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Review the Writing Guide for the Cobalt Report. See section 4.1, Literature Sources, for guidelines on the types of sources you need for the report.

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Web of Science -- Article database for chemistry and other science topics.

ACS Publications -- Journals published by the American Chemical Society.

TIP: In ACS, search Journal of Chemical Education (JCE) and Inorganic Chemistry with the name of the compound you've created in the lab.


SciFinder Web

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SciFinder Web provides bibliographic and patent information from Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) from 1907 to the present. It is available to UIUC/UIC users 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Please see the SciFinder official Web site for more information about SciFinder Web.  In order to search SciFinder Web, you must be a current affiliate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and you must register for a SciFinder Web account.  In addition, you must read and agree to the license agreement set forth by CAS.

You must connect to SciFinder Web via a University of Illinois IP address, that is, from on-campus locations or off campus with a VPN connection or by the proxy connection from the Chemistry Library Web page.

If you have trouble registering to use SciFinder, please contact Chemical Abstracts Service at They can reset your password and make any necessary changes to your registration information.


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  • If you do not see links to full text of articles in SciFinder, you will need to disable your browser's pop-up blocker.
  • Search for the parent compound as a primary search if the derivative search fails.
  • Use citations from a good, on-target article to expand your list of references.
  • Find an article without limiting to preparations and check its citation list. The author most likely has cited the original preparation.
  • Limit search time period to 1970-1989.
  • It is NOT necessary to put the formula in Hill Order when searching SciFinder by Molecular Formula.

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