Chemistry Database Tips 2010

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Chemistry Database Tips for CHEM381 and CHEM324 students. Slides cover the research process, defining a topic and evaluating sources, and a summary of the session's introduction to ChemSpider, Web of Science and SciFinder.

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Chemistry Database Tips 2010

  1. 1. Chemistry Database Tips<br />for CHEM381 & CHEM324<br />2010<br />
  2. 2. Last year we learnt…<br />Searching different sources:<br />ChemSpider – searching by drawing molecules<br />Google Scholar<br />PubChem<br />SciFinder – one vote for most useful, good layout<br />Scopus – one vote for easiest to use<br />Altering keywords with different searches<br />Referencing/citing<br />Using ACS style<br />Endnote software can help<br />
  3. 3. This week we’ll cover…<br />Monday<br />Searching and evaluating<br />ChemSpider<br />Web of Science<br />SciFinder(introduction)<br />Tuesday<br />SciFinder(continued)<br />Questions<br />Your assignment<br />
  4. 4. The Research Process<br />Define your topic<br />Gather background information<br /> What information do you need?<br /> Who would have written about it? Where?<br /> Find information<br /> Judge it – is it relevant? reliable?<br /> – does it point in new directions?<br /> – is it enough? or do you still need more?<br /> Write up your results<br /> Cite all sources!<br />
  5. 5. Define<br />BTK<br />Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki<br />
  6. 6. Ambiguity<br />
  7. 7. Disambiguation<br />
  8. 8. Reference<br />
  9. 9. Background<br />
  10. 10. More questions<br />?<br />How do the varieties differ? <br />Is any resistance forming? <br />What is the biological mechanism at work?<br />Are there any health effects on humans? <br />
  11. 11. www.chemspider.com<br />
  12. 12. Web of Science<br />
  13. 13. SciFinder Scholar<br />
  14. 14. SciFinder Web<br />
  15. 15. Evaluating Resources<br />accurate?<br />relevant?<br />Is it…<br />up-to-date?<br />basic/advanced?<br />
  16. 16. Other data sources<br />
  17. 17. Safety Data Sheets<br />Safety Data Sheets<br />
  18. 18. Summary<br />Different ways to search each database:<br />ChemSpider – use keywords or molecule structures<br />Web of Science – use keywords<br />SciFinder – use phrases (eg “the effect of X on Y”)<br />Using SciFinder - explore substances, reactions, etc<br />“Get cited” = get the papers this article cited in its bibliography<br />“Get citing” = get the papers that cite this article<br />Refine searches to find the most relevant information<br />Web of Science = “Refine” on the left<br />SciFinder = “Analyse” on the right<br />
  19. 19. Slides and tips<br />http://library.canterbury.ac.nz/chem<br />
  20. 20. Chat<br />Visit<br />Phone<br />Email<br />Contact me<br />See you tomorrow!<br />

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