CHEM 1903: Chemistry in the Kitchen

Finding Background Information on Food & Chemical Substances

Encyclopedias are a good way to get background information. They provide a broad overview of your topic and put it in the context of what is already known about the subject. 

References are included at the ends of articles to point you to further information. The long reference lists are a good way to identify useful articles. See this tutorial on finding an article when you have the citation in hand

Finding Food Science-Related Articles

Use an article index or database to find articles on your topic. An article index gives you information about articles such as article title, abstract, author, journal or magazine name, issue, and year. Sometimes the whole article is included. If not, you can often link out to it. 

Creating References & Bibliographies

Importing to Zotero from SciFinder-n:

  1. Select reference(s) of interest by checking numbered box(es)
  2. Select Download Results (down arrow icon) at the top right of results list.
  3. Under File Type, select Citation (.ris).
  4. Change the File Name to something you'll recognize.
  5. Select Download.
  6. You can choose to Open the file with Zotero (it will import). Otherwise, save the file, open Zotero, select File then Import, locate the RIS file and select it, and it will be added to your Zotero library.

ACS Style is not a default style in Zotero. Go to the Zotero Style Repository to download the ACS .csl file at Find instructions on installing new styles at

Last Updated: Aug 10, 2023 11:25 AM