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American Chemical Society, Division of Chemical Information, Education Committee: Computer Searching of Chemical Abstracts: Appendix C.

Appendix C: Comparison of Database Vendors' Academic or Instructional Programs

Start-up Cost

Dialog CIP
None
STN Academic
$25 for STN account and $25 for academic program. One fee will be waived if both are paid at the same time.
STN Karlsruhe
$25 for research account, $25 for education account

Ongoing Costs

Dialog CIP
(1) $15/hr plus telecommunications costs ($3/hr Internet);
(2) $1500/password/year, no cap; maximum 12 passwords/institution
STN Academic File-dependent.
Doctoral granting institutions must maintain subscription to the full-service (print or microfilm) CA to get 80% discount. Complex cost structure for online charges. Schools not offering doctoral degree get 90% discount without subscribing. Telecommunications costs added ($5/hr Internet).
STN Karlsruhe
80% discount on same cost structure as STN Academic files. Telecommunications costs added.

Who is eligible

Dialog CIP
Accredited public or private educational institutions, continuing education, seminars and workshops, some corporate education programs
STN Academic
Colleges and universities.
STN Karlsruhe
Accredited educational institutions offering four-year scientific or related technical degrees.

Terms of use

Dialog CIP
Must be attached to a formal course, seminar, or workshop. Must take place in a supervised setting. Must be student involvement in the search strategy. Is not for personal use or professional research.
STN Academic
Must be used for educational purposes for faculty, staff, or students.
STN Karlsruhe
May not be used to provide services to anyone other than faculty, staff, and students of the subscribing institution. Cannot be used to provide information for privately funded research.

Files available

Dialog CIP
CA, ChemName, Beilstein, SciSearch, Inspec, many others
STN Academic
CA, CAOld, CIN, Registry, some learning files
STN Karlsruhe
12 chemistry-related databases (SpecInfo, NewCryst, ICSD, + 20 others

Times available

Dialog CIP
24 hour access
STN Academic
5pm to 5am local time
STN Karlsruhe
24 hour access (educational); 5pm to 5am local time (research)

Comments

Dialog CIP
CA does not have abstracts; ChemName does not have structure diagrams. Beilstein structures displayable only with DialogLink. SciSearch has author-provided abstracts.
STN Academic
Has CA provided abstracts and 2-D structure diagrams. Powerful and continually developing command structure. Excellent Help Desk for Academic contact only.
STN Karlsruhe

Who to call

Dialog CIP
1-800-3-DIALOG (800-334-2564)
STN Academic
1-800-753-4CAS (4227)
STN Karlsruhe
1-800-753-4CAS (4227)
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