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  1. Apr 27, 2014 #1
    I often confront a problem that when I need to get some more information about some topic, it is very hard to find such information.

    For example, I would like to get some more knowledge about principals of dichroism and polarizational filters. I searched for a while but still can not manage to find something useful. I know what they do in general, but physical processes behind are usually omited everywhere.

    How do you search for relevant information in such cases? Are there any resources you can recommend?

    Such as:

    But, mentioned web resources mostly work as a "handbook" which does not really explain how stuff works, but only explains the meanings.

    Wikipedia and google are out of the list

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  3. Apr 27, 2014 #2


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    In terms of scientific literature:

    You took google off the list, but Google Scholar is a great one for an initial literature search. It orders literature by most cited. You should double-check that journals you find exist on the ISI master list, of course. You could also search the Physics Review A. I see a lot of articles on circular dichroism in molecular biology journals.
  4. Apr 27, 2014 #3

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    Practice ! You'll learn what terms produce scholarly results. Search engines track your activity and offer up content according to what paths you traditionally follow.

    So train your search engine.
    Stay away from girlie sites.
    Pick technical terms from the articles you get and search on those.
    Read the references in wiki articles.
    You'll notice your search engine adapts, trying to please you.

    I've got my google trained to where it's almost as good as the old AltaVista.

    old jim
  5. Apr 27, 2014 #4


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    Before the internet, one would use a library search.

    Most fundamental scientific information would be found in a relevant textbook.

    Google is a search engine, much like a library search facility. Wikipedia is a start, although not fully verified.

    Using Google with "principles of dichroism" leads one to:

    http://www.chem.uci.edu/~dmitryf/manuals/CD%20spectroscopy.pdf [Broken]
    Department of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine

    Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, Birkbeck, University of London
    notes written by Kurt D. Berndt, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

    http://www.niu.edu/analyticallab/cd/handout.pdf [Broken]
    Northern Illinois University

    Be careful to spell terms correctly.
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