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American Chemical Society, Division of Chemical Information, Education Committee: Computer Searching of Chemical Abstracts: Typical Reasons for Searching.

Typical Purposes for Searching Chemical Abstracts

Subject Bibliography

  1. acquire a list of references on a topic, e.g.
    1. specific instrumental techniques
    2. new applications of laboratory techniques
    3. new photochemical techniques
  2. find review articles on a topic, e.g., above.

Substance Searches

  1. first, locate relevant Registry Numbers
    1. via chemical name: complete name or segments of names
    2. via molecular formula
    3. via structure search (exact or substructure)
  2. second, search for articles, patents, etc.
    1. properties
    2. preparation
    3. reactions
    4. toxicity
    5. uses

Author Bibliography

  1. articles on a specific topic
  2. recent articles by author on any topic
  3. complete bibliography of an author
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