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Saturday, June 13 • 8:00am - 12:00pm
Chemical Information Sources, Requests, and Reference

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This hands-on course introduces learners to the types of questions that chemical researchers ask and reference sources that can be used to answer them. It will provide an overview of the structure of the chemical literature, types of reference sources in the chemical sciences, unique access points for chemical information, and strategies for an effective search. Informal lectures, interspersed with hands-on reference questions, will compare and describe the major chemical information resources.

Program Takeaways

  1. Participants will learn search strategies for chemical information retrieval, including methods of translating chemists’ queries into a format appropriate to the sources available.

  2. Participants will examine some primary resources in chemical information and the more common types of information requests in chemistry, and will learn the most efficient and cost-effective routes to answer a question.

  3. Participants will learn the basics of substructure and sequence searching. 


Judith Currano

Head, Chemistry Library, University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Dawn French

Senior Analyst, Knowledge Services Research & Development, Cristal USA

Saturday June 13, 2015 8:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Convention Center, Room 104A
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