Strategies and Tactics for Searchers
In addition to learning about the information tools students need to learn
some search strategies and tactics.
Keys to using various resources effectively
Hill system for molecular formulas
Dealing with chemical nomenclature
Use synonym indexes ( Merck Index has synonyms)
Be aware of Permuted names (toluene, trinitro)
Be aware of which tools use common names vs. IUPAC vs. CAS
Strategies are overall approaches which can be applied to any extensive
Choose the appropriate database for the job
If you need information on medical uses of taxol use Medline, if you
want to synthesize it; use CA
Start with the easiest tools and work up.
If you can find a boiling point in the CRC Handbook, why use Beilstein?
If you can find a synthesis in Organic Syntheses, why look in Chemical
Find the keys which will unlock other tools.
Easy sources for finding Registry Numbers
Good synonym indexes
Search for review articles
Registry #'s & Beilstein references in CRC Handbook, Aldrich Catalog
Synonyms (and CA names) in Merck Index
Add the word 'review' to your search strategy
Use pearl growing or the iterative approach.
(Find something good, then build on it.)
Search the keywords or authors from that "good paper".
Look up the bibliography and build on it.
Do citation searches on the "good paper".
Ask someone who knows!
An expert in the field
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