Updated: 4 March 2003

There are no written examinations in C472. Student grades will be based on class participation (20 percent), a final paper or project (20 percent), and assigned exercises, which account for the remaining 60 percent.

Due Dates:

1/29 Exercise 1 SciFinder Scholar
2/12 Exercise 2
3/12 Exercise 3
3/26 Exercise 4
4/23 Exercise 5
4/30 Exercise 6
5/7, 5:30 PM Paper (Choice of topics; in lieu of final exam)
5/7, 5:30 PM Project (in lieu of final exam)

Paper Your paper should be no less than ten pages long (double-spaced, type-written), exclusive of the bibliography and title page. References must conform to the second edition of The ACS Style Guide (QD8.5.A25 1997 Chemistry Library Reserves). Your final authority for journal abbreviations is CASSI (available via any Web OPAC in any library on the IUB campus at the libfind page: or in print form at the IUPUI University Library).

I am not looking for an original contribution from you, but rather, a review-type article that tells what's available in the various areas. You should demonstrate to me that you have read about and investigated the appropriate databases/software/publications/etc. and describe them in some detail.

You could look for secondary information sources in the various reading lists for the chemical informatics courses. See the Web pages at:

In the C571 list, you'll see a lot of references to the Encyclopedia of Computational Chemistry. That's a very good source that is in the IUB Chemistry Library Reference Area: QD39.3.E46 E53 1998. Its coverage is much broader than the title implies.

Note that you are not limited to the topics suggested below. However, topics that are not yet on this list must be approved in advance by me.

Possible Topics:

If you choose to write on any of the database topics, a good source of information is the STN Database Summary Sheets found at:
Use the Journal Citation Reports (found at the page) to identify the top three primary journals in each of the database fields and write a brief paragraph about each journal.


Write a brief introduction to the bioinformatics and proteomics databases and programs, concentrating on those available at NCBI, the National Center for Biotechnology Information, especially Entrez. (You may want to create a Web page that links to some of the appropriate resources.)


Your grade in this class is based on the following:

Assignment Value of Each Total Points
Class participation 200 200
six exercises, etc. 100 600
paper/project 200 200

Grading Scale:

The final paper or project is due no later than Wednesday, May 6, 5:30 p.m. The exercises, etc. are due no later than the beginning of the class period on the the day on which they are listed in the class schedule. Unless you have a very valid excuse, four points are deducted for each day the assignment is late. Four points are also deducted if you fail to put your name on a hand-in assignment.

If handed in after the day/time indicated, you lose:

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