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CHEM 1202 Assignment & Overview

Watch the video below for your Librarian, Kalen's, introduction to your assignment and the resources on this guide that will help you complete it. The Deliverables & Details tab linked on the left of this section contains more detail about the assignment deliverables.



The Details:

  • All parts of this assignment are due for your next dry lab and should be submitted electronically via dropbox.

  • This assignment has three deliverables you will need to submit: 1) Tile, 2) Artists' Statement, and 3) Library Worksheet

  • If you have questions about requirements, due dates, submission, or the science you encounter in this assignment contact your Lab Instructor!

  • If you have questions or challenges with finding information, accessing resources, or citation, please contact your Librarian!

The Deliverables:

1.  TILE: This is the visual representation of the element you have chosen or been assigned by your Lab Instructor.  Use the Tile template document below as a base for the shape and dimensions of the project.  The Tile Details listed below provides some more details on the parameters of the tile requirements. You can use whatever medium you choose, digital, drawing, paint, 3-dimensional objects, you will be submitting your final work electronically, so you may need to create a photo or other digital format for submission.

Tile template 

Tile Details: 

  • Hexagon canvas is 8 inches from flat side to flat side
  • Artwork can depict the element in an obvious (discoverer, location, or experiment) or subtle way
  • Atomic number and symbol must be clearly displayed
  • Original work only, the choice of the medium is up to the artist(s)
  • Please do not use copyrighted images

2.  ARTISTS' STATEMENT: Typed 1/2 to 1-page long description of the details you used to create the imagery you chose and why you chose those details/imagery, with appropriate in-text citations and reference list at the end. You will need to use at least three different sources of information for this project.

3.  LIBRARY WORKSHEET: This worksheet was created in Word so you can type right into it and also save it as a Google Doc.  The worksheet guides you through some categories and questions to consider when looking for information; start with the basics before moving onto the interesting details and remember to evaluate all of the information you are finding. Use the resources highlighted in the Sources of Information section below to help you find the information you will need to complete the worksheet.

Importance of Creativity & Communication in Science

National Geographic (2015). Creativity and Science, Coming Together | Star Talk. [video] Available at: [Accessed 25 Oct. 20]

If you are interested in more information on the importance of creativity in the sciences, the comment article below from the journal Nature is a good place to start.  The reference section contains a wealth of resources relating to creativity in the sciences!

Lehmann, J., Gaskins, B. Learning scientific creativity from the arts. Palgrave Commun. 2019, 5, 96.

Evaluation of Information

The worksheet asks you to stop and think about whether the piece of information you have is accurate and whether there may be a better source for your information.  Before you can get to the creative process you need to make sure the information you are using is accurate. The best way to do this is to ask yourself a few questions about the details you have found about your element.  The table below is meant to be a helpful prompt for you to evaluate the information you are finding.

Radom, Rachel. "Evaluating Information Sources Using the 5 Ws". OER Commons. Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education, 04 Jan. 2017. Web. 17 May 2019. <>.


Is this information accurate?

Is there a more reliable source to compare this information to?

Sources of Information

Check out the resources below to find the basic what/who/where/when/why information on your element.  CLICK on the linked resource title to search for your element after watching the brief demonstration video below each title. Once you have been through these resources, move on to the Interesting Details tab for a few more places to look. You will need to login using your MyMRU login and password to use these resources from off-campus.

Handbooks:  CRC Handbook of Chemistry & Physics


Databases:  PubChem  & PubChem Periodic Table of the Elements


Encyclopedias & Dictionaries:  Oxford Reference

Some of the sources of Basic information may have already started providing you with interesting details.  Here are a few more places to look for this type of information, especially history and current events about your element.

Library Search


Ebooks:  Ebook Central


Google Search:

Visual Inspiration

For some inspiration, CLICK on the links below to see some examples of creative expressions of scientific information:​

ACS Citation

The MRU ACS Citation Guide can be a good resource for citation for your assignment.  The Reference List Examples section includes some of the resources you'll need for this assignment e.g. MSDS and e-encyclopedias.

Watch the video below for more information on how to use the ACS Citation Guide page.


If you require more help with ACS try the ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication website 


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