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BEILSTEIN CROSSFIRE, The Beilstein Handbook of Organic Chemistry and related tools in the Indiana University Chemistry Library

Updated: 2/23/00



BEILSTEIN CROSSFIRE VIA COMMANDER.

The best and easiest way to find information compiled by the Beilstein Institute is to search CrossFire. This database has structures and data on preparation, reactions, physical properties such as boiling point, melting point, spectral identification, etc. of over 6 million compounds. There are over 300 fields that can be searched and/or displayed. The recommended search is by structure or sub-structure but one may also search by CAS Registry Number (rn), chemical name (cn), molecular formula (mf), element count (elc), physical property value, field availability, etc. The database covers the literature from 1779 forward. Update tapes will be loaded four times each year. Access is from computers 2, 3, 4 and 8 in the Chemistry Library. It is also available on the computers in C003B (Library Computer Room), and C006. Users in the Chemistry Department or at any IU campus can load the search software onto any Windows or Macintosh machines with the appropriate network connection.

Manuals for searching the CrossFire database are next to computer #4, in the Chemistry Library Circulating Book Area at QD257.7 .C77 1994 v.1-7 and in C003B. One of the volumes (v. 6) is a tutorial for learning reaction searching. See Gary Wiggins or Roger Beckman for help and more information.

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BEILSTEIN HANDBOOK OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. The Beilstein Handbook of Organic Chemistry covers the literature from 1779 through 1979. These volumes are located in the Reference Area beginning with call number QD251 .B488. In 1991-92, the Comprehensive Compound Name and Formula Indexes were published. These indexes cover all volumes of the Main Series (H) through Supplement IV (literature through 1959). These indexes are volumes 28-29 of the Beilstein Handbook. Starting with Supplement V, covering 1960-1979, Beilstein is in English.

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CURRENT FACTS. This is a CD-ROM program that contains up-to-date Beilstein information (i.e. literature from 1989 through April 1996). The search software is very similar to CrossFire. One may search the database by inputting structures, facts such as boiling point, names of compounds, molecular formulas, authors, or journal citations. Current Facts is available only on computer #5 near the new book shelf. A very useful feature is that any references to the compound found in the printed Beilstein are also listed. Likewise, the Beilstein Registry Number (brn) can be searched in CrossFire to locate additional information (if present). It is likely that the CrossFire Database will contain all of the data found in the Current Facts cd's. Therefore, searching CrossFire is the preferred option in most cases.

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BEILSTEIN ONLINE. Beilstein Online contains information from the printed Handbook (H through Supplement V), "unchecked" data from the primary literature 1960-1979, and also contains data from the primary literature 1980-present. An academic discount program allows users an 80% discount to Beilstein Online. In rare cases up-to-date information may be found in Beilstein Online that is not yet included in our version of the CrossFire Database. See Gary Wiggins or Roger Beckman for details.

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CHART. A Chart on the west wall of the Reference Area lays out the classification of the Beilstein Handbook in visual format using representative molecular structures.

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GUIDES. Various guides from the Beilstein Institute (e.g. "What is Beilstein?," "How to Use Beilstein," "Beilstein Dictionary," "Short Cut to Locating a Compound," etc.) are also available.

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