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Friday, August 03, 2007

OA literature search as a teaching tool

Antony Williams, A Plea to Academia to Help Design a Lesson Plan Using ChemSpider, ChemSpider blog, August 3, 2007.  Excerpt:

Over the past 48 hours there has been an interesting discussion on CHMINF. The discussion was around how to teach a large class of students to learn about literature searching, about structure searching, property searching etc. The tools are out there to perform such searches and to facilitate students learning about the types of resources they will need to access if and when they enter industry. The premise of the exchange was that some of the gold standard resources, while excellent, are commonly not affordable at the level necessary to train large classes of students. Below is a posting I placed back onto CHMINF. My question to you readers is as follows “Is there an academic who would like to work with me on a Lesson Plan involving ChemSpider?”. If so…contact me please.

The exchange...


I wonder whether or not it might be possible to use the ChemSpider service as one of the resources for the classes? For example, relative to some of the comments made below it is possible to perform the majority of searches at - this includes structure searches, property searches,name searches as well as LITERATURE searches of Open Access articles. See details below....