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Chemistry Literature Searching: The Cage-Match edition (part 1)


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Part 1 of a 2-part tutorial for CHEM381, covering:
Google and ChemSpider;
the literature and the reseach process;
Google Scholar and SciFinder

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Chemistry Literature Searching: The Cage-Match edition (part 1)

  1. 1. Chemistry Literature Searching<br />The Cage-Match edition<br />for CHEM381 – 2011<br />Week 1<br />
  2. 2. 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, 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 />
  3. 3. 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 />
  4. 4. 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 />
  5. 5. 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 />
  6. 6. 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 />
  7. 7. The Literature<br />You<br />
  8. 8. 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 />
  9. 9. Where to start?<br /><br />
  10. 10. 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 />
  11. 11. 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 />
  12. 12. 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 />
  13. 13. 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 />
  14. 14. Slides and video<br /><br />
  15. 15. Chat<br />Meet<br />Email<br />Contact me<br />