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Organic Chemistry Lab 311 Spring 2024

This guide was created specifically for Dr. Govindarajoo's Organic Chemistry Lab 311, Spring 2024

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Follow these steps:

  1. Register for CAS SciFinder-n at least one week before the due date of your assignment following the instructions below. Log in to CAS SciFinder-n.

  2. Search for references. Suggestions are provided in the box below, Searching in SciFinder-n.
  3. Get the full text for your articles. Please note that not every article in SciFinder will be available in full text at Rutgers, but the ones for your assignment should be available. See notes about getting full text to the left and below.
  4. CAS Training tutorials are available to help you.
    1. Find References using Advanced Search
    2. Find References by a Specific Author
  5. Answer the questions for your assignment. Refer to the Searching in CAS SciFinder-n box.
  6. Use ACS Style. Click on the Citations tab above, and follow the guidelines in the Quick Guide to ACS Style provided on that page.

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Tips for Searching in SciFinder-n

  • To find an article by title, click under the two search boxes where it says Add Advanced Search Field. From the dropdown, select Title. Then put the title into the search box and hit enter or click the magnifying glass at the end of the first search box. This will greatly reduce the number of results you get, allowing you to find your article more easily.
  • For your assignment you will need to find articles by a particular author. Use the second search box for author name, and enter the last name  and the first and middle name or initials. Full names are better, if known. As you type, suggestions will appear. Select the correct name from the list.
  • On the results page, use the Filter By function on the left. Under Document type check Journals, and under Publication Year enter the publication year range 2004 to 2024. You can select a particular journal title, such as the Journal of the American Chemical Society, by clicking Publication Name and selecting it from the results.
  • Results should automatically be sorted by Publication date, newest first. This is indicated at the top right, above the results.
  • Getting full text:  (Note- if you have trouble getting full text, turn off your pop-up blocker.) Click the dropdown for Full Text at the bottom left of each result, and select Full Text Search. Once you click, a new window will open. For your assignment, the articles should be available and you should be taken to the journal's website.
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