One of the major goals of this course will be to give you the techniques you need to search thoroughly., effiiciently and effectively You will be introduced to some of the major resources in the chemical literature and how and why to use them. You will also learn the criteria you need to use to evaluate an unfamiliar source.
Everyone engages in information searching every day of our lives. Most of the time, we do so almost on a subconscious level. If I want to know what's available on television tonight, I probably don't need to spend a lot of time thinking about it. I just go online and check TVGuide.com, or a network website, and get my answer. Not all questions are so easily answered; the tough ones require a systematic approach to information gathering. Here are the key steps for intelligent, methodical information seeking:
Assume that you've just read the following article:
Shin-ichi Yoshida, Tsuyoshi Ogiku, Hiroshi Ohmizu,* and Tameo Iwasaki, First Stereocontrolled Syntheses of Unsymmetrically Substituted Bislactone Lignans: Stereocontrolled Syntheses of Four Possible Isomers of Methyl 4,8-Dioxoxanthoxylol
J. Org. Chem., 62 (5), 1310-1316 DOI: 10.1021/jo961733y
Read the full-text of the article (take a look at both the HTML version and the PDF version for comparison purposes.) Let's say you find this article fascinating.
How might you build on the information contained here to find additional relevant information?
Analyze the information contained in the article for pointers that might lead you to more information. [To be discussed in class.]
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