Instructor:  Professor T.O. Tiernan 
               Office - 175 Brehm Laboratory
  Text:   Robert E. Maizell, "How to Find Chemical Information -
            A Guide for Practicing Chemists, Educators and
            Students," 2nd Edition, Wiley-Interscience, New York
  Class and Assignment Schedule:  The class will meet three hours
  each week to discuss assignments and to hear lectures presented
  by the instructor and/or guest lecturers.  There will be eight
  (8) weekly assignments which involve locating specific
  information in library references, or other tasks which require
  use of chemical literature.  These assignments will be
  distributed weekly beginning with the second class period.  Each
  completed assignment must be returned to the instructor as
  indicated on the attached schedule.  Late submissions will not be
  In addition to completing the weekly assignments, students will
  be required to prepare two short papers, including abstracts,
  for a meeting presentation and a news announcement on an
  appropriate topic in chemistry.  A longer written exercise, such
  as a research proposal, or a research paper dealing with a
  Chemistry topic selected by the student, will also be required. 
  The latter written assignment must demonstrate extensive use of
  the chemical literature.  The short and longer written exercises
  will be due as indicated on the attached schedule.  The longer
  paper will be due during Final Exam week.  Further details
  regarding these writing assignments will be distributed early in
  the quarter.  A complete schedule of class periods, lectures and
  assignments is provided herein.
  Grading:  There will be no written exams in this course.  A grade
  will be assigned based on the results of the completed weekly
  assignments (40% of the final grade), the short papers (30% of
  the final grade), and the longer paper (30% of the final grade).
  Scope and Objectives of the Course:  The primary purpose of this
  course is to assist students in understanding the body of
  information which constitutes the chemical literature, and in
  developing the skills required to effectively and efficiently
  utilize that literature both as students, and ultimately as
  professional chemists.  As is the case with virtually any
  acquired knowledge, the chemical literature is in a constant
  state of flux or change.  This information base and the means to
  access or search it have been changing especially rapidly in the
  past few years because of the effects of computerized storage,
  sorting, and retrieval capabilities.  Perhaps the major source of
  information on the chemical literature continues to be Chemical
  Abstracts (CA), a publication and service of the American
  Chemical Society, but even CA has changed dramatically in format
  and organization in recent times.  Consequently, the information
  which the student acquires in this class will undoubtedly change
  with time, and in order to remain current in his profession, the
  graduate chemist will need to continually update and modify this
  literature information and the methods necessary to effectively
  access it.  However, the basic literature skills and techniques
  learned here will continue to be useful throughout the student's
  professional lifetime.
  It is important for the student to recognize that there are many
  "correct" approaches to searching the chemical literature. 
  Hopefully, this course will enable the student to select the best
  approach for his purposes.  In keeping with the increased
  emphasis at Wright State on improving students' abilities to
  prepare effective written communications, reports and scholarly
  papers, this course also includes writing exercises which will
  demonstrate the student's correct use of information derived from
  the chemical literature.  Some specific learning objectives of
  this course are listed below.
   1.     To become familiar with and be able to use the chemical
            literature in the WSU library.
   2.     To become knowledgeable about government publications and
            how to find and use them.
   3.     To learn about monographs, reviews, and other reference
            books and publications pertaining to them. 
   4.     To become familiar with the several ways of writing formulas
            and names of compounds and the indices using these formulas
            and names.
   5.     To learn about the standard library classification systems.
   6.     To become familiar with sources of physical data and to be
            able to locate needed data for a compound of interest.
   7.     To learn how to use standard collections of spectra.
   8.     To be able to effectively use Beilstein and Gmelin.
   9.     To be familiar with the different abstracting services
            available to chemists.
  10.     To become adept at using Chemical Abstracts and all its
            component services.
  11.     To use Science Citation Index for retrospective searching.
  12.     To become conversant with current awareness searching aids.
  13.     To know how to obtain and use publications from other
  14.     To know how to obtain English language translations of
            chemistry articles written in other languages.
  15.     To understand and know how to use the patent literature.
  15.     To be familiar with literature computer search services.
  17.     To prepare written scientific products which utilize the
            chemical literature, and which are illustrative of the type
            of written materials which professional chemists may be
            expected to produce.
                           SCHEDULE AND WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS
                                CHEMISTRY 319
                                 WINTER, 1994
                                                READING     ASSIGNMENT
DATE                       LECTURE             TEXT CHAPTERS     DUE
Jan. 3     Tiernan - Introduction to the         1,2,3          --
           Chemical Literature
Jan. 5     Tiernan - Current Awareness           4              --
           Literature, Quick Access to 
           Chemical Information
Jan. 7     Tiernan - U.S. Government             9              1
           Information Sources
Jan. 10    Roach - Library Classification        5              --
Jan. 12    Tiernan - Reviews                    11              2
Jan. 14    Roach - Chemical Abstracts            6              3
Jan. 19    Tiernan - Chemical Abstracts;         7,8            4
           Other Abstracting and Indexing
Jan. 21    Tiernan - Encyclopedias; Other       12              5
           Reference Books
Jan. 24    Tiernan - Patent Literature          13              --
Jan. 26    Tiernan - Safety, Related Topics     14              6
Jan. 28    Tiernan - Sources of Physical        15              7
           Property and Related Data
Jan. 31    Roach - Science Citation Index       --              --
Feb. 2     Tiernan - Analytical Chemistry       18              8
           Literature Sources
Feb. 4     Tiernan - Chemical Marketing;        16,17,19        --
           Business Information; Process
           Information; Trends and 
Feb. 7     Roach - On-Line Databases,           10              5
           Search and Retrieval
Feb. 9     Tiernan - Introduction to            --              --
           Technical Writing -- General
                                                READING     ASSIGNMENT
DATE                       LECTURE             TEXT CHAPTERS     DUE
Feb. 11    Tiernan - Writing Style              --              --
Feb. 14    Tiernan - Definitions                --              --
Feb. 16    Tiernan - Technical Descriptions     --              --
Feb. 18    Tiernan - Abstracts                  --              --
Feb. 21    Tiernan - The Process of Writing     --           Written
Feb. 23    Tiernan - Scientific and             --              --
           Technical  Reports
Feb. 25    Tiernan - Laboratory Notebooks       --              --
Feb. 28    Tiernan - Proposals                  --              --
Mar. 2     Tiernan - Authoring Scientific       --           Written 
           Publications                                      News
Mar. 4     Tiernan - Format of Articles         --              --
           for Technical Journals
Mar. 7     Tiernan - Writing for Non-           --              --
           Specialist Readers
Mar. 9     Tiernan - Strategies for             --              --
           Preparation of Research
Mar. 11    Tiernan - Review/Recap               --              --
Mar. 16    Final Paper Due                      --          Written
                                                            Long Paper

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