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Andrea Wendel is a student at Potsdam University in upstate New York and is one of Martin Walker’s chemistry majors. Martin is on our advisory group for ChemSpider. Andrea was kind enough to answer the question “How do you use ChemSpider” and I felt it was of value to share the short report with the readers. We’d love to hear from other users about how you use ChemSpider and your feedback that could be shared with blog readers. Thanks
How I use ChemSpider
I use ChemSpider on a regular basis when I need additional or supplemental information about molecules or reactions. Homework or lab write-ups require the most need for this website. I use the main box in the center of the page to search for my information. I mainly use systematic names, trade names or formulas to search for my data. Most results appear in a very short time, which is very helpful. I rarely use the structure search option, although if my type of research was different I might find it more useful. For many of my lab write-ups and papers, the information I search for includes common physical properties such as boiling point, melting point, and density. The molecular weight and safety comments are also items I find extremely useful. The icon at the end of the information that leads you to the webpage it came from is another useful option, as the original source is very important to know. ChemSpider has many features that are useful to an undergraduate student.
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