C400 Quiz Number 4


                                 Fall 2000


                    How and Where to Search: Specialized


                             A = True B = False


1. Assume that a chemist patented a really important type of chemical substance in 1985. You could use the Science Citation Index to find other patents that cited that patent.


2. When searching for a standard analytical method, the best place to look is the Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology.


3. A Chemical Abstracts Index Name for a substance will typically be in inverted form.


4. The Dictionary of Organic Compounds contains no structural drawings for the compounds included in the work, but the lucid technical definitions of the compounds make it apparent what the structures will be.


5. The Beilstein database will let you search for a substance or group of substances that melt within a certain range of temperatures by inputting a range of melting points.


6. It is possible to specify both a reagent and a final product in a reaction search of the Beilstein CrossFireplusReactions database.


7. The annual volumes of the series Organic Syntheses are cumulated periodically into a larger volume, which should be used in preference to the annual volumes, since corrected procedures are incorporated into the cumulations.


8. US chemical companies are not legally bound to follow regulations governing the use and handling of chemical substances until they receive a certified letter from the appropriate agency notifying them of the new regulations.


9. An MSDS is a specialized graduate degree for those who want to major in scientific documentation systems.  It is one of two masters degrees to be offered by the new School of Informatics at IU.


10. Every chemical substance has one and only one name, so the fact that entries in printed physical property handbooks are usually arranged by chemical name creates no problem in data retrieval.


11. Physical property data in one-volume handbooks are mostly copied  from large critically evaluated data compilations such as CASSI.


12. The three major requirements for patentability are novelty (newness), utility (usefulness), and invention (unobviousness).


13. Every search system uses the same truncation (wild card) symbol for expanding a search.  That is the ampersand (&).


14. Finding the registry number for a compound is very important when searching the online Chemical Abstracts files because the CA or CAPlus indexing of the chemical substances in the original primary documents utilizes mostly registry numbers, not chemical names.


15. SciFinder Scholar includes references to more new journal articles than does Science Citation Index, but SCI has much broader coverage of new chemistry dissertations than does SFS.


16. An MSDS will include information such as physical data (melting point, boiling point, flash point etc.), toxicity, health effects, first aid, reactivity, storage, disposal, protective equipment, and spill/leak procedures. These are of particular use if a spill or other accident occurs.


17. The Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB) contains over 4500 chemical records, each of which can have as many as 150 or so fields of data, covering human health effects, emergency medical treatment, animal toxicity studies, etc.


18. Once a compound has been identified in the Web of Science's Science Citation Index, it is an easy matter to link to ISI's CHEMLIST file to determine what federal regulations apply to the substance.


19. A treatise is a multivolume secondary work that, like an encyclopedia, is designed for easy retrieval of information by someone who does not know much about a topic.


20. The CASREACT database covers the most important journal literature of synthetic organic chemistry, but unfortunately includes no patents in its coverage.