Using Reaxys for the CH224 literature searching lab
Using Reaxys for the CH224 literature searching lab assignment
Reaxys is an incredibly robust chemistry database that could be used to complete the entire lab assignment (or do any chemistry research, for that matter). Not that you necessary should--its interface is complex compared to most reference soures listed in the lab manual or on the main CH224 page, and those sources will be fine. It's important to professional chemistry researchers and any students planning further chemistry studies should learn to use it. It's very helpful for locating information on substances, articles about any chemistry topic, structures, and reactions.
Access to Reaxys
Reaxys is available through the NCSU Libraries. Like most library databases, accessing it through the Libraries' website provides easy access on- or off-campus. Users can create individual accounts within the database interface (not tied to NCSU Unity accounts) to save searches or create alerts.
For the literaure search assignment, you don't need to learn everything there is to know about Reaxys. There are essentially two search options, accessible via the start screen.
Use the Property Searching forms. CAS number is most concise and uniquely identifies a substance. CAS number is the most concise search and uniquely identifies a substance. Common names often work, but may not be precise.
To search for a compound:
In your search results, check under Available Data. Physical Data should be highlighted. Click to see what is available. (Screenshot)
Hazardous Properties and Spectra
This type of data is not the strength of Reaxys, but can be available. Locate your compound as described in the Physical Properties section. Check the Available Data to see if there is anything noted pertaining to "Bioactivity/Ecotox" or some other physiologically-relevant property. If there is any information available Reaxys will provide some description and a reference to the source of the information. Click the Full Text or FindText@NCSU link to locate the source article.
See the main synthesis page to see how to use Reaxys to find this information.
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