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Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry - CHEM 2110 -Weeks: Home

In-Class Activity

With your table group, skim the sources provided. For each, consider & be ready to discuss:

  • Author & their credentials
  • Overall publication
  • Sponsoring organization, if any
  • Date/currency
  • Potential bias
  • Intended audience
  • (How) would you use this source?

Sources provided:

Basic Element Information

Interactive Periodic Table (Royal Society of Chemistry):
Select your element for detailed information, including media. You can also filter by group, temperature, classification, etc. Select Visual Elements images for artwork representing each element.

Elements Widget:
Search for your element below & choose Submit. Basic element information will display in a pop-up window (turn off browser pop-up blocker).

Background Articles

Advanced Google Searching

Government agencies have lots of great information related to elements, especially practical aspects & current issues.

Limit by domain name to see results only from .gov sites.  Example: nitrogen

Use quotation marks to search for logical phrases. Example: "nitrogen dioxide"

A little fun from ACS


Rod Library Books

These books are available at Rod Library or are e-books as noted. Those marked with * are recommended by Dr. Weeks.

Make careful note of policies listed for each item. Some items stay in the library regardless of shelving location. If you want to request exceptions or changes to the policy for a particular item, contact Anne Marie. Free scanners are available on the library's main floor.

Item you want checked out? Sign into OneSearch & request to get on the waiting list. 

Subject Guide

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Mondays 1:30-3:30 next to McCollum 201;
Wednesdays 1:30-3:30 outside Sabin 235;
or by appointment

Presentation Tips

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* Include minimal text & ample visuals. For images you can use with no copyright worries, see Creative Commons search aggregator.

* Use PowerPoint as a tool. It can create an outline for you once you have slide headings.

* Use high-contrast color combinations (ie. dark text on light background).

* Cite all sources of information, including images. For citation tips & examples, see the Citation Help tab above.

* Practice, practice, practice.

* Use the resources from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.