Online SciFinder Training, Oct-Dec

Online training workshops from Chemical Abstracts, for new and experienced SciFinder searchers alike:

  • Please note that all times listed below are in Eastern Standard Time.
  • You will need a SciFinder account, which you already have if you are currently using SciFinder. If not, you can start that process here.
  • To register for these and other complimentary training opportunities in the CAS Learning Solutions resource center. You will also need to create an account in their Learning Solutions system. Or you can register at the CAS Webex site (select the Training Center tab).
  • If you need additional assistance using or accessing SciFinder, or you want to set up your own training session (individual or small groups), please contact Teri Vogel (tmvogel@ucsd.edu, 534-1216).

Open Practice Sessions
Experiment with search strategies at Open Practice Sessions. Use CAS computers, software and login IDs to explore SciFinder’s Web interface during these complimentary 2-hour sessions. No formal training or presentation is delivered, but search experts are available to answer questions and offer suggestions.

  • October 13 at 3:00 p.m. EST
  • October 21 at 9:30 a.m. EST
  • November 10 at 3:00 p.m. EST
  • November 18 at 9:30 a.m. EST
  • December 8 at 3:00 p.m. EST
  • December 16 at 9:30 a.m. EST

SciFinder: Search for References by Research Topic
October 13, 1:30-3:00 p.m. EST
November 3, 1:30-3:00 p.m. EST
December 1, 1:30-3:00 p.m. EST

In this 1-hour, hands-on session (followed by 30 minutes of open practice), you will learn how to:

  • Formulate a research topic query
  • Sort, analyze, and refine reference answer sets
  • Save a reference answer set

SciFinder Introduction to Substance Searching
October 20, 1:30-3:00 p.m. EST
November 10, 1:30-3:00 p.m. EST
December 8, 1:30-3:00 p.m. EST

In this 1-hour, hands-on session (followed by 30 minutes of open practice), you will learn how to search for substances by:

  • Substance identifier
  • Molecular formula
  • Exact structure
  • Substructure

SciFinder: Search by Reaction Substructure
October 27, 1:30-3:00 p.m. EST
November 17, 1:30- 3:00 p.m. EST
December 15, 1:30- 3:00 p.m. EST

In this 1-hour, hands-on session (followed by 30 minutes of open practice), you will learn how to search for substances by:

  • Define a reaction substructure query
  • Analyze and refine reaction answer sets
  • Change reaction answer set display
  • Send reactions and references to SciPlanner
  • Retrieve commercial sources for substances
  • Create a Keep Me Posted (KMP) profile
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Welcome Week Tours and Workshops at S&E

If you’re new to UCSD, or just want a refresher on the resources and layout of the Science & Engineering Library, join us for one of the workshops or tours we’re offering during Welcome Week. Two more tours will be offered the following week in case you’re Welcome Week calendar is full.

More information.

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Patents Workshop Feb 16

Learn how patents protect your intellectual property and what rights they confer. Find out about the basics of the patent application process, how to read and interpret patent documents, and why international patents matter. Learn what UCSD Technology Transfer Office (TTO) can do for inventors. Finally, learn how to search for patents using free web databases offered by the US Patent & Trademark Office, the European Patent Office, and more. Even if you don’t have an invention on the drawing board, learn how to search patents for the valuable, cutting edge scientific and technical information they contain.

* Wednesday, Feb. 16, 10:00 am – noon, Science & Engineering Library Instruction Room
* Staff & Faculty: register via UC Learning Center. Search on “patents” in the search box
* Students: register by contacting Susan Shepherd, 858-534-2480

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Find It Fast: Library Research for Busy People, April 20

FIND IT FAST: LIBRARY RESEARCH FOR BUSY PEOPLE

    Tuesday, April 20, 2:00-3:30 pm, Geisel Library

Are you frustrated or overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information out there? Do you go without important information because you don’t know where to start looking? Do you wish there were a better source than Google for academic research? (There is, really!)

Improve your research skills and save time by discovering how to identify the best sources for your information needs; how to use online databases efficiently & easily; how to request books and articles from other libraries, and how to use the UCSD Libraries to get information delivered to your desktop/laptop, on campus or at home.
Register at: https://enrollmentcentral.ucsd.edu/sed_course.cfm?&cdcrs=LIBRARYFND

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Patent Workshop Dec. 3

Patents and Patent Searching

Learn how patents protect your intellectual property and what rights they confer. Find out about the basics of the patent application process, how to read and interpret patent documents, and why international patents matter. Learn what UCSD Technology Transfer Office (TTO) can do for inventors. Finally, learn how to search for patents using free web databases offered by the US Patent & Trademark Office, the European Patent Office, and more. Even if you don’t have an invention on the drawing board, learn how to search patents for the valuable, cutting edge scientific and technical information they contain.

