1 SciFinder®: Setting the Scene.
1.1 “I just want to Do a Quick and Simple search on…”
1.2 The SciFinder Way.
1.3 Looking Ahead.
2 Databases in SciFinder.
2.1 CAS Bibliographic Database (CAPLUS).
2.2 NLM Bibliographic Database (MEDLINE).
2.3 CAS Substance Database (REGISTRY).
2.4 CAS Chemical Reaction Database (CASREACT®).
2.5 CAS Chemical Catalog Database (CHEMCATS®).
2.6 CAS Regulatory Information Database (CHEMLIST®).
2.7 Summary of Key Points.
3 Explore by Research Topic.
3.2 How SciFinder Converts the Query to a List of Candidates.
3.3 How is a Concept Derived?
3.4 Choosing Candidates.
3.5 Working from the Reference Screen.
3.6 Working from the Record Screen.
3.7 Applying Scientific Method to Information Retrieval.
3.8 Summary of Key Points.
4 Explore by Chemical Substance.
4.2 Registration of Substances.
4.3 Searching for Substances: The Alternatives.
4.4 Explore Substances: Chemical Structure.
4.5 Explore Substances: Substance Identifier.
4.6 Explore Substances: Molecular Formula.
4.7 Explore References: Research Topic.
4.8 Summary of Key Points.
5 Substructure and Similarity Searching.
5.2 Searching Structures: Substructure.
5.3 Searching Structures: Working from the Initial Substance Answer Set.
5.4 Similarity Search.
5.5 Further Examples of Show Precision Analysis.
5.6 Additional Structure Query Options.
5.7 Getting References.
5.8 Combining Explore Substances and Explore References.
5.9 Summary of Key Points.
6 Additional Search and Display Options.
6.2 Explore: Author Name.
6.3 Explore: Company Name.
6.4 Explore: Document Identifier.
6.5 Explore: Journal and Explore: Patent.
6.6 Getting Information from Bibliographic Records.
6.7 Further Issues with Finding Information on Substances.
6.8 Opportunities for MEDLINE Searchers.
6.9 Searching for Substances in the Biological Sciences.
6.10 Searching for Information on Polymers.
6.11 Summary of Key Points.
7 Searching for Information on Chemical Reactions.
7.2 Specific Search Options in CASREACT.
7.3 Reaction Search Strategies.
7.4 Searching for Reactions through Explore References: Research Topic.
7.5 Combining Structure, Reaction, Functional Group and Keyword Terms.
7.6 Summary of Key Points.
Appendix 1. Some SciFinder Resources.
Appendix 2. CAS Roles in CAPLUS.
Appendix 3. Some Basic Principles Used by SciFinder in the Interpretation of a Research Topic Query.
Appendix 4. Registration of Substances.
A4.1 Single Component Substances.
A4.2 Multicomponent Substances.
A4.3 Metal Complexes.
A4.5 Other Cases.
Appendix 5. Understanding Structure Searches.
A5.1 The Resonance Issue.
A5.2 The Tautomerism Issue.
A5.3 Chain Lock Tool.
A5.4 Ring Lock Tool.
Appendix 6. Original Publication Discussed in Chapter 7, Section 7.1.
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