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Chem496 9 9 09
Chem496 9 9 09
Chem496 9 9 09
Chem496 9 9 09
Chem496 9 9 09
Chem496 9 9 09
Chem496 9 9 09
Chem496 9 9 09
Chem496 9 9 09
Chem496 9 9 09
Chem496 9 9 09
Chem496 9 9 09
Chem496 9 9 09
Chem496 9 9 09
Chem496 9 9 09
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  • 1. Chemical Literature Searching and Library Research
    CHEM 496September 9, 2009
    Elizabeth Brown
  • 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
    Several Referees read submissions, judge quality of the manuscript
    Submission outcomes:
    Rejection – not publishable
    Accepted with changes
    Accepted without changes
    Acceptance of a paper can be very selective or non-selective
  • 7. 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
  • 8. 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
  • 9. 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.)
  • 10. How do I find Journal Articles?
    Scifinder Scholar (Chemical Abstracts Online)
    Journal articles, conference proceedings papers, and patents
    Over 28 million documents from over 10,000 chemistry sources
    1907 - present
    Chemistry, Chemical Technology, Biochemistry, Materials Science
    Published by Chemical Abstracts Services (CAS), a division of the American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • 11. Using Scifinder Scholar
    Chemical Abstracts – chemistry literature
    Medline – medical 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
  • 12. Scifinder Searching
    Explore References
    More than 29 million references from more than 10,000 major scientifi c journals as well as books and scientifi c proceedings from the 1800’s to the present
    References to patent and patent families of chemical, biochemical, and engineering interest from 57 patent authorities around the world.
    Daily updates
    More than 200 million citations
    Explore Substances
    Access to the CAS RegistrySM, the largest and most authoritative source of disclosed chemical substance information
    More than 1.6 billion chemical, biological, thermal, and spectral property values
    Explore Reactions
    More than 15 million reactions that provide information on synthetic organic research, including organometallics, total syntheses of natural products, and biotransformation reactions
    Reaction conditions, yields, and catalysts
  • 13. Citation Manager Software
    Add citations
    Organize references for papers
    Create bibliographies
    Insert formatted footnotes, endnotes into documents.
    Multiple citation formats available
  • 14. Tasks in
    Import citations (Google Scholar)
    File and organize references
    Create a Bibliography
  • 15. - get started
    Go to the Libraries’ homepage:
    Select RefWorks
    Create an account
    Begin importing references
  • 16. Adding Records in
    Search Scifinder and Web of Science
    Look for citations on Google Scholar
    Import through link on results screen using Google Scholar