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CHE 4151 Chemistry Undergraduate Seminar

This guide will help senior chemistry majors complete their report for senior seminar

Writing the Report

You will need to pick a lead article to present in your seminar. 

You will also use this lead article as the basis of your report.

  • The first half of your report focuses on the corresponding author
    • You will provide a comprehensive list of all published journal articles by the corresponding author between the date of the lead article and your seminar date.
    • You will summarize how the research group has continued to work on similar projects and/or moved onto other projects
  • The second half of your report focuses on other works which the lead article has influenced
    • You will provide a comprehensive list of all published journal articles which have cited the lead article not including papers authored by the corresponding author (i.e. the papers listed in the first half of the report).
    • You will summarize how the lead article has influenced one other research group which does not include any authors of your lead article.
  • You will use an appropriate ACS format for your bibliography
  • Your report is due one week after your seminar date

Please check with your instructor that this is what they expect for the report.

Tip:  You will want to make sure you can find other more recent articles by your corresponding author and articles by other research groups citing your lead article before you finalize your decision to use that article for your seminar.

Finding articles by the corresponding author

  1. Enter the title of the paper in the search box.
  2. Click on the article entry.
  3. Click on the corresponding author's name (an author with an envelope icon.)
  4. In the pop-up box under Recent Documents, click on View all Documents.
  5. You can further refine by year and document type if you want.
  1. Enter the title of the paper in the search box.
  2. Click on the article entry.
  3. Click on the corresponding author's name (scroll down to see the corresponding authors)
  4. You can further refine by year and document type if you want.
  1. Click on the References flag on the left.
  2. Click on Advance Search
  3. Select Author Name from the menu
  4. Enter the Author's last name and his or her first initial and click the search icon.
  5. On the results page, open the Author filter on the left and select View All
  6. Click on the Alphanumeric tab.
  7. Click on the first letter of the author's last name.
  8. Select the boxes for all the possible variations of the author's name. 
    • For Patrick J Farmer, you would want to pick Farmer P, Farmer PJ, Farmer Patrick, Farmer Patrick J, Farmer Patrick Joseph, and possibly Farmer Pat and Farmer Patric
  9. You can further refine by year and document type if you want.
  10. Look through the articles and make sure they are actually by your corresponding author.  The author's affiliation (i.e. school) is usually listed, and authors tend to write with a certain set of people.

Finding articles that cite the lead article

  1. Enter the title of the article in the search box and click Search
  2. Click on the number in the Cited by column for the article entry
  3. If necessary, Limit to Document Type by Article

In Web of Knowledge

  1. Enter the title of the article in the Topic search box and click Search
  2. Click on the # Citations in the article entry
  3. If necessary, refine by Document Type to Article
  1. Click on the References flag on the left.
  2. Enter the title of the article and click the search icon
  3. Click on the Cited by (3) tab
  4. If necessary, refine by Document Type to Journal

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