JCE 93.03 March 2016 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education March 2016 Cover

Chemical Information Special Issue

The March 2016 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers. The entire issue is devoted to topics on various aspects of chemical information and information literacy: chemical education research on information literacy; chemical information literacy for undergraduates; chemical information literacy for graduate students; prototypes and best practices; discovery.

Cover: Chemical Information

How chemical information is produced, distributed, discovered, managed, shared, and preserved has changed significantly in the past two decades—understanding how to navigate this digital landscape is essential for students, educators, and researchers. In response to a call for papers on chemical information, chemistry educators from around the world have contributed papers collected in this special issue on chemical information to share approaches to developing information literacy skills in students. Papers in this issue aim to be a resource for ideas and a catalyst for expanding communication and collaboration between chemists and information professionals. Contributions to the “Journal of Chemical Education Special Issue: Chemical Information” have a designation that they are part of the collection published in this issue. (Cover photo courtesy of Grace Baysinger.)


Grace Baysinger serves as the Head Librarian and Bibliographer of the Swain Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Library at Stanford University and was the guest editor for this special issue. In her Editorial, she introduces and contextualizes the Journal of Chemical Education’s “Special Issue: Chemical Information”.

Chemical Education Research on Information Literacy

Exploring the Information Literacy Needs and Values of High School Chemistry Teachers ~ Marci Zane and Valerie Karvey Tucci

Student Development of Information Literacy Skills during Problem-Based Organic Chemistry Laboratory Experiments ~ Ginger V. Shultz and Ye Li

Chemical Information Literacy for Undergraduates

The Stepping Stone Approach to Teaching Chemical Information Skills ~ Andrew A. Yeagley, Sarah E. G. Porter, Melissa C. Rhoten, and Benjamin J. Topham

Chemical Information Literacy at a Liberal Arts College ~ George E. Greco

A Combination Course and Lab-Based Approach To Teaching Research Skills to Undergraduates ~ Amy M. Danowitz, Ronald C. Brown, Clinton D. Jones, Amy Diegelman-Parente, and Christopher E. Taylor

Combining Chemical Information Literacy, Communication Skills, Career Preparation, Ethics, and Peer Review in a Team-Taught Chemistry Course ~ Mary Lou Baker Jones , Paul G. Seybold

Integrating Chemical Information Instruction into the Chemistry Curriculum on Borrowed Time: A Multiyear Case Study of a Capstone Research Report for Organic Chemistry ~ Danielle L. Jacobs, Heather A. Dalal, and Patricia H. Dawson

Integrating Chemical Information Instruction into the Chemistry Curriculum on Borrowed Time: The Multiyear Development and Evolution of a Virtual Instructional Tutorial ~ Danielle L. Jacobs, Heather A. Dalal, and Patricia H. Dawson

Interdisciplinary Explorations: Promoting Critical Thinking via Problem-Based Learning in an Advanced Biochemistry Class ~ Chapel D. Cowden and Manuel F. Santiago

Integration of EndNote Online in Information Literacy Instruction Designed for Small and Large Chemistry Courses ~ Svetla Baykoucheva, Joseph D. Houck, and Natalia White

The Effect of Peer Review on Information Literacy Outcomes in a Chemical Literature Course ~ David A. Zwicky and Michael D. Hands

Chemical Information Literacy for Graduate Students

Replacing the Traditional Graduate Chemistry Literature Seminar with a Chemical Research Literacy Course ~ Vincent F. Scalfani, Patrick A. Frantom, and Stephen A. Woski

Introducing Graduate Students to the Chemical Information Landscape: The Ongoing Evolution of a Graduate-Level Chemical Information Course ~ Judith N. Currano

Progressively Fostering Students’ Chemical Information Skills in a Three-Year Chemical Engineering Program in France ~ Christel Gozzi, Marie-José Arnoux, Jérémy Breuzard, Claire Marchal, Clémence Nikitine, Alice Renaudat, and Fabien Toulgoat

Prototypes and Best Practices

Creating an Adaptive Technology Using a Cheminformatics System To Read Aloud Chemical Compound Names for People with Visual Disabilities ~ Haruo Kamijo, Shingo Morii, Wataru Yamaguchi, Naoki Toyooka, Masahito Tada-Umezaki, and Shigeki Hirobayashi

Big Data and Chemical Education ~ Harry E. Pence and Antony J. Williams

Improving Information Literacy Skills through Learning To Use and Edit Wikipedia: A Chemistry Perspective ~ Martin A. Walker and Ye Li

The Safety “Use Case”: Co-Developing Chemical Information Management and Laboratory Safety Skills ~ Ralph B. Stuart and Leah R. McEwen


The Concept of the Imploded Boolean Search: A Case Study with Undergraduate Chemistry Students ~ Robert Tomaszewski

Using Patent Classification To Discover Chemical Information in a Free Patent Database: Challenges and Opportunities ~ Stefan Härtinger and Nigel Clarke

Crystallographic Information Resources ~ Leslie Glasser

Discovering More Chemical Concepts from 3D Chemical Information Searches of Crystal Structure Databases ~ Henry S. Rzepa

Discovering Reliable Sources of Biochemical Thermodynamic Data To Aid Students’ Understanding ~ Eduardo Méndez and María F. Cerdá

Using Citation Indexes, Citation Searching, and Bibliometrics To Improve Chemistry Scholarship, Research, and Administration ~ Robert E. Buntrock

Determining Synthetic Routes to Consumer Product Ingredients through the Use of Electronic Resources ~ Brian E. Love and Lisa J. Bennett

RCSB Protein Data Bank: A Resource for Chemical, Biochemical, and Structural Explorations of Large and Small Biomolecules ~ Christine Zardecki, Shuchismita Dutta, David S. Goodsell, Maria Voigt, and Stephen K. Burley

Mining the Archives: AP Chemistry Special Issue

The first special issue published by the Journal of Chemical Education in September 2014 was on the topic of AP chemistry curriculum and assessment redesign in response to the College Board’s new framework emphasizing big ideas, enduring understandings, and science practices. Chemistry educators at the high school and college levels contributed papers collected in this special issue on AP chemistry to share ideas, best practices, perspectives, and recommendations for action.

Greg Rushton introduced and contextualized the Journal of Chemical Education’s Special Issue: Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry.

Deanna Cullen listed the 20 commentaries, articles, and labs in the AP Chemistry Special Issue as a Pick on ChemEdX.

Every Issue of JCE Is Special and Full of Information

With 93 volumes of the Journal of Chemical Education to explore, you will always find something informative—including the articles mentioned above, and many more, in the Journal of Chemical Education. Articles that are edited and published online ahead of print (ASAP—As Soon As Publishable) are also available.

If you are considering writing an article for JCE, there are numerous author resources available on JCE’s ACS Web site, including recently updated Author Guidelines, Document Templates, and Reference Guidelines.