The “literature” is the written conversation between scientists about what they’ve found out (by reading or experimenting).Searching the literature is all about learning who the cool people are and where they hang out.
Research process is iterative – as you learn more, you constantly refine your strategies and even your research question.For the best research questions, the answer doesn’t exist yet! You’re looking for clues that will let you piece together the puzzle yourself.
Library Subject Guide for Chemistry has list of useful databases including SciFinder, Web of Science, and Scopus.
Chemistry Literature Searching: The Cage-Match edition (part 1)
Cage match! Chemical data<br />Fast<br />Found:<br />Wikipedia – has general stuff – production, properties – links to references at the bottom<br />PDFs from chemistry sites (universities)<br />Risk assessment sheet and data from a chemistry department<br />List of suppliers from buyersguidechem.com, some have pricing<br />Slow to load<br />Found:<br />Typed in name and brings up a page with picture, molecular weights, properties etc<br />Wikipedia article too<br />Links to articles (some chemical, some pharmacological)<br />Commercial suppliers - Lots of different suppliers with prices - Just a dropdown tab<br />
Cage match! Chemical data<br />Search for ‘glycine’ found lots of medical supplements – not for use in lab! Have to filter through to get lab stuff.<br />Ended up on an ebay-type page – not sure how reliable it is.<br />Searching “amino acetic acid” more useful<br />Straightforward searching<br />Long list of suppliers with links to lots of them – gives you source numbers, “poly-glycine” so you still have to do some filtering<br />Information more concentrated <br />Chemical structure drawing<br />
Last year we learnt…<br />How journals are run<br />How to use Web of Science<br />Databases<br />ChemSpider<br />ChemSketch<br />ChemGold<br />Web of Science<br />ACS style bibliography and referencing<br />
We still want to learn…<br />Where to find information<br />Research – how to search on a specific topic<br />Discussion with peers<br />Finding articles by the same author<br />Identify keywords<br />
We’ll cover…<br />Week 1<br />ChemSpider (done! )<br />What the Literature is<br />The Research Process<br />Google Scholar<br />SciFinder (part 1)<br />Week 2<br />SciFinder(part 2)<br />Web of Science<br />Other data sources (Prices, MSDS)<br />Citing in ACS style<br />
The Research Process<br />Define your topic<br /> What information do you need?<br /> Who would have written about it? Where?<br /> Find information<br /> Judge it – is it reliable? relevant?<br /> – does it point in new directions?<br /> – is it enough? or do you still need more?<br /> Analyse and synthesise<br /> Cite all sources!<br />
Where to start?<br />http://library.canterbury.ac.nz/chem<br />
Cage match! The Literature<br />Just typed in phrase and got some articles<br />A few different articles about phytoremediation but couldn’t find all the keywords in one title – tried a broader search and found some related to plants<br />A link on certain papers saying “Full text at UC library” (on campus) – Library has access to certain databases <br />Also PDFs from other sites (eginstitutional repository)<br />Unpleasant to search! Longwinded.<br />Filters results before you get to the list – comes up with how many references per word - so you can get results that are more relevant to what you want<br />Taken through three windows to get full text – popup windows, and no access to the ones tried.<br />So much comes up - not sure what to do next<br />“Full text” link but only 1/3 actually had full text<br />
Cage match! The Literature<br />Finding author:<br />Just list of first three authors under title of each paper<br />Advanced search to narrow by author<br />Can search by author but can’t see a way to sort by author<br />Finding substances:<br />Can only find substances by reading the text...<br />Analyse function on right<br />Get a list on the righthand side with authors and number of titles<br />“Substance” link below each article lists structure, more references, supplier information, etc<br />
Questions<br />Would like to explore things more next week<br />ScienceDirect only includes Elsevier-published material – but is it more than one/few journals?Yes, thousands of journals plus handbooks etc.<br />
Homework!<br />Register for SciFinder (See the video on the subject guide)<br />Find 1 article<br />Pick a question suggested by the article (You can change your question later!)<br />
Slides and video<br />http://library.canterbury.ac.nz/chem<br />