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C471 Exercise 7: Current Awareness and Reviews

Updated: 30 July 2003
Key Points: A computer interest profile can be established to help sift through the huge amount of new chemical information that appears each day. In past years, we have had students set up a current awareness profile in the CARL UnCover database. UnCover was bought by Ingenta, and unfortunately, the merging of the two services prevents the current awareness search in the exercise on that service this fall. However, we will create a class current awareness project on another service, and you may suggest a topic for that search.

If somewhat older literature is of interest, review articles can be a tremendous timesaver. You will be able to find a review article in one of the Annual Reviews, Inc. review serials.

Finally, there are ways of obtaining materials through document delivery services that expand the scope of available materials far beyond that held by the local library. In examining the library's option for document delivery, you will also learn something about copyright.


1. Suggest a topic related to Chemistry for which we can establish a current awareness profile on the Current Contents Connect system.

What is the general topic you are searching?

Write down the words, etc., that you suggest to enter in your profile. Your profile can include subject words, authors' names, or the names of primary journal titles that you want to keep up with.

2. Annual Reviews, Inc. publishes a number of highly respected review serials. Use the Annual Reviews, Inc. site at http://www.AnnualReviews.org/ to find a review article that deals with computational approaches to the study of fullerenes.

What is the title and year of the annual review volume in which the article appears?

Approximately how many references are in the bibliography for the article?

3. Use IUCAT to find a review serial published by Jai Press that deals with biophysical chemistry. Each of the Jai review titles starts with the word: advances.

Write down the call number for the work.

4. Connect to the IUB Libraries Document Delivery Service page. Click on the "Submit an Article Request" option, and read the copyright statement.

If you want to know more about copyright, you may use the ACS learning module What Chemists Need to Know About Copyright. Print out a copy for of the Copyright Information Pamphlet for yourself and answer the question: What is Fair Use?