Scifinder Client To Web

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Scifinder Client To Web

  1. 1. SciFinder Scholar – client to Web Anne Costigan
  2. 2. By the end of this session you will <ul><li>Understand the differences between the old (client) version of SciFinder and the new (Web) version </li></ul><ul><li>Understand how these differences affect you </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is SciFinder Scholar? <ul><li>The online version of Chemical Abstracts </li></ul><ul><li>Major database of chemistry </li></ul><ul><li>Guide to journal articles and other types of publication </li></ul><ul><li>Also provides data </li></ul>
  4. 4. SciFinder Scholar <ul><li>Search engine for journal articles in chemistry </li></ul><ul><li>And also… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Patents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conference papers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dissertations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Largest bibliographic database in the world </li></ul>
  5. 5. SciFinder Scholar covers <ul><li>References </li></ul><ul><li>Substances </li></ul><ul><li>Reactions </li></ul><ul><li>Also includes a version of Medline </li></ul>
  6. 6. What has stayed the same? <ul><li>One simultaneous user </li></ul><ul><li>On-campus only </li></ul><ul><li>15-minute timeout </li></ul><ul><li>No substructure searching in Explore Substances </li></ul><ul><li>Fundamental underlying structure is the same </li></ul>
  7. 7. Explore References <ul><li>Research topics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>general subjects </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Author name </li></ul><ul><li>Company name </li></ul><ul><li>Patent </li></ul>
  8. 8. Analysis and Refine <ul><li>Analysis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Analyse your search by selecting particular search terms, authors, document types, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Refine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Narrow down your search by selecting particular search terms, authors, document types, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Generally much easier in the new version </li></ul>
  9. 9. Result display <ul><li>Ordered by accession number (roughly by date) </li></ul><ul><li>Display includes beginning of abstract </li></ul><ul><li>Results split on many pages </li></ul>
  10. 10. Explore Substances <ul><li>Structure searching easy to find </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires Java 1.6.0 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On clusters , you will be asked to run Java Runtime Environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Say yes to every question </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Name/ CAS number/molecular formula searching </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on the links on the left-hand side </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Explore Reactions <ul><li>Also uses structure searching facility </li></ul><ul><li>Substructure searching possible </li></ul>
  12. 12. Printing and downloading <ul><li>Printing reasonably straightforward </li></ul><ul><li>Downloading </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Export rather than Save </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Security settings mean you usually have to repeat first attempt </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. EndNote and SciFinder Scholar <ul><li>Save results to a file using the Tagged format </li></ul><ul><li>Import the file into EndNote or EndNote Web using the Scifinder import filter </li></ul>
  14. 14. Advantages of Web version <ul><li>Clearer, more intuitive </li></ul><ul><li>Horrible scrolling has gone </li></ul><ul><li>Can navigate via breadcrumbs at top of display </li></ul><ul><li>Can set up alerts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create Keep Me Posted in Answer Sets </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Disadvantages <ul><li>May be slightly slower? </li></ul><ul><li>Results split on many pages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In structure searching, the compound you want is usually the last </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Need to run Java on clusters </li></ul>
  16. 16. Help <ul><li>Help – top right-hand of screen </li></ul><ul><li>Tutorials and How-To guides </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.cas.org/support/scifi/index.html </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Contact Anne Costigan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extension 3372 </li></ul></ul>

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