Everyone will approach the collection and organization of research sources in different ways to suit their own preferences. However, the following advice generally applies:
Common writing assignment in chemistry courses include:
Information types that you should draw upon when researching for such assignments include:
The Library also has a number of books providing a more detailed overview of doing research and reporting in physical sciences. Check them out:
It is vital to properly and consistently cite the information sources that you use in your assignments. Nevertheless, there is no single preferred citation style in chemistry. In some cases, your professor may require you to cite sources in common styles such as APA. However, your professor may require you to follow citation styles of major chemistry journals and societies such as the American Chemistry Society (ACS) or the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).
For your reference, here is the ACS Style Guide:
It is important that you check with your professor on what citation style to use. Click the link below for a quick reference to commonly used citation styles.
Organizing and citing your sources can be challenging, but fortunately there are several free online tools to help you. These allow you to:
The Library recommends the following tools:
Turnitin is an online software program that can compare submitted academic assignments against an extensive database of published and unpublished information, and provide a report on the degree of similarity between the assignment and the material in that database.
To ensure that interested students are able to submit their assignments to Turnitin, the Library maintains a practice Turnitin Assignment on a designated course site on HKBU Moodle.
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