Use the CAS Lexicon when you design a "building blocks" search in SciFindern. The Lexicon, an updated version of the Chemical Abstracts Index Guide, lists descriptive terms assigned to references:
You can add up to 1,000 terms from the Lexicon to a search query.
Note: Although SciFindern includes references from the PubMed database, the CAS Lexicon does not include PubMed's Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) or Supplementary Concepts. Find those terms in the MeSH Database and enter them directly into the SciFindern References search box.
Select the References search type on the SciFindern homepage. Click the "Launch CAS Lexicon" button to open the Lexicon in a new tab.
Type in a search term and click the "Search Concept" button.
The CAS Lexicon displays results in order:
In this example, CAS Lexicon displays the Preferred Term “Photochemical redox catalysis” followed by a link to synonyms. Users can select two Broader Terms in the thesaurus hierarchy:
Users can select two Related Terms from the thesaurus:
The CAS Lexicon doesn't expand Preferred Terms to include associated Narrower Terms in your search. You can click the "Select All" option or examine Narrower Terms and select your choice of terms. Once selected, click the "Add Term(s)" button and use the default OR operator to move selections over to Your Query, .
Thesaurus structure underlying this example. More specific (narrower) terms are indented more in the list.
To add another "building block" to your search, you can work directly within the CAS Lexicon, or create multiple query sets to combine in a References search.
Use this approach when you don't need to include terms from every level of the thesaurus. Select multiple terms from a single Preferred Term entry. Click the AND operator in the pull-down menu.
In this example, "Photochemical redox catalysis" is already part of Your Query. The new terms selected are:
Click Add Term(s), and run your search.
Use this approach when you need to include multiple Preferred Terms as well as their Narrower Terms from multiple levels of the thesaurus. In the example above, this technique captures results of fully expanding the list of Narrower Terms for "Amination" and for "Amino group."
Create separate queries for each Preferred Term and its Narrower Terms, using the OR operator each time. Save each set of search results. Combine the saved sets from the SciFindern search page, using the "References" search option.