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Project overview

The development of the modern atomic theory is a key concept in our understanding of chemistry. Over the centuries, the concept of the atom has changed and is still undergoing revision as technology develops. The purpose of this project is to research and explain one of the experiments that made a significant contribution to the current understanding of the atomic world.

Internet Resources

These internet sites have been preapproved. 
Remeber:  Any internet site you use must be checked for reliability and authority.

American Institute of Physics
Several of the scientist on your list are featured here.  Use the search tool to find their biographical information and articles about their work.

Eric Weisstein's World of Science
This site is written and maintained by scientist Eric Weisstein as a public service for scientific knowledge and education. Exellent biographial information. Be sure to search the whole site.

InfoPlease: Biographies- Notable Scientists
Good place for basic information. 

Nobel Prize Website
Several scientists on your list have won the Nobel Prize.  This site has an excellent biography section as well as a description of the scientists' work and accomplishments.

Sciene Timeline
Search for a scientist using the index or use the timeline to find out what was happening when!

What Happened and When
Brief timeline for chemistry.

Book Sources

The library has many books on these scientists in both the regular and reference collections.  Please take advantage of these print resources. See the samples below.

Search Destiny, the Library Catalog

Academic Integrity

Cite your sources!

BHS uses the MLA style of citation.  Hopefully you all have your Style Manuals from last year!  No?! Fear not, we have extra copies and it is also available on the Library Website

If you do not correctly cite your sources (this includes a Works Cited page and in-text citations) you are plagiarizing!  If you are unsure of how to correctly cite your work, check the Style Manual or ask for help!

REMEMBER:  A list of urls is not a works cited page!!!! 


Easy Bib

Easy Bib is a free, online tool to help you generate citations.  Remember, we use the newest edition of MLA- the 8th edition.

Search Tips


  • If you are doing a general internet search for your person using a search engine such as Google  try using quotes around their name plus the Boolean AND to include the word biography or any other defining term.  This could help eliminate less specific hits. Check to see which form of "AND" your search engines uses.

examples:  "Henry Moseley" AND biography  

                      "Henry Moseley" +chemistry