C471 Exercise 5: Guides

Updated: 13 September 2004
Key Points: In this exercise, you will:

The main purpose of a guide is to help you find a relevant information source. Guides to Internet resources can lead to a large number of Web pages on topics of interest. Often the use of such guides uncovers Web resources that are more focused on your topic than would a search of the general Web search engines such as AltaVista, Google, etc. There are many very important reference works that exist only in printed form, so they should not be overlooked in a search for information. Some of the guides below will lead you to printed as well as computer-based resources. An important guide to guides on chemical information can be found at the Clearinghouse for Chemical Information Instructional Materials (CCIIM).

1. Connect to the CS ChemFinder ( ChemFinder covers a large number of number of Web sites. Use ChemFinder to find a supplier from which you could purchase 100 g. of 98% isatin. Write down the supplier name, product number, and the cost for one entry.

2. Use Frank Potter's Science Gems to find a Web resource in an area of science that is of interest to you. Browse the site and write down the title of the site and the URL.

3. Use the SIRCh Guides to Chemical Information Sources and Databases ( and browse three of the Web resources in the "Guides to Chemistry Resources on the Internet" section of that page. (Do not include CHEMINFO in the 3 you select). Which of the three do you think was the most helpful and why?

4. We will be using SciFinder Scholar in C471. Connect to the Chemical Abstracts Service Web site ( and scan the section on SciFinder Scholar. Now look at the IUB Chemistry Library home page and write down the URL where you can download the software to search SciFinder Scholar ("Get CrossFire Commander/SciFinder Scholar Software").

5. Look at one of the first three printed guides in the Chemistry section of the list Guides to the Literature of Science and Technology ( Those are on reserve. What is the title of the guide you chose, and what one topic (chapter) in the book was of most interest to you?

6. Use the CRSD ( (Chemical Reference Sources Database) to find an encyclopedia of inorganic chemistry that was published in the 1990s. Write down its title and call number. Some of the entries in the CRSD may not be in the Chemistry Library.