1. Read the Preface and Chapter 1 of Chemical Information Sources, by Gary Wiggins, McGraw-Hill, 1991. Be prepared for an in-class quiz on this chapter.
2. Create your own "research articles" file using the database software Filemaker on the Macintosh or the equivalent. You may use the Macintosh computers in Disque 404, or any others at your disposal which have the Filemaker software. For those no t having access to a Macintosh, find the most accessible PC at your work place, find out what "flatfile" database software, if any, is resident on the machine, and learn to use it. Hand in a print-out of a typical record in your articles database file. Indicate what record structure you have settled on for your file.
3. Send me an email message (my Internet address is email@example.com). From here on, all communication regarding assignments, changes in schedule, or consulting on specific problems, will be handled through this electronic mail system.
|2.||Using the CHEMNAME file on DIALOG|
|Answer the following questions:
3. Formulate a search question of interest to you regarding some chemical substance. Use the CHEMNAME file on DIALOG to refine or expand the search question so that you retrieve at most three records corresponding to the substance. Save them and print them out in FORMAT 4.
4. Using NETSCAPE
Use the Netscape Web Browser to download from DIALOG's home page the blue sheets for the following three databases: CA Search, CHEMNAME, and Beilstein. Print them out and bring them to all subsequent classes.
On Tuesday at the American Chemical Society's national meeting in Chicago I hear an excellent talk by J. Gasteiger. Using the SciSearch database on DIALOG, answer the following quesions:
1. What is Gasteiger's present affiliation?
2. For how many records in SciSearch is Gasteiger one of the authors?
6. There is a subsequent paper by Gasteiger in 1994 in the Journal of Chemical Information and Computer Sciences on a closely related topic. From the abstract of this article, describe the work.
7. Make an alphabetical list of the ten most common journals in which Gasteiger has published in the past fifteen years.
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