Information Retrieval: SciFinder and SciFinder Scholar

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Are you are a researcher, in industry or in academia, in the chemical, life, medical or physical sciences? - If so, this text will help you use SciFinder in a way which will increase your research creativity and productivity.

Information retrieval is arguably one of the most important skills a scientist needs in the 21st Century. The SciFinder interface to the world's scientific literature is both unique and innovative and while it is intuitive and has a very user-friendly interface, searches will be performed more effectively and efficiently with an understanding of the databases involved and the processes by which SciFinder searches.

This 'behind the scenes' look at SciFinder summarises the databases and explains how the user may creatively take advantage of the unique search opportunities provided.

I have done a search but why did I get this answer? This text explains why, and more importantly, discusses how you may best use the 40+ options in SciFinder, such as topic, bibliographic and chemical substance explore options, to get the best answers possible.

Complementary rather than an alternative to the proprietary websites and manuals the book explains:
* the content of electronic information resources and why it helps if scientists understand some basic issues involved with information retrieval
* why it is important, and how, to apply scientific method to information retrieval
* selected algorithms behind the operation of SciFinder/SciFinder Scholar and why it helps to understand them for effective searching
* how to set up the search question and how SciFinder/SciFinder Scholar, essentially a research tool, may be used creatively to initiate research ideas
* why certain answers are retrieved and how to revise answers in a way that maximises comprehensive and precise retrieval of information

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Information retrieval is arguably one of the most important skills a scientist needs in the 21st century. The SciFinder interface to the world's scientific literature is both unique and innovative. While it is intuitive and has a very user-friendly interface which requires minimum training, nevertheless searches will be performed more effectively and efficiently with an understanding of the databases involved and the search processes. This text is thus a 'behind the scenes' look at SciFinder, complementary to the proprietary websites and manuals. SciFinder is rapidly becoming the preferred means to access scientific information in industry and universities worldwide. It accesses databases which span the chemical, engineering, life, medical and physical sciences, including the Chemical Abstracts Service databases and the National Library of Medicine database. No other single information access tool has such breadth of coverage for scientific journal and patent documents.

I have done a search.... but why did I get this answer? This text explains why, and more importantly, discusses how you may best use the 40+ options in SciFinder, such as topic, bibliographic and chemical substance explore options, to get the best answers possible.

Key features:
* Summarises the databases and explains how to take advantage of the unique search and analyse options

* Explains selected algorithms behind the operation of SciFinder and why it helps to understand them

* Discusses why it is important, and how to apply scientific method to information retrieval

* Includes problems at the end of each chapter designed for teaching purposes
Are you a researcher in the chemical, life, medical or physical sciences? If so, this text will help you use SciFinder in a way which will increase your research creativity and productivity. Written by a scientist for scientists Information Retrieval: SciFinder and SciFinder Scholar will be an essential resource for scientists in industry as well as an important component of science teaching and research programs, for academics, students as well as library staff in universities worldwide.

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"This reviewer who has searched the chemical literature for over 20 years and who has used SciFinder Scholar for 2 years found this book quite useful" (Chemweb - The Alchemist, 29 April 2002) 

"...Armed with Ridley's book you'll be able to carry out efficient searches of SciFinder..." (New Scientist, 12 October 2002)

"...will undoubtedly be a valuable aid in courses that cover the use of scientific literature...will equally serve the needs of...researchers who want to improve their command of SciFinder." (Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 124, No. 42, 2002)

"...an excellent text, highly recommended for any scientist..." (Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship, 16 December 2002)

"...there are useful tricks even for the expert, in this great value guide..." (European Peptide Society Newsletter, 1 January 2003)

"...I would recommend this text to the serious scientific researcher...it will also be of value to librarians..." (New Library World, Vol.103, No. 1182/1183, 2002)

"...I strongly recommend this book for the library and the laboratory. It is carefully written, very readable and packed with tips..." (Chemistry & Industry, 21 April 2003)

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