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Information Retrieval for Chemists: CHEM 2600

Course outline, information and materials for all undergraduate chemists.

Course Outline 2019

Classes will be held on Wednesdays from noon to 12:50 PM, in the Lydon Library Instruction Room 204.  All assignments are due by 1:00 PM of the following Tuesday before the next Wednesday class, unless noted otherwise. Classes missed due to a University closing will be rescheduled.

Ms. Muskiewicz’s hours: On campus, Olney 216 C: Tuesday from 12:30-3:30, Wednesday from 2:00-3:00 PM.  Always accessible via email.
Dr. Ruths' hours: Olney 216A.  Monday 2:00-4:00; Tuesdays 3:00-4:00.

Wednesday January 23 (Lydon Library Room 204)
Course requirements and overview; WEB page for course; Services of the Library; Citations; Hill notation.
Merck Index
CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
MSDS Sheets
ASSIGNMENT 1: Hill Notation, Use of websites listed above, and writing citations for them. Recent popular article on science topic.

Wednesday January 30 (Lydon Library Room 204)
Knovel--electronic handbooks in science and engineering and ChemNetBase: Combined Chemical Dictionaries.  Sax: Dangerous Properties of Industrial Materials.
ASSIGNMENT 2: Knovel, ChemNetBase/Combined Chemical Dictionaries, Sax.

Wednesday February 6 (Lydon Library Room 204)
Using a general library database (Academic Search Premier). EndNote.  Producing a bibliography. Finding formats and citation rules for journals.  Transferring citations into EndNote.  Locating journal webpages and information. 
ASSIGNMENT 3:  Preparing a bibliography in EndNote, Using the E-Journal List.

Wednesday February 13 (Lydon Library Room 204)
Quiz. Spectra and Latin Abbreviations.
 ASSIGNMENT 4: Spectral Information.

Wednesday February 20 (Lydon Library Room 204)
Organic Syntheses. Structure of journals and a journal article.  Finding old journal articles on the library website. Primary/secondary articles, formats. Refereed journals. CASSI.  
ASSIGNMENT 5: Organic Syntheses. Finding a journal article. Handout: issue of a journal for each student.

Wednesday February 27  (Lydon Library Room 204)
Introduction to Chemical Abstracts. SciFinder Scholar. Reading and interpreting a citation.  Using SFS to search for and with registry numbers, synonyms. Content of Registry Records in SFS.

Wednesday March 6 (Lydon Library Room 204)
SciFinder Scholar.  Experimental and calculated values and spectra in registry records. Searching for subjects, author names, affiliations, tables of contents.  Narrowing your searches. How to use "analyze" and "refine".  

Wednesday March 13 No Class, Spring Break.

Wednesday March 20  (Lydon Library Room 204)

SciFinder Scholar. Preparations. Reactions, ways to search.

Wednesday March 27   (Lydon Library Room 204)
SciFinder Scholar. Reading older abstracts. Pre-1960 searching. Partial Citations.  

Wednesday April 3 (Lydon Library Room 204)
 Quiz SFS. Evaluation of Web pages.
ASSIGNMENT 10:  Web pages.

Wednesday April 10 (Lydon Library Room 204)
ASSIGNMENT 11:   Patents. 

Wednesday April 17 (Lydon Library Room 204)

Open Access, including GallicaDOAJPubMedCentral. Embargoes. Google Scholar. PubMed. 

ASSIGNMENT 12: Open Access.

Wednesday April 24
Olney Hall, Room 204.
overview and scope. Organization of an entry. Using it.

ASSIGNMENT 13: Beilstein.

Wednesday May 1 (Lydon Library, Room 204)
Useful websites for future use. 

Final (Take-home) handed out.  

Take home final  DUE  to Ms. Muskiewicz or Dr. Ruths in Olney 216A on or before Tuesday May 7, 2019, 9:30 PM.