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  • 1. Introduction to the Chemical Literature and Library Research CHEM 496 January 30, 2008 Elizabeth Brown [email_address] (607)777-4882 Science Library 102A
  • 2. How are Journals and Magazines Different?
    • Scholarly Journals, Peer-reviewed Journals, Research Journals
    • Peer-reviewed by scientists and researchers.
    • Articles have been selected and published from submissions.
    • Popular Journals, Magazines, Newspapers
    • NOT peer –reviewed.
    • Submissions are accepted and corrected grammatically.
    • Scientific content of the article is not evaluated.
  • 3. Chemical and Scientific Literature
    • Primary Literature : original research results and data.
      • Journal articles, dissertations, patents, research reports, journal article supplementary material
      • Current Research @ BU
  • 4. Secondary Literature
    • Analyzed, summarized, synthesized data
      • Indexes and abstracts of the scientific literature – Scifinder Scholar, INSPEC, Web of Science
  • 5. Tertiary Literature
    • Collections of previously published material, data, and ideas
      • Textbooks, Review articles, Handbooks, Encyclopedias
  • 6. How Are Scientific Papers Published?
    • Scholarly articles go through the peer review process :
    • Articles submitted to a journal by researchers
    • Referees (reviewers) chosen to read submissions and judge quality of the research in the manuscript
    • Referees - senior researchers, tenured professors
    • Several referees evaluate each submitted article
    • Referees evaluate the manuscripts
      • reject a submission
      • recommend changes be made before publication
      • accept the paper without changes
    • Depending on selectivity and prestige of a journal, acceptance of a paper can be either very selective or non-selective
  • 7. Prestigious Journals in Chemistry – Some Examples
  • 8. Types of Research Articles - Letters
    • Letter (or Communication) (1-2 pages)
    • Short article on a new research discovery or breakthrough
    • Usually a single experiment or idea is discussed
    • Part of the letter discusses the importance of the results shown
  • 9. Types of Research Articles – Journal Articles
    • Journal Article (or Article) (5-20 pages)
    • Medium-length summary of a series of research experiments
    • Most common-type of peer-review publication
    • Usually written within one research group, but frequently collaborators in different labs and departments work together
  • 10. Types of Journal Articles – Review Articles
    • Review Article
    • Long review of developments in a general research field, usually 100 pages or more.
    • Usually written by one author, someone well known and respected in that field.
    • Will have many references to previous journal literature articles (over 100 references total.)
  • 11. Locating Journals in the Science Library
    • Search infoLINK Library catalog for journal titles
    • Request pre-1990 journals from the Library Annex - online request form available
    • Use ILLiad Interlibrary Loan for items not in infoLINK
    • ILL can take 1-2 weeks or more - plan ahead!
  • 12. How do I find Journal Articles?
    • Scifinder Scholar (Chemical Abstracts Online)
    • Indexes chemical research in universities, national labs, and chemical industry
    • Contains journal articles, conference proceedings papers, and patents
    • Over 27 million documents are indexed from 10,000 chemistry and chemistry-related journals
    • Covers research from 1907 to the present in Chemistry, Chemical Technology, Biochemistry, Materials Science
    • Published by Chemical Abstracts Services (CAS), a division of the American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • 13. Using Scifinder Scholar
    • Databases:
    • Chemical Abstracts – chemistry journal literature
    • Medline – medical journal literature
    • CAS Registry: 33 million organic and inorganic substances, 50 million genetic sequences
    • Casreact: 14 million single and multi-step reactions
    • Chemcats: catalogs of commercially available chemicals
    • Chemlist: chemical regulations
  • 14. Scifinder Searching
    • Explore by Research Topic
    • Analyzing Results
    • Explore by Author Name
    • Explore by Chemical Structure
    • Locate by Bibliographic Information
    • Printing and Saving Results
  • 15. I. Explore by Research Topic
    • Select Explore
    • Select Research Topic
  • 16.  
  • 17. Topic Candidates
  • 18.  
  • 19. II. Analyze Results
  • 20. Analyze Results
  • 21. III. Explore by Author Name
  • 22. IV. Explore by Chemical Structure
  • 23. Explore by Chemical Structure
  • 24.  
  • 25. Other Chemical Literature Databases
    • MDL Crossfire Commander 7.0 (Beilstein Crossfire) organic chemical preparations, reactions, and properties
    • BIOSIS – biochemistry, medicinal chemistry
    • Engineering Index (Compendex) – mechanical engineering, civil engineering, conference papers
    • INSPEC – physical chemistry, materials science, electrical engineering, computer science, information technology, conference proceedings papers
    • MEDLINE – biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical and drug developments
    • Web of Science – interdisciplinary areas, keyword and phrase searching
  • 26. Journal Articles Online
    • metaLINK
    • Chemistry Subject Resources
    • Publisher web sites:
      • American Chemical Society
      • Royal Society of Chemistry
      • ScienceDirect (Elsevier)
      • Wiley Interscience
      • SpringerLINK
  • 27. Citing the Chemical Literature
    • Coghill, Anne M. and Lorrin R. Garson, The ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information , 3 rd ed., ACS Publications, 2006 Science Library Reserves QD8.5 .A25 2006
    • Citing References According to the ACS Style Guide (Class Handout)
  • 28. Chemical Spectra
    • The Aldrich library of C13 and H NMR spectra QD96.F68 P67 1993 (Science Reference)
    • The Aldrich library of NMR spectra QD96.N8 P68 1983 (Science Reference)
    • The Sigma library of FT-IR spectra QD96.I5 K45 1986 (Science Reference)
    • Sadtler Research Laboratories Spectra Series (green binding): Absorbance, IR, NMR (Science Lib. Indexes)
  • 29. Web of Science
    • 1983-2008
    • 8,600+ journals total
      • Physical and Life Sciences – 6,100
      • Social sciences – 1,790 titles
      • Arts & humanities – 1,125 titles
    • Contains
      • journal articles
      • conference proceedings
      • book and product reviews
  • 30. Web of Knowledge 3.0 Home Page
  • 31. Web of Science 7.0 “ Quick Search” Easy To Search! General, Cited Reference, Chemical Structure, and Advanced Search options Databases and Depth-of-File
  • 32. Web of Science 7.0 Easy To Search!
    • Topic
    • Author
    • Group Author
    • Source Title (Journal Title)
    • Address
    The General Search is designed to be simplistic enough for virtually anyone to begin to use with little-to-no training. .
  • 33. Go to Current Contents Connect Go to BIOSIS Previews Current Contents Connect CC Connect Table-of-Contents BIOSIS Previews Journal Citation Reports
  • 34. Link to the full-text within e-journals to which your institution subscribes. Current Contents Connect CC Connect Table-of-Contents BIOSIS Previews Journal Citation Reports
  • 35. Cited Reference Search To be truly comprehensive in your search efforts, the Cited Reference Search is essential in that it can retrieve information often missed through use of Key-words alone. Identify an Author or Paper that is very relevant to your search topic.
  • 36. Identify an Author or Paper that is very relevant to your search topic. As little information as an author name is sufficient to initiate a Cited Reference Search. Works for Cited Authors are identified. The “Finish Search” option will retrieve papers that have referenced the work or works we have selected. The Cited Reference Search – Easy to Perform, and Extremely Valuable for Comprehensive Searching.
  • 37. 2004 Cited References 2000 1998 2001 1993 2003 Times Cited Related Records 2003 2004 1999 2002 1994 2004  Citing  From just a single record within the Web of Science, expand your search by simply following the links designed to drive discovery. … moving Backward in time via Cited References , Forward in time via Times Cited , and through Related Records .