Balancing theory and practice in chemical information instruction


Charles F. Huber, Davidson Library, Davidson Library, University of California - Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Most undergraduate and graduate students in chemistry don't intend to become chemical information professionals. They only want the nuts and bolts of searching the literature as easily and quickly as possible with the tools at hand. But sometimes more theoretical concepts or historical background can help make the students better searchers. Where to strike the balance? Examples from my chemical literature course at UC-Santa Barbara will be used to illustrate one approach.