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Conducting STEM Research Utilizing Open Access Tools: Alternatives to SciFinder-n

This guide is a supplement to the North Carolina Community College Library Association's 2022 Conference presentation "Conducting STEM Research Utilizing Open Access Tools."

What is SciFinder-n?

Each column below references functionality within SciFinder-n and a free database/tool that replicates the same functionality.

Explore compounds, substances, bioactivities, literature, and data sources

SciFinder-n is the completely overhauled version of CAS's Sci-Finder which debuted in Summer of 2021.  In SciFinder-n, you can explore compounds, substances, bioactivities, literature, and data sources

 

Where can I learn how to use PubChem?

Training on using PubChem is available at https://pubchemdocs.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/tutorials (Tutorials) as well as on the National Library of Medicine's YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/NLMNIH/search?query=pubchem)

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Visually search the literature and visualize the connections between academic resources

Where can I learn to use Connected Papers, Inciteful.xyz, and LitMaps?

Connected Papers

Inciteful.xyz

Inciteful.xyz is intuitive for the initial search.  However, to take advantage of the full capabilities in Inciteful will take time.

LitMaps

LitMaps similar to Inciteful.xyz in that you can get started and figure out how to use it with little to no training.  However, to take advantage of the power behind the simplicity, I would advise deep diving into training and/or seeing how others have used the tool.  Check out the videos on the LitMaps YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXR6ETBi7ZZKLFE_7ongiTg.

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