Information Retrieval for Chemists: CHEM 2600

Course Outline 2018

Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 3:00-3:50 PM, in the Lydon  Library Instruction Room 203.  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 12:00-2:00, Wednesday from 12:30-2:30. Always accessible via email.
Dr. Ruths' hours: Olney 216A.  Monday 2:00-3:00; Tuesdays 9:00-10:00 and 3:00-4:00.

Wednesday January 24 (Lydon Library Room 203) .
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 31 (Lydon Library Room 203)
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 7

UML closed at noon, class cancelled

Wednesday February 14
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.  Latin abbreviations.
ASSIGNMENT 3: Citation rules for specific journals; Preparing a bibliography in EndNote. 

Wednesday February 21 (Lydon Library Room 203)
Quiz. Spectra.
 ASSIGNMENT 4: Spectral Information.

Wednesday February 28 (Lydon Library Room 203)
Organic Syntheses. Structure of journals and a journal article.  Finding journal articles in the library and retrieving articles from Storage. Primary/secondary articles, formats. Refereed journals. CASSI.  
ASSIGNMENT 5: Organic Syntheses. Finding a journal article. Handout: issue of a journal for each student.

Wednesday March 7 Class canceled by snow.  Online class:
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 14 Spring Break, no class

Wednesday March 21 (Lydon Library Room 203)
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 28  (Lydon Library Room 2003)
SciFinder Scholar. Preparations. Reactions, ways to search.

Wednesday April 4  (Lydon Library Room 203)
SciFinder Scholar. Reading older abstracts. Pre-1960 searching. Partial Citations.  

Wednesday April 11  (Lydon Library Room 203)
 Quiz SFS. Evaluation of Web pages.
ASSIGNMENT 10:  Web pages.

Wednesday April 18 (Lydon Library Room 203)
ASSIGNMENT 11:   Patents. 
 Guest Speaker, Paulina Borrego, Librarian, UMass Amherst.

Wednesday April 25 Olney Hall, Room 204.
overview and scope. Organization of an entry. Using it.
ASSIGNMENT 12: Beilstein

Wednesday May 2 (Lydon Library Room 203)
Open Access, including GallicaDOAJPubMedCentral. Embargoes. Google Scholar. PubMed.  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 Wednesday May 9, at 6:00 PM.