The number of results retrieved will be listed at the top left of your screen.
Too many results? Add more keywords to narrow your search results.
Not enough results? Remove keywords or choose less specific keywords to broaden your search results.
Spell Check! Google your keywords to make sure you spelled them correctly. Your search will not work if your search words are not spelled properly.
Thesaurus Different databases prefer different keywords. Use the correct keywords for the database you are using. Look at the keywords that are listed for any relevant articles you retrieve and then try running a new search using those words.
If you get too many results, use the "Refine Results" column on the left side of your screen to help you narrow your search.
It's also important to keep your assignment guidelines in mind. Don't forget that you're looking for chemistry focused journal articles to use in your paper.
To narrow your search to fewer relevant results, try filtering results by publication date (for more current articles), document type (for example "Article" or "Review"), language (for example "English"), or subject area (for example "Chemistry").
You can also narrow your search by adding additional search terms into the "Refine Results" search box.
An "important" paper is one that has changed an area of research in some way. If you are trying to determine if a paper is important consider the following:
Factors affecting citation count:
How to find highly cited papers:
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