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Information Resoruces For Chemists Nov08


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Slides to go with the lecture and workbook for postgraduate chemistry students and academic staff based at the University of Leicester, UK

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Information Resoruces For Chemists Nov08

  1. 1. Information Resources for Post- Graduate Chemists Nov 2008 Gareth J Johnson David Wilson Library Slides online at:
  2. 2. Today’s Session  Aims ◦ Get you familiar with accessing Leicester’s suite of information resources for Chemists ◦ Demonstrate searching techniques ◦ Provide some hands on time with searches ◦ Give you a chance for some 1-2-1 support with your searching
  3. 3. Session Outline  Accessing information resources on/off campus  Searching the key resources  Refining search results  Alternatives to databases  Building your own bibliography (briefly)  Professional Networks at Leicester
  4. 4. Resources at Leicester  Allaccessed via Leicester Digital Library  Nearly all available off campus too  Each indexes a different range of journals  To be comprehensive will need to search more than one!  Specialist Chemistry ones exist
  5. 5. Which Databases to Use?  Depends on your research area ◦ Expect to have to get to know how to use more than one or two  Some multidisciplinary ones ◦ SCOPUS, Web of Knowledge  Some more subject specific ◦ BIOSIS Previews, Medline, Crossfire  Subject Rooms have some guidance
  6. 6. How Many is Enough?  Comprehensive searching requires using several ◦ Omissions and overlap between resources  No literature review is 100% authoritative  Rules of thumb ◦ Expect to search 3-5 quality resources ◦ See previous theses for guidance in scope  Bibliographic software can assist in eliminating duplicate results
  7. 7. Web of Science  Part of the Web of Knowledge ◦ Can be searched independently or as part  Keyword searching tools ◦ Boolen operators AND, OR, NOT ◦ Brackets () and truncation * available ◦ No phrase searching  Good searches easy to build ◦ E.g. (polymeric or solid phase*) and support  Author Searching ◦ Malpass J*  Citation searching available  Demo
  8. 8. Scopus  Subject/Keyword Searching ◦ Use double quotes for phrases  e.g. “ solid phase”  Keyword searching tools ◦ Boolen operators AND, OR, NOT ◦ Brackets () and truncation * available  Good searches easy to build ◦ E.g. (polymeric or solid phase*) and support  Author Searching ◦ Malpass J*  Citation searching available  Demo
  9. 9. Crossfire Commander  A specialist Chemistry database  Available on or off campus ◦ Password Required for off campus access ◦ Available on Library Webpages on Campus  Source of information for chemical information users  Covers material back to the 18th century ◦ 1770s – date  Updated quarterly
  10. 10. Crossfire Commander  Comprises two databases: ◦ Beilstein which covers organic compounds ◦ Gmelin which covers inorganic, organometallic and coordination compounds.  Special software is required to access CrossFire  Install from CFS Software 2 Select/Remove option  Using Crossfire it is possible to search using ◦ Chemical structures and sub-structures as starting points ◦ To look for preparations of compounds, reactions and properties
  11. 11. Searching Crossfire Commander  Structure searching ◦ Uses structure editor ◦ Can search on structure, sub-structure and also reactions  Can also be searched by property values, keywords ◦ Keyword search uses fact editor ◦ Truncation and Boolean operators available  Indexes can be browsed ◦ E.g. chemical names, partial names and formulae ◦ Demo
  12. 12. SciFinder Scholar  A specialist Chemistry database  Available on ONLY Campus maximum 2 users at any time  Covers all aspects of chemistry from 1907 onwards ◦ Updated Daily ◦ Covers over 8,000 chemistry related journals, patents from 30 countries ◦ Also books, dissertations and reports. ◦ Contains over 20 million records.  Based on the printed abstract publication: Chemical Abstracts. ◦ Covers organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, applied chemistry, chemical engineering, physical chemistry, biochemistry and macromolecular chemistry
  13. 13. SciFinder Scholar  Includes ChemAbs sub-databases: ◦ CAS registry numbers ◦ Caplus - bibliographic records ◦ CASREACT - reaction information ◦ CHEMCATS - chemical supplier information on and regulatory ◦ CHEMLIST - information  Special software is required to access SciFinder Scholar ◦ Install from CFS Software 2 Select/Remove option
  14. 14. Searching SciFinder Scholar  Can be searched via ◦ phrase, author, chemical name, chemical structure, formula or CAS registry number  Subject/Topic search ◦ Use natural language queries ◦ Identifies keywords/concepts for you ◦ Automatically truncates words ◦ Synonyms and variant spellings are automatically searched  Structure searching possible  Demo
  15. 15. Refining Your Search  Expect to revise your initial search ◦ Rarely work exactly right first time  May need to expand ◦ Include more synonymous terms or truncation  May to need to focus ◦ Use more specific terms or use filters  May need to rethink approach ◦ Try different resources ◦ Reconsider search terminology or logic  May need to combine separate searches together
  16. 16. Other Tools  Saved searches ◦ Can be used for search alerts on some resources  Subject index searching ◦ Using controlled terms rather than keywords  Open Access ◦ Freely available quality research ◦ Online search engines available  OpenDOAR, BASE Academic Search ◦ No need to worry about if the University subscribes to the journals ◦ Reliable quality alternative
  17. 17. Bibliographic Software  There to aid you in managing your search results ◦ Build a personal bibliography ◦ Eliminate duplicate results from multiple databases ◦ Citation insertion into Word documents ◦ Inserts custom bibliography formatted to house or particular journal styles  On campus support for RefWorks and Endnote ◦ Further training online or classroom sessions available
  18. 18. It’s A Small World(z)  If you haven’t already, join the Leicester Science graduate online community ◦  Interact with scientists, academics, fellow students and research support staff  Discover Twitter feeds, blogs and social networking identities  Share experiences and peer support  Keep up to date on new developments
  19. 19. Contacts  General enquiries ◦ ◦ 0116-252-2043  For searching/database support ◦ Gareth J Johnson (Physical & Biological Sciences) ◦
  20. 20. Slides Available online at: SlideShare