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CH 105: Chemistry and Society


Google and More

Library resources and websites for extra-credit assignments

Diving Right In

You'll find lots of great content on the Web.  However, it's important to choose these resources with care, evaluating for reliability.

Evaluating Web Sources

  • Who is the author? 

Consider searching some of the databases listed in this guide to find other publications by this author – is this author publishing in scholarly journals, as well?

  • What is his/her affiliation?  Is he/she affiliated with a respected/reliable institution -- educational, government, non-governmental agency (United Nations, for example).
  • What is the possible bias of the web site?

  • How current is the information?

A Few Science-Focused Search Engines

Listed here some of the best general-purpose science search engines.  Scroll down to find more links that might be particularly useful for this class.

Google Tips

In Google, try using the Advanced Searching option for more control of your retrieval:

Google Advanced Search link


  • Once in Advanced Search, try limiting your retrieval to the domains for educational institutions (.edu) or government web sites (.gov).  These will usually give you the most reliable information.


  • If you are unsure about the quality of a web site, take a look at the "Page-Specific Tools" option on the Advanced Search page to see what other sites are linking to the page you’re considering.  Copy and paste in the url for the page under consideration.


Try out Google Scholar – -- where your retrieval will be limited primarily to journal articles and educational web sites.

For even easier access to Boston College subscription resources, set your Google Scholar preferences to identify yourself as a Boston College user. 

Chemistry Librarian

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Enid Karr
O'Neill Library 310