Information Retrieval for Chemists: CHEM 2600

Course Description

Course: Information Retrieval, CHEM 2600 ; 2 credits
Corequisite: Organic Chemistry Laboratory IIA 

Dr. Marina Ruths, Professor, Department of Chemistry.  Office: Olney Hall, 216A. Hours: Mondays 2:00 to 3:00 PM; Tuesdays 3:00 to 5:00.PM
Ms. Marion Muskiewicz,  Adjunct Professor, Chemistry.  Office: Olney Hall, 216c.  Hours. Tuesdays from 12:30 PM  to 3:30 PM, Wednesdays from 2:00 to 3:30 PM.

Class will meet in Room 204, Lydon Library on Wednesdays from Noon to 12:50 PM.

Text: The University Library Holdings are your principal texts. You are required to have a UML email account (

WEB Site: The URL for the Home Page for Information Retrieval is

Course Assignments: Written assignments will be given weekly. All assignments are to be obtained from the Web site, given above. All written assignments are due (in hard copy) at 1:00 PM on Tuesday before the Wednesday class.  All assignments are to be submitted in the wall file at Olney 216a.  Late assignments will be assessed a 25 point penalty for each week the assignment is late. Any assignment that is graded "unacceptable" must be redone and resubmitted. "Unacceptable" assignments will be assessed as late assignments. The final exam will be a take-home exam that will include both hard copy and on-line searching.

Grading Assignments: Weekly Assignments(50%) + Quizzes (17%) + Final Exam (33%). At the end of the course, if any assignments graded "unacceptable" are still outstanding, their grades will be recorded as a ‘0’. If the final exam is graded "unacceptable", a grade of F will be given.  Final exam (in hard copy only) is due on the date and time set by the Registrar.

ELO: This course meets the Essential Learning Outcome (ELO) of Information Literacy as defined under the Core Curriculum requirements. As such, the course will instruct students as to the use of digital technologies, communication tools and/or networks to define a problem or an information need; devise an effective search strategy; identify, locate, and evaluate appropriate sources; and manage, synthesize, use and effectively communicate information ethically and legally.

Academic Integrity: Students are expected to abide by the Academic Integrity policies outlined here:

Disability Accommodations:
If you have a documented disability that will require classroom or testing accommodations, please notify us as soon as possible after the first class meeting so that we can make appropriate arrangements. Please speak to us either during office hours or privately after class as we respect and want to protect your privacy. For further information, visit the Student Disability Services webpage at In addition, Student Disability Services supports literacy software (available to all students) that allows you to read on-screen text aloud, research and check written work, and create study guides. You can download the software from

Spring, 2019

Marion S. Muskiewicz; Dr. Marina Ruths