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CH 3410: Structure, Bonding, and Reactivity in Inorganic Chemistry: Finding Articles

Professor Marion Emmert


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CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society,  developed SciFinder to offer comprehensive chemistry literature and structure searching. SciFinder includes the following:

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When Searching for Articles ...

  • Use " " quotes around phrases: "transition metal complexes" to find only results with that phrase
  • Explore advanced search options, for instance, at times it's useful to limit your search by title only, especially if you are getting a lot of results
  • Make a list of keywords and add to this list as you find more
  • Follow up on relevant authors, researchers, or experts

Only Finding a Citation? Get the Full Text

Within most databases, click on the FullTextFinder link to get options for obtaining the full text of the article.