C471 Lecture Notes: Detailed Table of Contents

Updated: 13 August 2001
Wednesdays, 5:45-6:35 p.m.
Lectures: CH033; Computer laboratory: CH006
Instructor: Gary Wiggins
Updated: 14 March 2001

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Communication in Chemistry

Lecture 1: Chemistry Newsgroups and Discussion Lists

II.The Chemical Information Sources Discussion List,CHMINF-L
IV.Usenet Newsgroups

Lecture 2: Molecular Visualization Tools and Sites

I. HTML: Hypertext Markup Language
II. File Formats on the Internet
III. Molecular Formats and Mime

Lecture 3: Science Writing Aids

I. Introduction
II. Chemical Drawing and Nomenclature Programs
III.Personal Database Software Packages
IV.CASSI (Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index) and the ACS Style Guide

Lecture 4: The Publication Process: Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources

I. Types of Primary Literature
II.The Secondary Literature
III.The Temporal Relationship New Primary Literature and the Secondary Literature
IV.Types of Computer-Readable Sources
V.Options for Database Searching
VI.Tertiary Sources: Guides to the Literature

How and Where to Start

Lecture 5: Guides to Chemical Information Sources and Databases

I. Introduction
II. User Aids for Computer-Readable Databases
III. Database Guides and Online Aids for Database Selection
IV. Comprehensive Chemistry Guides
V. Search Strategy Formulation

Lecture 6: General Information on Computer Searching

I. Introduction
II. Computer-Readable Sources
III. Options for Database Searching
IV. Costs and Benefits of Online Searching
V. Boolean Search Operators
VI. Truncation (Masking) of Characters to Expand a Search
VII. The CA, Registry, and Other CAS-Produced Files on STN: CAS Databases
VIII. SciFinder & Other Front-end Software and WWW Access

Lecture 7: Current Awareness, Reviews, and Document Delivery

I. Introduction
II.Current Awareness
III. Reviews
IV. Document Delivery

Lecture 8: Background Reading: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Other Books

I. Introduction
II. Dictionaries
III. Encyclopedias
IV. Other Books

How and Where to Search: General

Lecture 9: Searching by Author or Organization Name and by Known Citations

I. Introduction
II. The Science Citation Index, the Web of Science, and Related Products
III. Author and Corporate Searches in the Printed Chemical Abstracts
IV. Author Searching in CAS Databases
V. Author and Citation Searching in Other Databases.

Lecture 10: Searching by Subject

I. Introduction
II.Truncation (Masking): The Use of Wild Cards
III. Keyword Searches
IV. Controlled Vocabulary Indexes
V. The Basic Index
VI. Chemical Abstracts Printed Subject Indexes and CA File Subject Searches vs. SciFinder Subject Searches
VII. Section Codes for Online Searches
VIII. Formats: Document Types
IX. Specialized Abstracting and Indexing Services for Subjects or Document Types
X. Full Text Databases

Lecture 11: Chemical Name and Formula Searching (Searching for Information on a Single Chemical Substance)

I. Introduction
II. Substance Searching Using Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Numbers
III. The Index Guide and Chemical Name Searching in the Printed Chemical Substance Indexes
IV. Qualified Substances in CAS Files and Indexes
V. CAS Roles in the CA and Other Files
VI. Searching the Registry File with a Chemical Name
VII.Searching the Registry File and Printed CA Indexes with a Molecular Formula
VIII. Molecular Formulas of Types of Compounds in CA/STN
IX. The Basic Index in the Registry File
X. Element Information
XI.Ring System Data and Ring Indexes
XII. Compound Class Identifiers
XIV. Other Online Chemical Dictionary Files

Lecture 12: Structure Searching

I. What is Structure Searching?
II. Why Use Structure Searching?
III. Structure Searches in the STN Registry and Other Files
IV. Structure Searching on CrossFire
V. Beilstein and Gmelin
VI. Beilstein Lawson Numbers

How and Where to Search: Specialized

Lecture 13: Chemical Patent Searching

I. Introduction
II. What is a Patent?
III. What is a Patent Specification?
IV. How Long Does a Patent Last?
V. Abstracting and Indexing of Patents: Major Patent Databases
VI. CAS Patent Databases on STN
VII. Examples of Chemical Patents
VIII. Miscellaneous

Lecture 14: Analytical Chemsitry

I. Introduction
II. Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Data Compilations, and Treatises.
III. Standard Methods, Handbooks, and Smaller Works
IV. Spectral Compilations
V. Crystallography
VI. Biomolecule Sequence and Structure Databases
VII. The Special Review Issues of ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY and Other Reviews
VIII. Abstracting and Indexing Journals and Databases
IX. Other Sources

Lecture 15: Physical Property Information

I. Introduction
II.Guides, Indexes, and Directories of Data Sources
III. Landolt-Bornstein Numerical Data and Functional Relationships
IV. Beilstein Handbook of Organic Chemistry and Beilstein CrossFire
V. Dictionary of Organic Compounds and Other Chapman & Hall Products
VI.Gmelin Handbook of Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry
VII.Encyclopedias and Books as Sources of Physical Property Data
VIII.Journals as Data Sources
IX. Smaller Data Compilations and Handbooks
X. Other Sources
XI. Bibliography

Lecture 16 : Searching for the Synthesis or Reactions of Specific Compounds or Classes of Compounds (Reaction Chemistry)

I. Introduction
II. Beilstein and Gmelin
III. Methods of Organic Chemistry (Houben-Weyl)
IV. Treatises, Collected Works, and Other Important Works
V. Reaction Databases and Specialized Abstracting Services
VII. Chemical Abstracts ++ and CA Databases +$
IX. Reviews of Reaction or Synthetic Chemistry
X. Name Reactions
XI. Other Sources

Lecture 17: Chemical Safety and Toxicology Information

I. Introduction
II.General Safety or Toxicology Information Sources
III.Hazardous Aspects or Toxicology of Chemicals
IV.Material Safety Data Sheets and Other Factual Sources
V.The National Library of Medicine's TOXNET System
VI.The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS's) Databases
VII.MDL and CAS Databases


Lecture 18: Chemical History, Biography, Directories, and Industry Sources

I. Introduction
II. Historical Information
III. Biographical Information
IV.Directories of Scientists and Scientific Organizations
V. Directories of Suppliers of Chemicals and Chemical Laboratory or Plant Equipment
VI.Information on Chemical Industries and Businesses

Lecture 19: Teaching and Study of Chemistry; Careers in Chemistry

I. Introduction
II.Teaching of Chemistry
III.The Study of Chemistry
IV.Careers in Chemistry
Gary Wiggins
10 September 1999