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CHEMISTRY 1105 : Green Chemistry
Richard Jarman

Marge Peters . (630) 942-2337 . petersm@cod.edu


1: FIND YOUR PRODUCT
Visit a local grocery store, hardware store, or garden center, especially one that specializes in "organic" foods and products. Look for cleaners, foods, cosmetics, pesticides, etc. that indicate that they are "green" or "eco-friendly"

Check issues of the magazine E-The Environmental Magazine and look at the ads for numerous types of products which are promoted as environmentally friendly.

2: RESEARCH YOUR PRODUCT IN MAGAZINES, JOURNALS AND NEWSPAPERS
On Library home page: www.cod.edu/library, click on Databases.
Choose such databases as Academic OneFile (change search to Basic search)
Academic Search Premier
Business Source Complete

Type name of product in search box search. Watch for titles with "Text", "PDF" and, if Abstract only, "Find this ".
Can limit to only Full Text articles and Refereed Journals (research articles). Look for information on company's "green" philosophy and evaluations of product.

3: THE INTERNET

• Search Engines and Directories:

Search engines , such as Google, or Yahoo, Ask.com match key words via software programs called "robots" or "spiders". See links from Library Home Page under Web Sites tab. For a better search, use quotation marks ("....") around phrases. Be sure to look for information on the company that produces your product, any evaluations, and Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) on the product you have chosen. You may need to call the company to obtain these sheets that list chemicals in the product and any known hazards.

4: GREEN CHEMISTRY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS

• Find books in the Library.
Go to http://lrc.cod.edu/ Do a subject search under the topic: Environmental Chemistry -- Industrial Applications

• Look for articles on Green Chemistry in the databases linked above
Academic OneFile (Use Subject Search)
Academic Search Premier
Business and Company ASAP (Use Subject Search)
Business Source Elite

• Green Chemistry Websites:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:
http://www.epa.gov/greenchemistry

Canadian Green Chemistry Network
http://www.greenchemistry.ca/

Zero Waste Alliance
http://www.zerowaste.org

Citing sources: MLA, APA and ACS (Chemistry) formats

 

 

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