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CHM321 Research Skills Guide: Home


Welcome to the CHM321 tutorial.

This tutorial was made for you by a librarian from Charles Sturt Library. It is designed help you find the material you need for your assignments.

We will cover the best way to:

  • Identify the information you will need for your assessment
  • Find relevant sources using the Library and the internet
  • Evaluate your results for suitability
  • Use the information in your assessment

You can use this guide any way you like; read it front to back or dip in and out as required. I recommend taking a few minutes to familiarise yourself with the content so you know what's in there in case you find yourself stuck later on.

Keep in mind that research is not a linear process and may not always follow a particular order of steps.

Most important of all, use your librarians! If you need help with anything library or research related, get in touch with the library.

Best wishes for your studies.

Lauren Brumby (she/her)
Charles Sturt librarian

Your Assignment

Start by reading the following article, which compares safety issues in chemistry laboratories in the UK and the US and gives you some background to the types of issues that are considered following a laboratory accident.

Van Noorden, R. (2011). A death in the lab: Fatality adds further momentum to calls for a shake-up in academic safety culture. Nature, 472, 270-271.

With this as background to inform your thinking, you are to write your essay on the specific laboratory accident: The deadly accident Los Angeles - Dec. 29, 2008, UCLA Molecular Sciences Building.


Please refer to the CHM321 Subject Outline for full details of your assessment task.


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