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CH 676 Physical Chemistry:Principles and Applications


SciFinder Scholar Tips

Boston College Libraries and other information sources

What's in SciFinder?

Scifinder provides online access to the complete Chemical Abstracts database, covering the world's literature of chemistry and related fields from 1907 -. All types of literature are covered, including journal articles, books, patents, etc.  Scroll down to find information on how to access SciFinder here at Boston College.

Access to SciFinder

SciFinder is available to members of the Boston College community.  Register for an account on the Web version of SciFinder by locating the SciFinder page on the BC Libraries' database page.  Enter your Agora information for access.  Then follow the links given at the top of the page.  (Use the "Register" link the first time you use the database, and "Sign In" on subsequent visits.)  Be sure to read the license restrictions.

Looking for References in SciFinder?

Choose the Explore References icon near the top of the screen:

  • Use the default search, Explore References, for “conceptual” questions (in other words:  for pretty much any search other than specific compound searching, which you search under "Explore Substances").
  • Input your search statement just as you would say it – with all of the necessary prepositions.  Boolean operators (And, Or, Not) do not work in the usual way here.
  • Try varying your search terms (specific and general) in sequential searches since SF indexes at the most specific level of the content of the article, i.e.  in searching for literature on synthesizing nanoparticles for shape control, you might search on: Shape (morphology) of colloidal nanoparticles (colloidal nanocrystals)... but, you might also want to try searching on terms such as synthesis (preparation) of nanocrystals for geometry
  • Additional details:
      • Truncation is taken care of, so your search on “nanocrystal” should automatically retrieve:  nanocrystals, nanocrystalline
    • Synonyms:  you don’t normally need to worry about these (they have been added for the most part), but to make sure, you can add a synonym within parentheses.
    • Keep phrases joined -- notice that "colloidal" is shown with both "nanoparticles" and "nanocrystals", above.

(The examples, above, show the use of two synonyms (in parentheses);  SciFinder does best, however, with a no more than a single synonym in a search statement.)

Subject Guide

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Enid Karr
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