These are the best databases for finding primary literature in chemistry.
First, you must register for an account here. If you are trying to register off-campus, you will need to clikc on the link while connected remotely through VDI. Once registered, you will not need to use VDI to use the database.
In reference search, focus on specific document types more likely to be primary sources. On the search results page, select clinical trial, conference, journal, and report from the left-hand tool bar.
Note: Select each limiter (e.g. clinical trial or conference) one at a time and wait for the results to reload before choosing another limiter.
On the search results page, the Sort by options can be helpful. Select Publication Year: Newest to get the most recent articles at the top of the list. Select Times Cited to get the most cited articles at the top of the list.
Read the abstract for descriptions that indicate the article is a primary source.
SciFinder-n Scholar is not a full-text database. It does not include article PDFs. Use the Full Text button to help find full text. See below in another box for more information.
SciFinder-n and Scopus are not full-text databases. Neither includes article PDFs for download. They do, however, link to the library's Full Text Finder to help you find the articles.
In SciFinder, click the Full Text button found on the search results page under each article title and select Trinity U. Library. In Scopus, click the LinkSource button found on the research results page under each article title.
The Full Text Finder will list options for getting the PDF of an article. The example below shows every option. Not all options will be available for every article. These are the options you want to look for: