QD 4 Encyclopedias

CS ChemFinder

CS ChemFinder is a chemical searching and information integration project designed by the Cambridge Soft Corporation, which manufactures software for those in chemistry-related fields. The site contains both access to the ChemFinder database and the ChemFinder WebServer. Each site division reflects information on chemical compunds from a single master list of records, thereby providing information that "...[a] general purpose WWW index cannot, including physical property data and 2D chemical structures."
Upon accessing the site, the user will find the database search engine and its fields, along with various access points. A link to a usage restrictions area explains the searching limitations (due to usage) of the site. Other information areas include: general searching instructions; information on the site; indexed WWW links; URL additions or corrections; a glossary; and a feedback area. According to the general search instructions, a user's browser must be configured to view chemical structures; instructions on dowloading applicable software are given, which allow viewing of structure queries. Also provided are specifications on the search fields. Users can obtain general information on the site, as well as the meanings to terms in records, via the glossary. The listing of indexed sites details those WWW links placed within the ChemFinder WebServer. Their topics include: biochemistry; health; medications; miscellaneous; MSDS;pesticides/herbicides; physcial properties; regulations; structures; and usage.
Within the compounds search engine, users have various fields for narrowing resulting records: by name; by formula; by MW (molecular weight); by melting point; by boiling point; by CAS RN (Chemical Abstracts Service Security Number); and by structure. Resulting records can provide a text-only rendering of the information and/or include a structure rendering, retrievable only through drawing software.
The site is sponsored by the Cambridge Soft Corporation.
To Search:
Select topic of interest from electronic links at top or bottom of main page. Or fill in desired fields within search engine to activate database. Reading of usage restrictions area is recommended.