Fourth Cheminfo Retrieval class: ChemSpider and Beilstein Databases
Peggy Dominy, our chemistry librarian at Drexel, was kind enough to teach my third class while I was at NERM. She demonstrated RefWorks - including how to copy and paste the proper formats to Wikispaces - and how to use our ILL (Inter-Library Loan) process.
I'm including a recording of the fourth class on Chemical Information Retrieval on Oct 15, 2009 at Drexel University. It starts with some tips on removing formatting from Wikispaces pages, the Drexel Cisco VPN client for accessing paid subscriptions off campus and how to link to a DOI. The first two assignments for the class are then described. The first involves summarizing each paragraph of an article and an option to use AcaWiki is demonstrated. The second involves filling in an FAQ for publishing in chemistry. FriendFeed is then presented as a resource to help answer questions followed by an extensive overview of available information on ChemSpider, covering SMILES, InChIs, InChIKeys, experimental and predicted properties, linked databases and contributed spectra. Finally a demonstration of Beilstein Crossfire/DiscoveryGate is presented with an emphasis on doing substructure searching.