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A guide to researching in chemistry


Chemistry Research

This guide will help students find, evaluate, and use materials (articles, books, and other media) for research in chemistry.

Picking a Topic

Deciding on a research topic can be difficult, but this doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong.

The route you take to picking a topic depends on numerous factors, including:

  • Your background knowledge
  • Scope of the research project
  • Information available

The video below from NC State provides a helpful overview of the process of picking a research topic:

Resources for Background Knowledge

The resources below can be useful for developing background knowledge on a topic, which will help you decide a focus for your research: