Unfortunately, all references talking about your reaction will not be listed in the resources above. You'll need to look in other resources to find those other materials
- Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology
This encyclopedia does not have separate entries specifically for organic named reactions but you can search for the reaction by name to find where the reaction is mentioned within the encyclopedia's articles. This is a way that you can find out in what applications this reaction may be used.
- Put your reaction in the encyclopedia's search box (do not limit the search to just certain part of the article, leave the search set to look at all parts)
- When you get the results list, click on the HTML display for each item and use the CONTROL-F command to find where in the article your reaction is mentioned.
- Look up any references that pertain to that information.
This compliation of databases is the premier resource in the areas of pure and applied chemistry as it extensively covers the chemical literature, properties of substances, reactions, supplier availability and regulatory information. For this assignment you'll be using SciFinder for both finding more references about your reaction, especially REVIEW articles.
- If you have not already done so, you'll need to register to get an account.
- Once you have an account set up, use the default "Research Topic" search and enter the name of the reaction in the search box.
- You'll get a screen that will probably offer you two choices, one in which only references that use your exact wording and a second option for those references that contain the "concept" related to your wording. The second option will always be the larger set and that's the set that you should choose
- Once you have the reference list on the screen, go to the left column and click on the "Refine" tab:
- First select "Document Type" and then select "Review"
- Next, go back tot he "Refine" tab and this time, select "Publication Year" and then put in the box 2010-2014, so that you are limiting the results to just review articles from the past 5 years.
- You can also refine the search to just English language as well.
- Once you have refined your results, scan the references for useful articles. You can get to the full text by clicking on the select box to the left of the reference and then clicking on "Get Full Text" on the white navigation bar at the top of the list.
- Chemical Reviews
A journal from the American Chemical Society that publishes review articles on variety of chemical topics. Use the search box towards the upper right of the screen to search for your reaction.
- You can also find review articles referenced in the Merck Index, listed above.
Why are review articles important? Review articles summarize the literature on a specific topic; they'll tell you how this topic came about, who worked on what and when, analyze what has happened in the field and what still needs to researched. Essentially a well-done review article can mean less work for you because the author has already covered most of the literature and found the most influential articles - all you need to do is cover the literature that came out after that review was published.