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Enhancing the Creativity of the Research Project (CHEM T-280)

Finding Books + Articles

You'll be using our library system, Summon, to find books + articles to support your research. Check out the brief video on using features in Summon.

Dragon Search

Google Scholar logoClick the hamburger menu in the upper left and select Settings. Select Library Links and search for Drexel. Select all the Drexel options and hit Save.

Now when you use Google Scholar, a link to full-text items at Drexel University Libraries will appear (GetIt@Drexel). Click this link and it will direct you to the full-text (or search for the article or book title in Summon).


WorldCat is the world's largest network of library content and services. Search many libraries at once for an item (books, articles + media) and then locate it in a library nearby. (Note: Drexel University Libraries is not in WorldCat.)

Citation Chaining

Citation chaining (or chasing) is one of my favorite things to do because it helps you visualize the scholarly conversation about your topic. Watch this very brief video from Seattle University Library about using Google Scholar for citation chaining.


Web of Science citation chainingYou can use citation chaining right in the DU Libraries discovery system, Summon. In your results, look for a small box that say Web of Science and a number. This is a link to Web of Science and will show you items in Web of Science that cite that source. Or, in Summon, click on Cites / Cited by.

Action Prompts