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Chemistry and Physics Orientation
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Chemistry and Physics Orientation

Chemistry/Physics 194

Chemistry and Physics Orientation

General discussion of library

The library provides access to resources for research and entertainment. Some examples of these resources include books, journals, movies, databases, and articles. 

  1. This is not a random collection of items.  All the items in the library have been selected and evaluated based on the needs of the students and faculty at Purdue University - Calumet
  2. The library is here for you to use!  I personally love it when students check items out, use the databases, and ask me questions.  
  3. The library’s staff are here to support your success at Purdue - Calumet

Library Policies (handout)

  1. Please take note of the policies. Librarians are not known for their flexibility.
  2. The reason for all the rules is because we all share the library.
  3. Vendors put restrictions on how we can use their product.
  4. One rule to remember – When you want check something out bring your Purdue I.D.

Different types of sources need for this assignment

  1. Print sources

What is a print source?

A print source is a source that is housed in the library and does not come from a printer at the time of retrieval.  Anything from the library’s stacks, reference, periodicals or reserve would be a print item.

                        How would you find a print source?

a)     Use the “Print Only”  tab in Primo or Search Pulse 

b)     Find the call number

c)      Go to the Location


From the Primo website click on the “Print and Online” tab and enter your search term “buckyballs”.  Primo allows you to narrow your search.

Image of Primo homepage


To select print items available in the library click on “Available”. You will also notice that you can refine your search with the  links on the left side of the page.

The search results show you the title, author, and call number.

Image of Primo search results

Online sources

What is an online source?

An online source comes from one of the library databases.  It could be an article, electronic book, or journal.  While it is possible to find an online source with a search engine such as Google Scholar, for this assignment we will focus on the library databases.

How would you find an online source with Primo?

1.       Use the “Online Material” tab in Primo

2.      Enter “buckyballs” as your search term.  

3.      The results for this search show you the title, author, journal, and full-text availability of the article. The icon to the left identifies the source as an article. 

4.      Notice “refine my results” column on the left which allows you to improve your results or find related articles. This is one of Primo’s strengths.

Image of Primo results showing links to peer reviewed articles


How do you know it’s a high-quality source?  You evaluate the source. (Show some examples)

a)     Who is the author?

b)     What are the author’s credentials and background?

c)      Is there an academic institution associated with the article or publication?

d)     Do you see a bibliography?



Evaluation Of A Information Source

This is a link to a checklist for evaluation of an Information Source

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