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I've located or been given a literature reference. Does Penn have the book or journal in which it appears? If so, where do I find it?
Look the book or journal up on Franklin, the University of Pennsylvania's online card catalog. This will give you the library in which the item is held and the call number. To search for a journal title, highlight the Journal Titlesearch option. If you are unsure whether your title is a book or a journal, highlight the Title search option. If you can't find your title, you may have copied it incorrectly. Try using a Keyword Search, combining the words about which you are positive with Boolean operators (and/or/not).
If the reference is to a journal article published since 1995, try the electronic journals link from the Science and Engineering Libraries home page. Type the title of the journal in the text box in the corner of the screen and click the Go! butt on.
I need to find background information on the subject of my experiment. What can I use?
Use a SciFinder Scholar search. If you want to find more information about a particular compound, use a substance search (structure, formula, name, or CAS number) or a research topic search (keywords about the topic). If you are interested in fi nding review articles, articles that summarize all research done on a particular topic, refine your search by document type review.
Use an ISI Citation Index search by topic. To find review articles, refine your search by document type review.
I've got some background information, but I fear it may be out of date. How can I find more up-to-date references?
Do a SciFinder Scholar search. Refine by publication year to get more current information.
Perform an ISI topic search, but first set the years searched to only those that you consider to be appropriately current.
Perform an ISI citation search. Search for articles that cite your article in their bibliographies.
Where can I find thermodynamics or physical properties data?
Use a print handbook.
CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. Online, most current print version available at the Chemistry Library circulation desk.
CRC Handbook of Thermophysical and Thermochemical Data. Chemistry Reference QC173.397 L54 1994
Handbook of Thermodynamic Diagrams. Engineering Reference QD504 Y36 1996
Handbook of Thermodynamic Tables and Charts. Engineering Reference QC311.3 R3913
A Dictionary of Thermodynamics. Chemistry Reference QC310.3 J35 1976
Handbook of the Thermodynamics of Organic Compounds. Chemistry Reference QD504 S735 1987
Handbook of Applied Thermodynamics. Engineering Reference TJ265 P27 1987
The Chemistry Library and the Engineering Library each have one seat to the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD). Chemistry's is located on the computer on the right against the back wall of the Reading Room. You can use Cambridge if you have a comp ound and would like to find the bond lengths or angles. You can also use it to look up exact crystal structures that appear in journal articles (searching by journal or author). For more information, see http://www.ccdc.cam.ac.uk/prods/csd/csd.html, or contact Judith Currano in the library.
The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Center, at http://www.ccdc.cam.ac.uk/, contains more information than the specs on the CSD! Visit their main site to find more.
Interactive Tutorial about Diffraction from the University of Wuerzburg http://www.uni-wuerzburg.de/mineralogie/crystal/teaching/teaching.html is an online textbook dealing with diffraction. It contains several "quiz" questions and interactive modul es.
Information on crystal systems can be found on Beilstein or Gmelin CrossFire by doing a textual search. Beilstein (organic compounds) gives various properties associated with the crystal system; Gmelin records (inorganic compounds and coordination compounds) contain such specifics as lattice lengths and angles. Please note that not every compound has all pieces of information associated with it! You can locate Gmelin text search help sheets at http://www.library.upenn.edu/scitech/chemistry/infoclass/Handouts/GmelinTricks.PDF
I'm confused and I don't know WHAT I need! Where can I get help? Contact Judith Currano at 8-2177, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting the Chemistry Library.