CHEM 2312H: Honors Organic Lab

Finding Reaction & Property Information for Organic Compounds

Finding Research Articles in Organic Chemistry

Articles are the primary way scientists communicate research results. Use an article index or database to find articles on your topic; the citation includes article information like article title, author, journal name, issue, year, and the abstract. 

When you are starting to delve into a new subject, review articles are your best friends. Most article databases will allow you to limit your search just to this type of publication or document. The long reference lists in review articles are also a good way to identify key articles.

Web of Science is particularly useful for finding references that cite older literature as it goes back to 1900.

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

Off-Campus Access to Library Journals & Databases

In addition to going through links on the library website, we have 2 other ways to access resources from off-campus.

Last Updated: Aug 10, 2023 11:31 AM