Which should you ask your library to buy ? SciFinder Scholar, CA Student Edition, or General Science Abstracts: Patricia E. Kirkwood University of Arkansas Engineering and Mathematics Librarian We are a small school We have no access to a consortia We need to meet the CPT guidelines
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Patricia E. Kirkwood
University of Arkansas
Engineering and Mathematics Librarian
We have no access to a consortia
We need to meet the CPT guidelines
Libraries want a defined cost with campus wide accessThe Issue to resolve
Students must have print or electronic access to Guidelines and Evaluation Procedures, 2/27/2007 draftChemical Abstracts, including the ability to search and access full abstracts.4.4 Chemical Information Resources
The student conducts undergraduate research with a faculty advisor, allowing the student to draw on faculty expertise and encouraging a student-faculty mentor relationship. The research project should be envisioned as a component of a publication in a peer-reviewed journal. It should be well-defined, stand a reasonable chance of completion in the available time, apply and develop an understanding of in-depth concepts, use a variety of instrumentation, and be grounded in the chemical literature.6. Undergraduate Research
7.2 Chemical Literature Skills. advisor, allowing the student to draw on faculty expertise and encouraging a student-faculty mentor relationship. The research project should be envisioned as a component of a publication in a peer-reviewed journal. It should be well-defined, stand a reasonable chance of completion in the available time, apply and develop an understanding of in-depth concepts, use a variety of instrumentation,
Students should be able to use the peer-reviewed scientific literature effectively and evaluate technical articles critically.
They should learn how to retrieve specific information from the chemical literature, including the use of Chemical Abstracts and other compilations, with online, interactive database-searching tools.
Approved programs must provide instruction on the effective retrieval and use of the chemical literature.
A specific course is an excellent means of imparting information-retrieval skills, though such a course usually would not qualify as an in-depth course. Integrating the use of these skills into several individual courses is also an effective approach. Both library and online exercises should be a part of such instruction.7. Development of Student Skills
We have less that 5K a year for 35 FTE students to learn chemical searching
And our faculty need access to Chemical Abstracts as well.
We have an excellent librarian, however, chemistry is not one of his subject strengths.
Who is going to teach the students about information retrieval?Added issues
All use controlled vocabulary.
All available for under $5K
All index selective science journals with titles used by undergraduates in their assignments included.
Librarians and scientists look at databases differently. chemical searching
You need a product that students can become comfortable with rather quickly that doesn’t hide the realities of this process.Database features
Over 9,500 currently published journals and patent information from more than 50 active patent issuing authorities
1890 –SciFinder Scholar basics
Client server software information from more than 50 active patent issuing authorities
Not available off campus
Requires special set up for training account access
Is not a search engine non-science librarians are comfortable
Restricted to 1 user at a time.SciFinder Scholar ISSUES
Available through OCLC First Search – an interface that is familiar to many librarians
316 Journals (all ACS journals, all but 1CPT recommended journals) indexed
No conferences included
No patents included
1967 to current
Uses RN and all controlled vocabulary of full CA
Does not have the registry file componentCA Student Edition
HW Wilson Product familiar to many librarians
Available on many platforms with and without full text added
300 journals in all science areas with a large focus in chemistry and biology
Controlled vocabularyGeneral Science Abstracts information
SciFinder Scholar indexes all CPT required and recommended journals, but not every article of every journal.
CA Student Edition is a subset of SciFinder
General Science Abstracts has journal that are most likely available at small institutions or through Interlibrary LoanContent analysis
Canadian Journal of Chemistry
Chemical Physics Letters
Chemistry - A European Journal
Chemistry and Biology
Chemistry Letters (Japan)
European Journal of Biochemistry
European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
European Journal of Organic Chemistry
Helvetica Chimica Acta
Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
Inorganica Chimica Acta
Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry
Journal of Catalysis
Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Journal of Chromatography
Journal of Coordination Chemistry
Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry
Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Journal of Molecular Biology
Journal of Organometallic Chemistry
Journal of Polymer Science
Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry
New Journal of Chemistry
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Pure and Applied Chemistry
Trends in Biochemical Sciences
55 Titles in common
Predictable pricing journals, but not every article of every journal.
Access – time restrictions, access limits,
Software and computing requirementsLibrary concerns
Structure searching journals, but not every article of every journal.
When do your students need to learn these skills?Skills that can not be taught with CA student Edition
STN Easy journals, but not every article of every journal.
STN on the Web
These versions are “pay as you go” and could be used to enhance access for research access as well as structure searchingOther alternatives not explored