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  • Today and in future, you’ll access SciFinder via this Library Subject Guide, or on the Library’s main page, Databases A-Z (or Databases by Subject) <br />
  • If you haven’t created your account, do so now <br />
  • So what is Chem Abstracts Service? <br /> 1 – CAS is a division of the American Chemical Society, and is the only organization in the world whose objective is to find, collect and organize all publicly disclosed substance information. <br /> 2 – They employ over 600 scientists who abstract and index EACH article and patent added to CAS from over 10,000 major science journals, worldwide, and 59 patent authorities worldwide <br /> 3- Amount of work that has gone into analyzing and indexing this info is really key and is why CA is so expensive (we are paying for a single seat shared with 3-4 other institutions for about $4K a year) <br /> 4 – Daily updates <br />
  • CAplus - Literature from 1907 to the present plus selected pre-1907 references. Sources include journals, patents, conference proceedings, dissertations, technical reports, books, and more. Covers a wide spectrum of science-related information, including chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, and related sciences. <br /> MEDLINE – indexes the biomedical literature from more than 4,780 journals and 70 countries, covering literature from 1950 to the present. (NLM) <br /> CAS REGISTRY – Info on specific chemical substances, including organic and inorganic compounds, sequences, coordination compounds, polymers, and alloys covering 1957 to the present, with some classes going back to the early 1900s. <br /> CASREACT – has reaction information for single- and multiple-step reactions from 1907 to present <br /> CHEMCATS – chemical source info, including supplier addresses and pricing, for individual substances <br /> CHEMLIST – regulatory information records from 1979 to the present, including substance identity information, inventory status, sources, and compliance information. <br /> Point being: there’s a ton of info here <br />
  • Formerly, the print CA had separate volumes of these indexes (multiple volumes for each), which gave you a number to an abstract, which you then had to look up in another set of volumes containing all the abstracts, for 6 months or a year or 5 years or 10 years… point being – there were a lot of volumes you had to look through to find your article <br /> The online version contains all these indexes and abstracts in what is called *CA Plus* and has also added MEDLINE – biomedical index published by the National Library of Medicine (huge source of info in its own right, plus extra data such as Registry info on chemical substances, reaction info, regulatory info, and catalog info (for purchase) <br />
  • First thing I want to show you is the different ways you can search… I’m going to bring up a brief tutorial <br /> <br /> The SciFinder tutorial is a good intro, but doesn’t show the links to our resources because it is intended as an overview for all institutions, so I’m going to take a moment and show you what to look for in our SciFinder subscription, so that you can find the full-text <br />
  • When you find a list of references you want to look for the link for Full-Text. When you click on it, it will bring a CAS Full Text Options screen, which links to our 360 Link, also called Check Availability or Article Linker. In the case shown, the link did not resolve… <br />
  • So if you note the 360 Link frame on the top of that screen, where it reads, “Missing article? Need more sources? Get additional resources related to this” – If you click on that link, it will bring up all the options for linking to the full text. In this case, the only link that worked was the last one, with a little persistence… <br />
  • It involved clicking through to the Volume (year) and the Issue and the page number, but it finally did display, through a Full-Text PDF <br />
  • Of course, sometimes you’ll see this message displayed: <br /> Sorry, your article was not found… <br /> In this case you can either search for an archived copy on Google Scholar using the link <br /> OR <br /> You can request the article through Illiad (interlibrary loan) <br />
  • First time, you’ll need to register, so let’s take care of that now: <br /> Now, whenever you use ILLiad, you’ll be able to request articles from the Databases OR Google Scholar through ILLiad and retrieve them usually within 24 hours (demo) <br />
  • First, select the desired articles and click on ‘Export’ link. <br />
  • Select your references… and select ris as file type <br /> NOTE: If the pop-up blocker blocks your first attempt, just do again. <br />
  • Best to use Firefox <br />
  • Once logged in, go to references and select ‘import’ <br />
  • Paste in text from your clipboard and click on ‘import’ (at bottom, can’t quite see) <br />
  • Now, I’d like to turn it over to Dr. Osburn so that he can demo the other kinds of searching that can be done in SciFinder… <br />

Searching SciFinder at BU Searching SciFinder at BU Presentation Transcript

  • Searching the Chemical Literature Using SciFinder Linda Neyer, Science Librarian AL 222, 570-389-4801 Reference Desk: x4204 rev. 4/14
  • Intro (Housekeeping) • Use Firefox for your browser • Go to Library Subject page: introchemlit • Open your RefWorks, Zotero, EndNote Web, or ACS ChemWorx account • Have your SciFinder account login info at hand
  • Goals & objectives 1.Learn basic searching in ChemAbs: SciFinder 2.Obtain full-text of articles online or through interlibrary loan 3.Export records to RefWorks system from SciFinder
  • To access SciFinder
  • If you haven’t yet registered…
  • Chemical Abstracts 1. Comprehensive 2. Authoritative & accurate 3. Intellectually analyzed 4. Timely
  • Reference databases  CAplus  MEDLINE Structure database  CAS Registry Reaction database  CASREACT Commercial source database  CHEMCATS Regulatory database  CHEMLIST What’s in SciFinder?
  • Chemical Abstracts: How does print compare to online? Print Index Volumes:  Authors  Patents  General Subjects  Chemical Substances  Formulae All point you to:  Abstracts Online: SciFinder  CA Plus (all the indexes)  MEDLINE (biomedical database)  Extra data
  • Link to db Sign in screen for SciFinder
  • Ways to search
  • Using Interlibrary Loan
  • Log in (and register if 1st time user):
  • To get your references into RefWorks:
  • Select your references & Export:
  • Select Citation export format (*.ris)
  • Save (to desktop)
  • From inside RefWorks, go to ‘References’ and ‘Import’
  • Select ‘From Text File’: •Import Filter/Data Source: RIS format •Database: RIS format Then Browse to file & Import
  • Next, put the citations in your folder and go back to searching
  • Questions? Please feel free to contact me with questions or for additional help: Linda Neyer, Science Librarian AL 222, 570-389-4801 Reference Desk: x4204 ***Please complete the Library Assessment before leaving***