Wednesday, April 27, 2011

SciFinder: New Features

The web version of SciFinder recently introduced a few new features. It includes SciPlanner (a synthesis planner), sorting by citation counts, pasting from ISIS/Draw, and links for Medline references. SciPlanner looks very similar to the Synthesis Plans in the Reaxys database and sorting by citation count takes a page from citation databases like Web of Science and Scopus. If interested in learning more, please let me know. CAS also has information on their Support and Training website:

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sharing References, Structures, and Reactions in SciFinder

Using the "Link" feature in the web version of SciFinder allows you to share references, structures, and reactions you find with colleagues who are also using the web version of SciFinder. Just click the "Link" icon to obtain a URL for the reference, structure, or reaction to share with others. Alternatively, you can select and save the results from a search. Then open the "Saved Answer Sets" and click "Link" to obtain a URL. If interested in learning more, please drop by or email me.

What's SciFinder? A comprehensive database for chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry, and related subjects. It includes information on substances, reactions, and provides structure and substructure searching. Indexes journals, patents, conference proceedings, and some technical reports. Coverage 1907-present. Here is a link to the library's SciFinder webpage to register:

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Standard Methods and Analytical Procedures for Chemical and Materials Testing

Various standards and analytical procedures for chemical/materials testing are available from ACS, ASTM, AOAC, ANSI and other issuing agencies. Some sources are print (e.g., ACS's Reagent Chemicals), but others are online (e.g., active ASTM standards via SAI, AOAC's Official Methods of Analysis, Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater). If interested in learning more, please drop by or contact me.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Searching/Accessing Testing Standards (e.g., ASTM, ANSI, etc.)

Searching for various testing standards (e.g., ASTM, ANSI, etc.)? The SAI Global Standards database provides immediate access to active ASTM standards and current ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code, as well as means to request other standards. There is information about searching/accessing standards on our Standards Resource Guide: If interested in learning more, please let me know.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

ChemSpider - A free “structure centric” database

ChemSpider, which is a freely available database hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry. The database leverages content from 400 web sources to create a “structure centric” database offering chemical information on over 25 million compounds. If interested in learning more, please drop by or contact me. There is more information about ChemSpider at their webpage:

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Citation/Bibliographic Managers (EndNote and RefWorks)

This week's topic are EndNote and RefWorks, which are two bibliographic managers that will allow you to save, manage, and cite references downloaded from a variety of sources (e.g., SciFinder or Web of Science). You can essentially build your own bibliographic database using these software products. If interested in learning more, please drop by mu office or contact me. There is more information about accessing and getting started at the following webpage:

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Interactive Tables and Graphs in Knovel - An eBook Collection of Science/Engineering

Knovel - a collection science and engineering eBooks - contains productivity tools that allows one to interactively plot and extrapolate data contained within tables and graphs of eBooks in Knovel [e.g., Yaw's Chemical Properties Handbook, Polymer Handbook, and DIPPR 801 (A database containing thermophysical properties)]. If interested, please let me know. I can come by and do a demo or provide more information. You can access the database from the library's database webpage or directly using the following URL: