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How to make your reaction search more effective in SciFinder Scholar Tuesday, 4 December 2007 4:26 pm

Posted by Dongmei in chemistry, database features, databases, search tips.
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SciFinder provides access to the largest reaction database in the world (CASREACT) with coverage from 1840 to the present. It contains more than 14 million single- and multi-step reactions, about 950 added weekly from patents and journals.

This tip sheet from CAS shows you how to search reactions effectively using some unique tools provided by SciFinder, to be more specific: Functional Groups and Filters. If use effectively, these tools will increase the precision of your queries.

SciFinder Scholar 2007 (for Windows and Mac) Wednesday, 8 August 2007 4:27 pm

Posted by Dongmei in chemistry, database features.
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SciFinder Scholar 2007, the newest version of SciFinder Scholar is here.

I spent a few days last month working with the new version. I loaded the installation file for Windows to the library server. I created a “how to install” page (How to Install SciFinder Scholar 2007 for Windows (for Faculty)) for you to follow along. For those that use SciFinder Scholar Toolbar (for IE), notice that there is a new version of it, you can either install it while you install SciFinder Scholar 2007 (for Windows), or download it from the library server afterwards (check out this page Add-on Software for Windows (IE toolbar, visualization tools to view 3D models)).

For those that using Mac, I generated an archive file of the application package from the disk image file and loaded on the library server. Here’s a very simple instruction on how to install it on your Mac (How to Install SciFinder Scholar 2007 for Mac OS X (for Faculty)).

As far as tutorials go, there are two pdf documents to help you:
Getting Started with SciFinder Scholar 2007 (for Windows)
Getting Started with SciFinder Scholar 2007 (for Mac OS X)
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For your convenience, I created a separate page SciFinder Scholar 2007 with all these links on it. If you’re not familiar with SciFinder Scholar, you can learn more about it from the SciFinder Scholar Gateway Page.

There are quite a few new features in this new version, include:

  • Categorize references
  • Save answers
  • Combine answer sets
  • Export commercial chemicals records from CHEMCATS ® into Excel
  • Explore from substance displays
  • Print structures in grid format
  • Compatible with Windows Vista™ and Mac OS X

I spent some time this month completely updating the SciFinder Scholar Gateway Page I initially created in 2005 (updated a few times before). Time flies, lots of the contents were related to SciFinder Scholar 2004, which was outdated. All the contents (and links) are now updated, I also changed the page layout a little bit.

Some big (and good) news: Apparently there is a Web version of Sci-Finder in the works, they’ll discuss this in the ACS National Meeting this month. I’m very much looking forward to that Web version, are you?

newer version of SciFinder Scholar for Mac OS X users Tuesday, 11 July 2006 4:27 pm

Posted by Dongmei in chemistry, database features, databases.
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That is: SciFinder Scholar 2006!

So now, you Mac users can enjoy these new, powerful features too:

  • Structure Similarity Searching
  • New structure and reaction query tools: Variable Attachment Position tool and Repeating Group tool
  • Easy access to additional reaction information
  • Enhanced multi-step reaction display
  • New quick look-up of research references
  • Duplicate detection/removal…and much more!

Yesterday I spent the day testing this new version, it works just fine. I generated an archive file of the application package and loaded on the library server (I tested this installation file too, it works well. It’s been a while since the release of last version of SciFinder Scholar for Mac OS X, I almost forgot how to use a Mac!). I also created a “how to install” page (How to Install SciFinder Scholar 2006 for Mac OS X) for you to follow along, and added links to the SciFinder Scholar Gateway Page and SciFinder Scholar 2006 Page that I created a while back.

As far as tutorial goes, there’s a 13 page pdf document to help you, Getting Started with SciFinder Scholar 2006 for Mac OS X (linked on the SciFinder Scholar Gateway Page and SciFinder Scholar 2006 Page).
You may also wish to go to http://www.cas.org/SCIFINDER/SCHOLAR/scholwhatsnew.html to view examples that will show you the latest SciFinder Scholar 2006 features.

upcoming e-seminar on SciFinder’s Substructure Searching (SSM) Saturday, 15 April 2006 3:32 pm

Posted by Dongmei in chemistry, database features, databases, e-seminars.
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One live e-seminar on SciFinder Scholar's Substructure Searching Module (SSM) coming soon:

April 18, 2006
9:00 pm- 10:00 pm EDT
SciFinder: Exploring Structure Similarity

To enroll, click on the link below https://casevents.webex.com/casevents/onstage/searchecchemical.php?CPRO=SciFinder&CAUD=a1e52027267c

If the time is not good for you, or you just don't have the time now, you can always view the recorded session in the recorded e-seminars section.

Reference Linking in JSTOR; search JSTOR content in Google and Google Scholar Wednesday, 1 March 2006 8:48 pm

Posted by Dongmei in database features, databases, What's new at Google?!.
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Reference Linking in JSTOR 

Yesterday, JSTOR announced its official release of reference linking functionality. Reference linking enables JSTOR users to follow a link from a reference in an article directly to the cited article. (A feature should be familiar for the open Web users). At this time, the reference linking capability is internal – links are currently available only between journals archived in JSTOR. Approximately 18,000 links are currently available from a small number of journals, and JSTOR expects to complete retrospective reference capture for all current holdings in 2007.  

For more details about reference linking, check out http://www.jstor.org/help/reference.linking.htmlJSTOR Crawl Site Update

Google (not surprising!) is the first search engine company that signed a license agreement with JSTOR and is allowed to crawl and index the scholarly literature in the archive. The crawl site contains the full-text or optical character recognition (OCR) files for the majority of journals participating in JSTOR. More than 2 million of the full-length articles and book reviews archived by JSTOR are searchable in both Google and Google Scholar.