Chem 184/284 - Chemical Literature
Chemistry 184/284 is a two-credit course in the techniques and tools for effectively searching the literature of chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering and related fields. Students will be introduced to how information is organized in the chemical sciences, including data collections such as Reaxys and indexes to the literature such as SciFinder, as well as the different types of primary literature and other resources useful to the chemical researcher.
Undergraduates should register in Chem 184; graduate students in Chem 284. The course is taught each Winter Quarter, and meets twice weekly. Winter Quarter 2015, we will be meeting in Room 1575 Davidson Library. My contact information is in the profile box to the right.
Syllabus - Winter 2014
Note: This is the definitive syllabus for the quarter, and may be updated or changed as necessity requires. Lecture quizzes are to be completed and turned in by the following lecture. Quizzes should be answered in GauchoSpace; however, PDF copies for printing are available on the PDF Files page.
Monday, January 5, 2015 - Winter Quarter begins
Tuesday, January 6 - Lecture 1: Overview of the Organization of Information
Thursday, January 8 - Lecture 2: Techniques of the Efficient Information Searcher
Friday, January 9 - Last day to add a course without approval codes; last day to drop a course without a drop fee.
Tuesday, January 13 - Lecture 3: Part I: Library Catalogs vs. Article Databases vs. Search Engines; Part II: Finding Books in the Library: Call Numbers, and the UCSB and Melvyl Catalogs.
Thursday, January 15 - Lecture 4: Data Collections, Part I
Friday, January 16 - Last day for students to add courses or change grading options without paying a fee.
Monday, January 19 - Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday
Tuesday, January 20 - Lecture 5: Data Collections, Part II: Beilstein + Gmelin = Reaxys
Mid-Term 1 Given Out Today. Due: Tuesday, February 3!
Thursday, January 22 - Lecture 6: Primary Literature, Part I: Journals, Copyright, Open Access, Repositories, Preprints
Monday, January 26 - Last day for all students to add classes via GOLD by 11:45 p.m.
Tuesday, January 27 - Lecture 7: Primary Literature, Part II: Conference Papers, Patents, Technical Reports, Dissertations
Thursday, January 29 - Lecture 8: Indexes and Databases for Science and Engineering
Brief description of term project topics due by Thursday, Feb. 5!
Monday, February 2 - Last day for undergraduates in LAS or Engineering to drop classes.
Tuesday, February 3 - Lecture 9: Citations Part I- Searching Them, Web of Science, Part II - Creating and Managing Them, EndNote Web, Part III - Evaluating with Citations, Impact Factors and Journal Citation Reports
Thursday, February 5 - Lecture 10: Chemical Abstracts Service and the Legacy of Print
Brief term project descriptions due TODAY!
Tuesday, February 10 - Lecture 11: SciFinder, Part 1 - Introduction and Exploring References by Author
Thursday, February 12 - Lecture 12: SciFinder, Part 2 - Exploring References by Research Topic
Monday, February 16 - President's Day holiday
Tuesday, February 17 - Lecture 13: SciFinder, Part 3 - Exploring Substances: Substance Displays, Name Searching, Molecular Formula Searching and Property Searching
Mid-term Exam 2 given out today; due Tuesday, March 3.
Thursday, February 19 - Lecture 14: SciFinder, Part 4 - Exploring Substances by Structure Searching
Tuesday, February 24 - Lecture 15: SciFinder, Part 5 - Exploring Organic Reactions; SciPlanner
Thursday, February 26 - Lecture 16: The New Web and Mobile Science
Friday, February 27 - Last day for undergraduates in LAS or Engineering to change grading options.
Tuesday, March 3 - Lecture 17: TBD
Mid-term Exam 2 DUE TODAY!!
Thursday, March 5 - IN-CLASS PRESENTATION of FINAL PROJECTS
Tuesday, March 10 - IN-CLASS PRESENTATION of FINAL PROJECTS
Thursday, March 12 - IN-CLASS PRESENTATION of FINAL PROJECTS
Friday, March 13 - Last day for graduate students and students in CCS to drop courses or change grading options.
Tuesday, March 17 - WRITTEN FINAL PROJECTS must be turned in NO LATER than 7:00 pm!!
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