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CHEM6611: Scientific Communication in Chemistry


3a. Successive Fractions

Overview of library resources supporting graduate research

Successive Fractions

Example: amine functionalization by photoredox catalysis

In most library databases, you can start by entering a search as if you were talking to a person or writing a paper.

SciFinder-n References search for amine functionalization by photoredox catalysis

After entering your search, look for a Filter, Limit, or Refine area in the display. Common options include article or document or publication type, language, and publication year. A "review" article or document or publication type is a good starting point, especially if you need to learn more about a topic.

Additional useful options:

  • Author
    • Look at other articles written by the most prolific authors
    • Review articles are usually written by experts in a field. Once you find a review, search for other articles the author(s) wrote.
  • Indexing (Concept, Index Term, MeSH, Subject Heading, etc.) assigned by subject experts
    • Use these terms to find most of the references in a database about a topic
    • Note: Articles newly added to a database won't be fully indexed
  • Use the search box or "Search Within Results" to add additional search terms to narrow your group of results
  • Substances or reactions (in SciFindern and Reaxys)