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CHEM 3333: Modern Techniques in Organic Chemistry

Barnard Library Workshop
Monday, Sept. 17th, 12:10pm

Google Scholar

Pros of

  • You can copy and paste the title of an article and quickly get to the full text.
  • You can enable e-Link so that you can access the Columbia subscriptions to full-text materials, even when you're off-campus (go to Settings - Library links).
  • You can import directly into EndNote

Cons of

  • No subject headings or other added metadata
  • You have to search full text or allintitle:
  • You can only sort by relevance or date


Web of Science

  • Use CLIO to access Web of Science – all databases
  • Example: nitration of aromatic compounds with sulfuric acid
  • Sort results by times cited
  • Generate a Citation report.



  • Link to download ChemDraw is in CLIO (on library computers, go to Scientific apps - ChemDraw Professional 17.0)
  • You can search Scifinder directly from Chemdraw (under the Search menu item).
  • Columbia Libraries ChemDraw tutorial and information about downloading the Activation Code
  • Example of structure search:



Getting Started

Structure searching

  • Click on Chemical Structure on left to draw a structure.
  • To find information about the structure, click on Exact search or Substructure search on right.
  • Then you can select one of the structures found, and click on Get References to find articles about it.
  • You can also look at Experimental Properties and Experimental Spectra.

Research Topic Searching

  • Example: nitration of aromatic compounds with sulfuric acid
  • SciFinder automatically searches related terms and substance names.  It also considers alternate spellings and word endings.  Boolean operators are not used and there are no truncation symbols, or proximity operators.
  • When looking at item record, click on Link to Other Sources to find the full text.
  • You can also find properties and spectra of chemicals mentioned in the article



  • Barnard Library EndNote Guide
  • 5-minute EndNote video tutorial:
  • EndNote has both a Desktop version and a Web version, and you can sync your references between the two
  • On library computers, to start collecting references, go to File - New... and save your new library with a name you choose, or use "My EndNote Library.enl"
  • You can attach a pdf to a reference
  • To enter a new reference go to Collect - New Reference (Web version) or References - New Reference (desktop)
  • CSE Style (see Scientific Style and Format) is not one of the styles provided by EndNote, so if you want to use CSE, use APA style and correct the references in the bibliography by
    1. removing the periods after the authors’ initials
    2. un-italicizing the journal titles
    3. removing the parentheses from the year.