* Thurs December 3, 10:00am-noon, Science & Engineering Library Instruction Room
* Staff & Faculty: register via Enrollment Central
* Students: register by contacting Susan Shepherd, 858-534-2480

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Web Training for Science of Synthesis

Are you getting the most benefit from the Science of Synthesis online reference work in synthetic methodology?

Learn about the powerful search and navigation capabilities available in Science of Synthesis and how this toolbox of evaluated synthetic methods can save you time and help you work more efficiently.

Graduate organic chemist 101: How Science of Synthesis will help me as I embark on my research career in synthetic chemistry.
Mon, August 24, 10-11am

Science of Synthesis is a unique combination of a reaction database and authoritative advanced textbook offering reviews of the whole field of organic and organometallic synthetic chemistry. Use Science of Synthesis to review your area of research and save hours of wasted lab time by finding quality assured synthetic methods that are known to work reliably and in high yield.

Introduction to browsing and searching in Science of Synthesis
Thurs, Sept 10, 10-11am

Locating critically evaluated synthetic methods and full experimental procedures for a functional group transformation using:

* Reaction search
* Full-text search
* Name reaction search

The reaction search module will demonstrate atom mapping and chemoselective searching.

Register for these classes, or view other Science of Synthesis tutorials

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SciFinder: Online Training

Upcoming online classes to help you get the most out of SciFinder:

SciFinder® for Biomedical Scientists, Sept 9, 11am-noon
Register at http://casevents.webex.com/
If you are a biomedical researcher, biologist, biochemist, medicinal chemist, or enzymologist, you’ll want to learn about the many ways SciFinder can accelerate your R&D effort and speed up your research process.  If you’re new to SciFinder, this can also serve as a good orientation for any chemistry student.

    In this e-Seminar, we will:

  • Locate the literature most valuable to your research by utilizing Explore by Research Topic
  • Find a biological compound of interest to you with Explore by Substance
  • Utilize SciFinder’s powerful Refine, Analyze, and Categorize tools to focus your results
  • Obtain source information for the research documents of interest with Get Cited and Get Citing
  • Learn how to get the most recent updates on your topics of interest with Keep Me Posted

Explore the Web Version of SciFinder using the CAS Virtual Lab!
Schedule and Registration (must register at least 24 hrs in advance of the lab)
These open sessions provide users with hands-on experience navigating the web interface of SciFinder. A CAS Applications Specialist will be available to answer user questions.

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Patent Workshop May 7

Patents and Patent Searching
Learn how patents protect your intellectual property and what rights they confer. Find out about the basics of the patent application process, how to read and interpret patent documents, and why international patents matter. Learn what UCSD Technology Transfer Office (TTO) can do for inventors. Finally, learn how to search for patents using free web databases offered by the US Patent & Trademark Office, the European Patent Office, and more. Even if you don’t have an invention on the drawing board, learn how to search patents for the valuable, cutting edge scientific and technical information they contain.

Thurs, May 7, 2:00-4:00 pm, Science & Engineering Library Instruction Room

Staff & Faculty: register via Enrollment Central
Students: register by contacting Susan Shepherd at sushepherd@ucsd.edu, 858-534-2480

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SciFinder e-Seminar on Chemical Synthesis: 3/11

SciFinder®: Energizing your Chemical Synthesis Research
An interactive e-seminar from Chemical Abstracts Service
March 11, 2009, 11am-noon PST
To register, visit: http://casevents.webex.com. (There are additional seminars after 3/11, but note that times on the site are EST).

SciFinder provides access to synthetic methods from 1840 to the present, from journals, patents, and evaluated reference works.

    In this session, you will learn how to:

  • Explore CAS reaction content
  • Find reaction information from the Wiley collections
  • Sort and analysis features that can help with more precise reaction searching
  • Conduct effective product yield searches

In addition, tips for exploring SciFinder’s reaction content will be provided.

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Patents Workshop Feb. 24

Patents and Patent Searching Workshop
Learn how patents protect your intellectual property and what rights they confer. Find out about the basics of the patent application process, how to read and interpret patent documents, and why international patents matter. Learn what UCSD Technology Transfer & Intellectual Transfer Services (TTIPS) can do for inventors. Finally, learn how to search for patents using free web databases offered by the US Patent & Trademark Office, the European Patent Office, and more. Even if you don’t have an invention on the drawing board, learn how to search patents for the valuable, cutting edge scientific and technical information they contain.

Tues., February 24, 9:00-11:00 am, Science & Engineering Library Instruction Room

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