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Chemists love to make their references as short as possible! They also love abbreviations. This can make things a little tricky when you are creating your reference section, or trying to interpret someone else's. Here are some tools you can use to figure out those abbreviations.
CAplus Core Titles List
This isn't really searchable, but that's why we have CTRL+F. This is a list of the most important chemical journals and their abbreviations.
CAS Source Index (CASSI)
This is a searchable index of all of the journals that have appeared in Chemical Abstracts since 1907. The results lists can be a bit confusing but if you're having trouble finding your journal in the CAplus Core Titles List, give it a try!
NLM Journals Search
This allows you to search, but still not as easy as it should be. Put your journal title or abbreviation in quotes so the system doesn't get confused!
SciFinder Search Tips & Support
SciFinder Training Videos
Includes videos on how to conduct exact structure, substructure, and similarity structure searches. Many videos are available in Chinese, Spanish, and Portuguese.
How to Search for Chemicals
- You can use trade names, common names, or IUPAC names.
- Databases that use chemical 'indexing' (like SciFinder) usually include results for alternative names for the same chemical
- Searching by name in a more general database (like Web of Science) may get inconsistent results, since they don't include synonyms
- Molecular Formula
- Very rarely useful to search, because there are so many chemicals with the same formula!
- Molecular Structure
- Sometimes useful because it can allow you to do similarity searching and substructure searching. Sometimes it is overkill when you have a name (quicker).
- CAS Registry Number - best option if available!
- If the tool you are using allows for CAS Registry Number, this will be your best bet. CAS Registry Numbers are like social security numbers for chemicals. Names can change, molecular formulas can be shared, but CAS numbers are unique to that chemical!
Links to Resources
These are some suggestions for tools you can use to do research on your drug.
DO THIS FIRST! Before you can use SciFinder, you need to register for an account using your @wellesley.edu email address. This must be done from on-campus.
This is THE database in chemistry. You can use this database to find information about chemical topics, compounds, and reactions. The extra chemical 'indexing' gives you better results.
Web of Science
Awesome database to do topic searching. Links together citing articles. Doesn't have extra chemical 'indexing'.
ACS Style Quick Guide
Models of how to cite your sources
Wellesley College Chemistry Research Guide
Look here for additional resources including finding background information, books, articles, and spectra, as well as information about citing sources and professional societies in chemistry.
Provides information on the biological activities of small molecules and contains over 7,180 million records, 63 million structures, and 1 million BioAssays.
How Scientific Information is Communicated
Scientists communicate their work in a variety of ways. Here is some additional information:
When scientists publish their research, it often goes through peer-review.
Scrutinizing science: Peer review
From Understanding Science, a free online resource developed by the University of California Paleontology Museum at Berkeley.
The Flow of Scientific Information
You start with an idea, where does it go next? This pdf from St. Lawrence University outlines the flow of scientific information from idea all the way through to tertiary literature.
Use this software to draw chemical structures. Draw professional looking structures for your lab reports, presentations, and Organic Chemistry II Paper!
Browse Top Ranked Journals: Organic Chemistry
These are some quick links to top-ranked journals, which are not meant to represent our entire collection. Check the catalog for more journals additional coverage.