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Chemical Engineering Research Guide

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Finding Background Information

Use these sources to gain familiarity with your topic, narrow your research question, provide context, and identify experts.

Finding Scholarly Sources

Use these sources to find scholarly/peer-reviewed materials in your field

Organize Citations

Using a citation manager or organizer can a) help you create citations and b) allow you to keep all of your citations contained

Understanding Scientific Primary and Secondary Sources

Primary sources = Original Research
  • Written by the scientists(s) or researcher(s) who conducted the experiment or study
  • Should include sections detailing how the research was performed such as methodology, results, and discussion/conclusions
Secondary sources = Summarize, Review or Compare
  • Authors did not conduct the research studies which are mentioned or cited in the article themselves
  • Purpose is to summarize, review, or compare the published research on a specific topic