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C471 Exercise 6: General Information on Computer Searching

Updated: 13 September 2004
Key Points: In this exercise, you are going to search different types of databases:

You will see that SciFinder Scholar has more options for finding chemical information and covers many more document types than do the other databases. For example, your attempt to search a Registry Number on Ingenta won't work because ingenta doesn't index the articles in their database beyond allowing words in the article titles to be searched.


1. Connect to the IUB Libraries Find Information page and note the variety of databases listed in the "Chemistry," "Biology," and "Physics" sections.

One of the databases found there is SciFinder Scholar (Chemical Abstracts). [You can download the software to search SciFinder Scholar on your own computer. See the Chemistry Library home page.]

Use SciFinder Scholar to find a recent review of electrical impedance spectroscopy that was published in a journal (not a chapter or article in a conference proceedings volume). Copy below the source document information that would let you find the review in a library.

Your reference is probably going to have some abbreviations in it. You should know a reference source that will give you the full title of the journal. What is the full title?

What source did you use to find the full title?

2. Remember that Chemical Abstracts covers far more primary document types than just journal articles. What types of primary literature (document types) does Chemical Abstracts cover?

[Note that SciFinder Scholar lets you refine the answer set by document type, but some of those document types may not be primary literature!]

3. Now connect to Google and look for electrical impedance spectroscopy. How many entries did you find?

Can you EASILY find a review of the literature on electrical impedance spectroscopy by using Google?

4. Connect to the IUB Libraries Find Information page and select Academic Search (EBSCO). Run a search on Academic Search Premier for Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy.

How many documents did you find?

For how many of the articles found can you view the full text of the article on the screen by clicking on a pdf option in the list of articles?

What does the "IU Link" designation mean that is by some of the articles?

5. Connect to ingenta and search the Registry Number for Isatin: 91-56-5.

Did you find anything on the compound using the Registry Number? If not, why?

Search the chemical name isatin on ingenta.

How many documents did you find?

6. Go back to SciFinder Scholar after the failed ingenta search and use the Registry Number 91-56-5 to find isatin.

Get the references and record here how many you found.

Why does this search work in SciFinder Scholar, but not in Ingenta?

7. What are the years of coverage of: