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How to Find Chemical Information: A Guide for Practicing Chemists, Educators, and Students, 3rd Edition



How to Find Chemical Information: A Guide for Practicing Chemists, Educators, and Students, 3rd Edition

Robert E. Maizell

ISBN: 978-0-471-12579-2 April 1998 544 Pages


"Highly recommended for anyone in chemistry looking for a very readable book on chemical information retrieval." -Journal of the American Chemical Society (on the Second Edition)

The Essential Guide to Using CHemical Information Sources-in a brand-new Third Edition

More chemical information resources exist now than ever before, in an array of formats that can be daunting to novices and experts alike in every discipline of the field. Yet a sound working knowledge of available sources and how to access them is an invaluable asset to anyone working in the fast-moving world of modern chemistry-an essential tool for saving time, money, and effort.

This new edition of How to Find Chemical Information guides readers skillfully through today's complex maze of chemical information sources and systems, whether in electronic or printed form. It combines an in-depth examination of chemical information tools and access methods with tested principles for assessing and selecting the most appropriate sources for different needs. Thoroughly revised and updated to address all major developments and trends of recent years, How to Find Chemical Information, Third Edition is a peerless resource that features:
* The mechanics of chemistry information flow, communication patterns, and search strategies
* Detailed and up-to-date material on Chemical Abstracts Service and its products
* Other private and government chemical information sources
* Online databases, host systems, Internet files, CD-ROMs, and other electronic products and how these fit into the total information picture
* Encyclopedias, other major reference books, and reviews
* Journals and patent documents
* Coverage of safety, the environment, and related topics
* Chemical marketing and business resources
* Physical property data, process information, and more
Basic Concepts.

Information Flow and Communication Patterns in Chemistry.

Search Strategy.

Keeping Up to Date: Current Awareness Programs.

How to Get Access to Articles, Patents, Translations, Specifications, and Other Documents Quickly and Efficiently.

Chemical Abstracts Service: History and Development.

Essentials of Chemical Abstracts Use.

Selected Other Abstracting and Indexing Services of Interest to Chemists.

Some United States Government Technical Information Centers and Sources.

Online Systems and Databases, the Internet, CD-ROMs, and Related Topics.


Encyclopedias and Other Major References Books;

Patent Documents (with a Brief Section on Trademarks).

Environment, Safety, and Related Topics.

Locating and Using Physical Property and Related Data.

Chemical Marketing and Business Information Sources.

Process Information.

Analytical Chemistry: A Brief Review of Some of the Literature Sources.


"…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)