Under the Explore tab, choose <Research Topic>
- Search 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 – for example, "oxidation of benzaldehyde". 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:
- Wildcard searching is automatic, 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 (enter the second one in parentheses); SciFinder does best, however, with a no more than a single synonym in a search statement.)