in them:

  • Book up to a week in advance (recommended)
  • 3 hours per person per week
  • Forfeit the room after 10 minutes past the hour
  • Use the online form

Science Librarian Contact Information

The Science Librarians can help you find specific resources, focus your research topic, and suggest appropriate resources or search terms.

Chemistry Librarian
Jennifer Lee
TFDL 438B on Tuesdays-Thursdays
Gallagher Library (ES Ground floor) on Mondays and Fridays

Chemical & Petroleum Engineering Librarian
Gallagher Library - Thursdays, drop-in
Engineering Subject Guide