CHEM 23201– Fall 2014


Finding & Presenting Chemical Information

A student who intends to become a practicing chemist, or who will use chemistry in allied fields of science and medicine, should know how to use the chemical literature effectively and efficiently.  With the continued information explosion, much time can be wasted and important information missed unless an efficient information research strategy is developed.


Thurston Miller, 231 Nieuwland Science Hall,

Session 1:

Introduction, Copyright,Writing citations, Using ND Catalog

Syllabus   Slides   Assignment 1

Decision Tree (pdf)

Practice - Decision Tree

Podcasts – be prepared to discuss by Labor Day
(click & drag the links to the desktop / Open iTunes / File -> Add File to Library -> find the files on the desktop)

1   Plagiarism- 4:48 (last 40 seconds is blank)
2   Copyright - 9:20
3   Fair Use - 9:38

Article to read: Chemistry World, March 2008

Presentation sign-up sheet

Section 01
Section 02
Section 03
Section 04

Compound Options

Section 01
Section 02
Section 03
Section 04

Session 2:

Research Strategy worksheet, ePortfolio

Lecture Slides 

Research Strategy


Session 3:

Subject conventions, searching

Lecture Slides    Practice  Web page reliability
Assignment 2

Newspapers, Trade, and Professional News

Session 4:

Searching SciFinder-Bibliographic

Lecture Slides    Practice   Assignment 3 

Session 5:

Searching Web of Science

Lecture Slides     Practice   

Session 6:

Finding physical and chemical properties using Reaxys

Lecture Slides     Practice    Assignment 4

Finding Facts (pdf) Finding Facts Worksheet (xls)

Communication is divided into three parts - Words, Vocal Elements and Nonverbal Elements.

These parts are not equal partners. Words comprise ~7%, Vocal Elements comprise ~38%, and Nonverbal Elements comprise ~55%. In other words, vocal elements convey roughly 5 times more importance or information than words. And nonverbal elements convey roughly 8 times more importance or information than words. Therefore, it is extremely important that the vocal and nonverbal match the words.

Below are four videos providing examples of when the vocal doesn't match up with the words. I call it upvoice but others call it uptalking or high rising terminals.

FCTV: The Stupidity of...Uptalking (2:01)
Three examples illustrating the difference between a question tone (upvoice) and a statement tone.

Presentation Tip: use your voice more effectively (3:15)
How does your tone indicate or reinforce a question, a statement and a command?

Does Uptalk Make You Upchuck (4:29)
What is the presenter's view of upvoice in the workplace?

Australian accent speaking about Aussie accent (2:03)
Between 1:00 and 1:50, how many times do you hear upvoice?


Session 7:

Searching Scifinder – Structure and Reaction

Lecture Slides   Practice      Extra Credit


Session 8:

Searching Reaxys - Structure and Reaction

Lecture Slides   Practice
Sample 1 | Sample 2


Session 9:

Searching for Patents

Lecture Slides    Practice
Citations (Good Bad Ugly)
Parts of a Patent
Presentation Checklist
Assignment 7

Session 10

Searching Bioinformatics Databases

Lecture Slides    Practice

Session 11:


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