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Alison Ashmore

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Academic Librarian

Please contact me if you need help finding information for your studies or have any referencing queries.

Why do I need this guide?

The aim of this guide is to help you easily identify the key chemical resources that the library provide to support your studies and to provide guidance on referencing.

Chemists need to work with quality and validated materials. The library provide access to niche chemistry search tools that can be searched using keywords and structures (see the Chemistry resources tab above).

Before you start remember to download the VPN from IT Services to gain seamless off-campus access to ebooks, e-journals, databases, e-mail and print credits etc.

If this guide does not provide you with the information that you need please contact your Alison Ashmore, your Academic Librarian.  

Other related guides you might find useful

Patents and Standards 


Library Catalogue Plus - a good place to start  

Key chemistry databases and full-text journals


General science and reference resources

Tip: Some of the abstract only databases will provide SFX links .  When you see the SFX symbol click on it and then select the  icon to access the full text where available.

Referencing & Citation

When you refer to another person’s work in your own essay, report or presentation etc. you will need to reference that work to avoid plagiarising it.  This allows the person reading your work to differentiate between your ideas and those of another person.  You can reference the work in two ways:

  • Citation, also called an in-text citation.  This accompanies the quote, extract, paraphrasing or illustration that you have used and provides the name of the author/creator, date and page numbers if relevant. For example:

‘Recent research (Smith, 2015, pp. 201-203) challenges previous theories…..’

  •  Bibliography, provides the details of all the sources which you have consulted during your research.  If you are referencing a printed book you will need to include the following details: author/editor; publication year; title; edition if not the first; place of publication; series and volume number where relevant. For example:

Smith, S. (2015). Analytical chemistry. 3rd ed. London: Oxford University Press.

An advice sheet on citing and referencing using the Harvard style can be found at this link, but always check with your supervisor what referencing style is required for your coursework.

An excellent guide to referencing which mainly includes Harvard examples is called ‘Cite them Right: the essential referencing guide’ by R. Pears and G.J. Shields.  The shelfmark is 808.027/PEA and will be located on level 2 in the library.  The 9th edition of this book include examples on how to cite webpages, e-books, blogs and wikis etc.

Reference management software

Reference management software can help you to keep track of all the references you have used in your reports, essays or final project. The library provides guidance on the following software:

There are quick start-up guides on Learn