How to Find Chemical Information: A Guide for Practicing Chemists, Educators, and Students / Edition 2

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A practical approach to the focal issues of chemical information sources, showing how to efficiently locate, use, and in some cases evaluate chemical data. Presents the most important and enduring classical tools, the more significant newer tools, and the underlying methods, principles, and keys needed to cope with the constantly changing array of chemical information sources and tools. Shows how to keep up to data on latest developments, how to let chemical information specialists obtain obscure, needed documents, and how to use Chemical Abstrcts. Examines on-line retrieval systems, patents, and safety-related topics (including environmental aspects). Provides for a savings in time and money as well as the freedom to spark new and creative ideas.
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Library Journal
Coming 11 years after its predecessor, this third edition likewise provides a broad overview of the literature, important research tools, and data depositories or information centers providing chemical information. Expanded coverage includes appropriate updating throughout all of the chapters as well as the addition of new material on the Internet and other electronic sources, a new section on the journal literature, and extensive updating on new products from Chemical Abstracts Service. Appendixes include a summary of relevant online databases and a chart indicating which vendors carry databases produced by Chemical Abstracts. Maizell, a chemical information consultant and former industrial chemistry librarian, has created a useful work for practicing chemists and librarians alike, providing a fine road map to the various primary and secondary sources of chemical information. Recommended for academic libraries and large public libraries with extensive science reference collections.--Wade Lee, Univ. of Toledo, OH
The volume of print, CD-ROM, and Internet information on the over 17 million existent chemical compounds is growing everyday. This handbook explores strategies and resources available to chemists for finding information efficiently. Eighteen chapters treat such topics as: information flow and communication patterns in the field; search strategy; access to articles, patents, translations, and specifications; the Chemical Abstracts Service and other abstracting and indexing services; United States Government technical information centers; online systems, the Internet, and CD-ROMs; reviews; encyclopedias and other major reference works; journals; patent documents; and locating and using physical property. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"…a useful work for practicing chemists and librarians alike, providing a fine road map to the various primary and secondary sources of chemical information." (Library Journal, September 1, 1998)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471867678
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/1987
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Robert E. Maizell is founder and Director of Technology Information Consultants, New Haven, Connecticut. He is coauthor of Abstracting Scientific and Technical Literature, a contributor to the ACS book Trends in Chemical Consulting, and author of many papers.

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Table of Contents

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List of Products and/or Services Requiring Trademark, Registered, or Servicemark Symbols
1 Basic Concepts 1
2 Information Flow and Communication Patterns in Chemistry 7
3 Search Strategy 10
4 Keeping Up to Date: Current Awareness Programs 13
5 How to Get Access to Articles, Patents, Translations, Specifications, and Other Documents Quickly and Efficiently 38
6 Chemical Abstracts Service: History and Development 60
7 Essentials of Chemical Abstracts Use 107
8 Selected Other Abstracting and Indexing Services of Interest to Chemists 140
9 Some United States Government Technical Information Centres and Sources 170
10 Online Systems and Databases, the Internet, CD-ROMs, and Related Topics 181
11 Reviews 247
12 Encyclopedias and Other Major References Books; Journals 251
I Encyclopedias and Other Major Reference Books 251
II Journals 294
13 Patent Documents with a Brief Section on Trademarks 314
14 Environment, Safety, and Related Topics 367
15 Locating and Using Physical Property and Related Data 403
16 Chemical Marketing and Business Information Sources 441
17 Process Information 460
18 Analytical Chemistry: A Brief Review of Some of the Literature Sources 464
App. A Herman Skolnik Award 473
App. B The Austin M. Patterson-E. J. Crane Award 477
App. C Tabulation of Selected Representative Online Databases That Are of Interest to Chemists and Chemical Engineers 480
App. D CAS Online Databases Available from Major Hosts Vendors Used in the United States 487
Index 489
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