The High Library
Elizabethtown College

Chemistry 361 and Chemistry 461
A Library Research Guide

Effective searching
Literature searches
Tracking popular literature
Browsing table of contents and email alerts
Analyzing/Saving/Combining SciFinder Scholar search results
Locating journal articles

These are only some of the sources that may be useful to you.  Please contact me for help with any of your research, Sylvia Morra, x1452 or email AskUs.

Tips for effective searching and Boolean logic
Be persistent in your searching.
Try synonyms.
Try both singular and plural forms of words (use a "+" sign in GenSciAbs to search both singular and plurals e.g. enzyme+).
If searching a compound word, try it as one word and as two words (e.g. rain forest or rainforest) to see which retrieves the most useful results.
If searching a term with an internal dash, search the term in each database with and without the internal dash (e.g. x-ray vs. x ray) to see which retrieves the most useful results.
Truncation retrieves all the various word endings. ex: inhibit* retrieves inhibit, inhibits, inhibitor, inhibition, etc.
Narrow a search by using subject headings. Locate subject headings by looking at the descriptors associated with articles and books.

Literature Searches

SciFinder Scholar
  SciFinder Scholar is a desktop research tool used to access Chemical Abstracts Service. Access is limited to on-campus. The college shares access to the database with 6 or 7 other institutions.
    Sources include journals, patents, conference proceedings, dissertations, technical reports, books, etc.
Includes chemical substances, including organic and inorganic compounds, sequences, coordination compounds, polymers and alloys. Reaction information for single- and multiple-step reactions. Chemical source information, including supplier addresses and pricing info. Use the Merck Index to locate CAS registry numbers for compounds to aid in effective searching.
First time registration must occur on campus and etown email address must be used. Contact Sylvia Morra for the registration URL.
    How to information available here.

1. The initial query should include 2-5 terms. Use prepositions between concepts to avoid too many words within a single phrase. Use AND and OR as precisely as possible. (SciFinder Scholar generates synonyms and automatic truncation for keywords. ex: a search for 'tropical plants' will produce hits for tropical and tropics as well as tropanes.)

2.  Look carefully at the concepts that have been identified generated by SciFinder Scholar in order to verify that the algorithm has been applied in the intended manner.

3. 'Closely associated' means that all the concepts are in the title, in the same sentence in the abstract or in a single index heading field. 'Anywhere in the reference' means that the concepts are present somewhere in the title, abstract, and index fields. The assumption is that the closer the concepts are, the more directly related they are.

4. 'As entered' does not search on variant spellings, singulars/plurals or truncation.

5. Sometimes using a single search term is better. One can analyze/refine the search later.

American Chemical Society (1906+)
The College subscribes to the following ACS journals: Accounts of Chemical Research, ACS Chemical Biology, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Communications, Chemical Reviews, Inorganic Chemistry, Journal of Chemical Theory & Computation, Journal of Chemical Education, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Journal of Organic Chemistry, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Organic Letters, Organometallics, and ACS Archives. To see a listing of journal titles included in the ACS Archives, click here.
Academic Search Premier (1975+)
    This multi-disciplinary database indexes more than 8000 journals. Full text for more than 3600 scholarly journals. Indexing goes back to 1975 for some journals.
     Science specific search engine that filters out non-scientific sites. Searches ScienceDirect and Medline databases. Includes full text from Crystallography Journals Online, BioMedCentral, Cogprints, NASA technical reports, arXive, etc.

     Provides online content services for more than 270 publishers. Ingenta is primarily a document delivery service. Locate citations to articles, then check library holdings; if not owned locally, order on interlibrary loan.

ICPSR (Inter-university consortium for social and political research)(varies)
    Use SPSS statistical software to analyze data on survey topics such as chemical weapons and chemical warfare.

Tracking Popular Literature

Science News


New York Times Science Section

MSNBC Science and Technology

Browsing Table of Contents
SciFinder Scholar
Click on Journal, and enter the name of the journal. Enter the publication year and press Search.

Email Alerts and Table of Contents Notification Services
Set up email alerts as well as journal table of contents alerts using the following link:
(Create a free ACS login. ACS requires an email confirmation as the final step of registration.)

Academic Search Premier (1975+)
    To set up email alerts for specific journals: Click on Publications and search for the journal name. Click on the title of the journal for publication details. Click on Alert/Save/Share link. Create an account by clicking on "Sign into my Ebscohost".
    Select Create an alert. The Journal Alert Screen appears. One can select how long the journal alert should run.  One can also set up email alerts for specific subject searches.
In addition, the database allows one to follow the citations through the cited references.

Analyze References in SciFinder Scholar

1.  Analyze by journal name to determine key journals in a particular research area.

 2. Categorize by Index terms to focus your search.

3. Analyze by author name and/or company to determine key individuals in a particular field.

Saving Searches in SciFinder Scholar
Saving searches

Combining Searches in SciFinder Scholar  
Combine searches

How do I find a copy of the article? What is available here and now?
Search for full text articles in journals using the following link: Locate E-town Journals.
Type the name of the journal next to 'Find:' and then press 'Search'. Full text can be electronic or within the library in paper, microfiche or microfilm.
Check the publication dates of the article against the listing of years for the database or the years listed 'Within the High Library'. If the database includes those years click on the link, add in an author's name or title of the article. The full text link should appear at the end of the citation.
    Current year paper issues of journals in the High Library are on the entrance level.
    Older print journals are on Level One, alphabetically by journal title.
    If the journal is on microfiche or microfilm, copies can be made in the library. Ask the reference librarian or circulation student assistants for help. Order copies online by using ILLiad.  Click on Request an Article and fill out the form. You will receive an email when the article is available on ILLiad for downloading.

What if it is not here?
Order items from another library, if the High Library doesn't own that specific journal or have it for the years that you need it. Requesting the article can be done through the databases or through the following link: ILLiad (Interlibrary Loan). Allow a minimum of 4-5 working days for the article to arrive. First time users must register using network account logon. Request articles online, pick up articles on the web site, request renewals online and check the status of your requests.

Chemistry Subject Guide--Background information and other library resources

New Dictionary of Scientific Biography. 8 vols. 2008 (Ref 509.22 N532)

Biography Index (1946-1998 on Level One, 1999-present Reference Room Index Area)
Each volume includes an index to professions and occupations--listing of Chemists. Search each year of the print index under the chemist's name for articles and books about that person.

Nobel Laureates

The Who's Who of Nobel Prize Winners 1901-1995. 3rd. ed. 1996. (Ref 001.44 W628 1996)
    The main entry section (p.3) begins with a brief biography of Nobel Prize winners in Chemistry from 1901-1995.

Use the following reference titles to find more information about Chemistry Nobel Prize winners.
Nobel Prize Winners.
1987. (Ref 001.44 N744)

Nobel Prize Winners 1987-1991 Supplement. 1992. (Ref 001.44 N744 1987)

Nobel Laureates in Medicine or Physiology. 1990. Ref 610.922 F791b)

Other Resources
Information Retrieval SciFinder and SciFinder Scholar
. Ridley, Damon. 2003. (025.065 R545i)

ACS Style guide. Coghill, Anne M. and Lorrin R. Garson, eds. 2006. (Ref 808.06654 Ac187 2006)

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