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Tips For Reading The Chemical Literature 1. You cannot expect to read everything. 2. Try to read papers that are: A. Most interesting to you. B. Most relevant to your or your group’s research projects. 3. No one has time to read all of the text. Read the abstract and introduction and then try to discern the major points of the paper from the Figures and Schemes. If you find something particularly interesting or a point that is unclear, then consult the text. Keep this method in mind when composing a paper and draw the Figures and Schemes accordingly. Always list reagents over the arrows. 4. When viewing a reaction, consider it in both synthetic and retrosynthetic fashion. Ask yourself if you would think of this method for the preparation of the given product.
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Unformatted text preview: Ask yourself if you can formulate a reasonable mechanism for the transformation. 5. Whenever possible, discuss with others what you have read. This will serve to improve general knowledge and will solidify your understanding of what you have read. 6. Take particular note of papers that describe selective reactions. These are the most useful in synthesis and are the hardest to find by traditional searching techniques. 7. Always take note of the author and affiliation. This is a good way of categorizing the literature that you will read and will aid in future retrieval of information. 8. Don’t believe the hype! Avoid a C&E News knowledge of the literature....
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