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Scientists Who Changed the World

Biography/Contributions and Molecular Info

You'll want to start your project by discovering what information about your scientists and molecules are available on Google

Do a simple search for your scientist's name and see what sources of information start to come up.  Are they authoritative sources?  Why do you believe they contain good information?

Have other questions about whether or not a source might be authoritative?  Check out the COD library guide to evaluating sources

Once you've done a basic Google search, look for a Wikipedia article about your scientist or molecule. 

Find citations in Wikipedia or another website that you want to be able to use?  Watch the video below in order to learn what information we might have online, and how to request what we don't.

Digging Deeper: Library Databases and the Catalog

Once you've searched Google and made notes about what you can find there, you'll want to turn to see what other sources of information you can find about your scientists. 

You can also search the library catalog for information about your scientist or product. 

One place to start is looking in the catalog.  Search for your scientist(s) and their molecule or compound here.

Next, search the databases below to find more information about your topic.  Not every scientist will have information located in every database.  Want to see some sample searches?  Look for the video at the bottom of this box. 

Environmental & Health Information

Many of the sources above will have information about recycling/disposal and production of your molecules, especially US Newsstream and Wikipedia.  Make note of any extra information you'll want to include in your presentation. You can also try the reference databases below to see what you can find:

Still looking for information? Try Googling your molecule and EPA or and health to see what you find. Be sure to evaluate the website that you're looking at to make sure that it is one you should trust.

Cite: APA Style for Chemistry Presentations

First Steps:

You'll want to make sure that you are noting the important information to be able to create your own citations for this project.  Need help?  See the links below or ask the reference desk.  Be sure to look at the sample presentation linked at the bottom of the box as well.

In-Text Citations

Number each source on your work cited slide. Now, add numerical citations to each slide where one of your works cited is referenced.

For example:
Rachel Fuller Brown and Elizabeth Lee Hazen..... and synthesized nystatin (5).

Your audience would then know that the facts came from source #5 in your citation list.


Sample Presentation 

You can also see an example powerpoint presentation with citations below: 

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