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Chemistry: Tutorials & Tips

A guide to the key resources for the academic study of chemistry.


CAS provides excellent tutorials, how-to guides, and documentation.

SciFinder Help: Complete documentation for the web version

Registration Tips (pdf) Steps you through the registration process

Support & Training:

  • Content - summary information and quick facts
  • How-To guides - quick (2-3 page), basic overviews in pdf or html format
  • Strategies - intermediate-level tips on implementing certain search steps (eg, locking ring formation, searching for preparations, polymer formula searching)
  • Tutorials - short (10-12 min.) recorded sessions on specific topics (eg, substructure searching, reaction searching) for both web and client versions.   Interactive eLearning modules and brief WebEx tutorials. 

CSD: Cambridge Structural Database

From the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre:

Google Scholar Tips

Google Scholar's support pages give you an overview ("About Google Scholar") and some advanced search tips.

Within Google Scholar preferences, be sure to enable the Dartmouth Library Links so you can easily get to Dartmouth's full-text holdings.

Another good tip: if you use RefWorks or EndNote, you can enable an export citation link in Google Scholar preferences.


Reaxys links

Reaxys in Depth (pdf)
Chem 262 presentation, Xin Su   

Science of Synthesis

Brief online tutorials give an introduction to Science of Synthesis; demonstrate reaction and structure search tips; show how to search for an organometallic complex or create a chemoselective reaction search.

Science of Synthesis Online Tutorials & Prerecorded Webinars

Science of Synthesis - Getting Started Manual

Science of Synthesis - Product Brochure