Part 1 - How to FIND
Do you have access to all scientific journals and time to follow-up questions in the literature for your R&D team?
We assume that the vast majority of your answers will be: “No”
If you answered “Yes”, you are one among very few people these days.
In true life, companies are cutting down on journal access and adding administrational hurdles to order scientific articles. There are only a few tools to organize the information collected, and maybe some may even use Excel. Even if all those obstacles are cleared, where do you find the time needed for an efficient evaluation?
“We don’t find the time and brainpower for a 1-2 day focussed search and evaluation“ is a common comment of our customers.
You want to use scientific information more?
You need to use scientific information more to make better decisions?
We decided to share our experiences, tool tips and hints to reach this goal in a cost- and time-efficient way. In the coming months I will share my personal tips and hints and present you one tool after the other. There are three categories:
Featured tools today in the category ”FIND”
Google Scholar is a relatively powerful tool. Search results can be sorted or selected by year, citations are displayed and alerts can be set - not bad for a free service!
Example: "Inverse Gas Chromatography" delivers 309'000 hits. This are definitely to many to search efficiently, but sorting by date or significance or adding a substrate provides more or less good results. In additions, citations are provided offering an elegant way to search forward based on a relevant publication.
Scifinder provides a well-structured search, especially for chemical experts. It is very useful to have if you are working in the chemical industry. However, the costs of several thousand Euro per year may not be neglected for an SME or a startup.
Example: "Inverse Gas Chromatography" as entered delivered 1867 references and as concept 3855 references. Wow - this is much more precise! And it can be precisely refined by substances, authors or other topics. Google scholar is not there yet... but maybe soon with advanced text recognition and artificial intelligence.
ISI Web of Knowledge
ISI web of knowledge is another source. It covers several databases many more disciplines than SciFinder. Often used in academia and – of course – quite costly for industrial use.
What to do with the information? A brief, but focussed literature research can be very powerful, or as one of our customers said: “Your report is an important jigsaw piece to solve our problem …”
We could also be your Research Partner delivering a brief, concise report and Recommendation.
Contact us for a free consultation call for your specific request.
NEXT TIME: more info about ACCESS and STORE & RETRIEVE with tools like DeepDyve, Researchgate and Papers.
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