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Searching the Chemistry Literature Using Library Databases

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Part 1 of 3 lectures for Introduction to Chemical Literature.

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Searching the Chemistry Literature Using Library Databases

  1. 1. Searching the Chemistry Literature Using Library Databases Linda Neyer, Science Librarian
  2. 2. Goals & objectives 1. Find a popular science article of at least 2 pages (about 1,000 words) on synthetic chemistry a. Magazines b. Newspapers 1. Identify the original scholarly journal article on which the popular article is based 2. Locate the original scholarly journal article
  3. 3. Publications/Source s Books Periodicals Gray Lit (monographs) (serials) (patents, gov docs, etc.) General Interest Special Interest (e.g. Newspapers, (Subject or Discipline Magazines) Specific) Trade Publ. Scholarly Publ. -news -peer-reviewed, refereed -secondary -primary research (although also contains secondary) -also called ‘academic’ journals Note: format can be either print or electronic
  4. 4. How do you identify articles in newspapers, magazines and journals? Search Library Databases -- use either ‘general’ or subject- specific ones to search for a topic Use the Internet -- but limit to trusted search engines or sites Browse Periodicals -- may be either online or in print format
  5. 5. Special features of Library Databases vs. Search Engines Library DBs Web Search Engines • Provide way to ‘narrow’ or ‘broaden’ search • Index documents – articles, patents, etc. • Let you manage your results: --format for bib • Use ‘controlled’ vocabulary • Always get results • User-Friendly -- email or export results • Spell-check • Use ‘natural’ language • Link to library’s resources • Search ‘scholarly’ sources GS --sort by date, etc. • Index web pages
  6. 6. ‘General’ databases • Some specific ones: – Academic Search Complete – ProQuest Classic – Lexis-Nexis Academic • Index newspapers, popular magazines, and/or scholarly journals • Good source of secondary sources
  7. 7. • Some specific ones: – Web of Science – PubMed/MEDLINE – Chem Abstracts (SciFinder) • Index specialized, scholarly literature • Best source of primary (research) literature Chemical databases
  8. 8. Truncation To find words that have the same root or ‘trunk’, use truncation. For example, truncate the root chemi* to retrieve: chemist chemical chemicals chemistry, etc.
  9. 9. Boolean logic A search for ‘rock AND roll’ will locate all records containing both the word "rock" and the word "roll” (same as ‘all’) A search for ‘rock OR roll’ will locate all records containing either the word "rock" or the word "roll" -- not necessarily both (same as ‘any’) A search for rock NOT roll will locate records containing the word "rock" but NOT the word "roll"
  10. 10. Questions? Link

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