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Fri 6 Mar 2020
10:00 - 12:00

Venue: Todd-Hamied

Provided by: Department of Chemistry


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Chemistry: IS2 Citation Database Search Skills

Fri 6 Mar 2020


A ‘recommended’ optional course for Chemistry graduates that introduces all the relevant online databases available to you in the university: citation databases such as Web of Science, Scopus, and PubMed, which index all the scientific literature that is published, as well as chemistry and related subject-specific databases. You will be guided on how to search citation databases effectively and the session includes a hands-on element where you can practice - please bring your own laptop.

The session will be most suitable for those who are new to searching citation databases or would like a refresher.

Please note that this session will not cover searching the databases Reaxys and SciFinder. These are covered by IS5.

  • Please bring your own laptop so you can participate in the practical element of the session
Target audience
  • Postgraduates
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available

Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Fri 6 Mar   10:00 - 12:00 10:00 - 12:00 Todd-Hamied C.M. Castle

After attending this session participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate which database or combination of databases are the most suitable to use for your particular research topic
  • How to search a database by journal article title, author name, DOI, and other terms
  • Access the full text of journal articles
  • Find the correct author
  • Find metrics for a journal, journal article, or author
  • Refine searches using the search operators available and by combining searches
  • Create bibliographies, save, email and print your results
  • Export results to reference managers
  • Receive alerts every time a particular citation or search (term) finds new results
  • Develop an effective search strategy that aligns with the needs of your research topic

This session covers:

  • Introduction to the online databases available for chemical literature and structure searching, including citation databases (Web of Knowledge, Scopus, PubMed) and search engines such as Google Scholar
  • The best routes for access to databases within the University network and offsite
  • How citation databases differ in content - their strengths and weaknesses in covering journal articles, conference proceedings, abstracts, patents, date coverage, books, chemical structures
  • Search operators used by different databases
  • Advantages and disadvantages of Google Scholar in comparison with citation databases
  • Narrowing, widening, and combining searches
  • Managing your results list
  • Metrics
  • Cited reference searching
  • Citation alerts
  • Unique author identifiers
  • Using subject thesauri
  • Opportunity for hands-on searching

Presentations, demonstrations, practical (please bring your own laptop).

  • One session of two hours
  • Yearly
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