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CHEM 2230 - Organic Chemistry Lab - Manfredi, Thadison, & Bumpus

A guide to sources for: named organic reactions and free radical chlorination. Tips on using SciFinder-n and Chemical Abstracts in print.

Finding Your Reaction in Chemical Abstracts

Each of your named reactions are associated with an author (or a primary/first author).

The best places to look for your author is in the multi-year author indexes.  

For older articles - 1907 - 1956 - try using one of the Decennial Indexes:  1907-1916, 1917-1926, 1927-1936, 1937-1946, and 1947-1956.

After 1956 these multi-year indexes are grouped, first by five-year intervals: 1957-1961, 1962-1966 and thereafter by four-year intervals: 1967-1971, 1972-1976, 1977-1981, 1982-1986, and 1987-1991.

It is also possible to use author indexes for either the year of publication or the following year (articles published towards the end of a year may show up in the index of the subsequent year).   

An example.      

The researcher/author M.S. Aslanova wrote an article in 1964 on the electrical surface conditions of glass fibers.

To locate Aslanova during this time period, use the Authors Index for 1962-1966 (the Authors A-B volume).

Under the heading Aslanova, M.S. you will find many articles on glass fibers ... but the fourth entry focuses specifically on "electrical surface conditions of glass fibers."  The number/symbol associated with this entry is:  


Now go to the long run of bound volumes labeled 61 (important - 61 refers to Volume 61 not the year 1961) and look for the bound volume that contains the entry 10414d.  This entry will be in the bound volume of 61 labeled: 

Oct.12 - Nov. 9
8869 - 12596


The numbers 8869 - 12596 are entry numbers.  Since 10414 falls between 8869 and 12596 you know you have the right volume.  Go to page/entry 10414 and then on this page (which is made up of the columns 10413 and 10414) go down the column to the level marked by a letter "d"  (hence the item number 61:10414d) et Voila! The Aslanova citation and abstract is found.       

Note: You will always use the entry number to find your Chemical Abstracts citation/abstract.  However for earlier entries e.g. 1930s a superscript number was used instead of a letter.  For later entries, each entry has its own unique entry number.

Journal Abbreviations

You will find that the entry in Chemical Abstracts uses a journal abbreviation.  To find the full name of the journal you can either:

  1. Use the journal abbreviation finder at UBC -  
  2. Use the journal abbreviation guides found at the end of the last years of print Chemical Abstracts (late 1990s)
  3. Try Googling the abbreviation (works in many cases).