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December 16, 2010 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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CAS Introduces SciFinder Enhancements

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), a provider of chemical information and a division of the American Chemical Society, announced new time-saving advancements and usability improvements to SciFinder, its premier research and discovery tool. The enhancements will accelerate researchers’ workflow and are especially valuable for synthetic chemists and other researchers who are engaged in lab preparations and synthesis planning.

In addition to presenting cleaner, more streamlined layouts, CAS chemists incorporated new features that enable researchers to do the following:

  • View experimental procedures in context with a reaction. Access experimental procedures from six American Chemical Society journals and patents from USPTO, EPO, and WIPO patents—all released between 2005 and 2009. Examine, sort, and analyze experimental procedures for applicability to synthetic research needs.
  • Search structures using SMILES and InChI strings. Enter SMILES (Simplified Molecular Input Line Entry Specification) or InChI (International Chemical Identifier) text strings into SciFinder’s drawing editor to conveniently generate structures.
  • Rank reactions by relevance. Bring the most relevant reactions to the top of your answer set, improving retrieval quality and speed.

Source: Chemical Abstracts Service



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