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PSCB90 Physical Sciences Research Experience

Welcome to the research guide for PSCB90. This guide will help you become familiar with relevant research tips & resources for your project.

ChemDraw

The ChemDraw software is loaded on all the bookable computers in the UTSC Library, as well as the computers in the Library Instruction Lab (AC286A). 

You will need to download and register before you can use this software for home use. The software license is renewed each October. Once you've installed the software look for the green ChemDraw icon since other associated applications (Chem 3D) may also be installed with the ChemOffice Suite if you're on a Windows computer.ChemDraw icon

If you already have ChemDraw installed and want to reactivate your license for another year, simply open ChemDraw (select Cancel on the pop up window about renewing) and then select "Help" (Windows/PC) OR the ChemDraw icon at top left corner of the window (Apple/Macs) and choose "Activate Chemdraw". Enter the new activation code and select "activate". You can confirm all is good by clicking on the "About Chemdraw" under Help and it should say it is renewed until next October.

Need help locating your new activation code? The activation code is always available under Order History on your Perkin Elmer flexnet account where you downloaded the software.

If you are unable to open Chemdraw for some reason, the easiest thing to do is uninstall it and reinstall the latest copy. 

ChemDraw can also be remotely accessible by following the instructions on the IITS UTSC remote access SharePoint site.The only change is that you would need to connect to rdchemdraw.utscad.utsc.utoronto.ca instead of rdlab.utscad.utsc.utoronto.ca in Step 2 of the instructions. 

Students: additional details of this software package can often be found in your Quercus course sites. 

 

ChemDraw Help

Detailed ChemDraw help can be located directly within the application by selecting the 'Help' menu at the top right or the User Guide (link posted below). 

You can search the Help using the search box or browse through the different options available, such as Contents, Getting Started, Tutorials and ChemDraw Basics.  

ChemDraw interface

If you're new to ChemDraw I recommend viewing:

  • Get Started (User Guide Chapter 2): Explains the ChemDraw User Interface, Toolbars, Documents
  • Page Layout (User Guide Chapter 3): Explains the ChemDraw Drawing Area, Document Type, Printing, Saving Page Setup Setting, Slide Boundary Guides, Viewing Drawings

  • Preferences and Settings (User Guide Chapter 4):  Explains Setting Preferences, Customizing Toolbars, Document & Object Settings,  Customizing Hotkeys, Document Settings

  • Shortcuts and Hotkeys (User Guide Chapter 5): Explains Atom Hotkeys, Bond Hotkeys, Generic Hotkeys, Modified Hotkeys, Drawing Reactions Using Hotkeys, Shortcuts, Nicknames

  • Basic Drawings (User Guide Chapter 6): Explains Bonds, Atoms, Captions, Drawing Rings, Chains, Objects, Clean Up Structure, Checking Structures, Chemical Warnings

ChemDraw User Guide

Search SciFinder or Reaxys from ChemDraw

ChemDraw includes Search SciFinder and Reaxys buttons through it's Add-ins toolbar, enabling you to draw a structure or reaction query in ChemDraw and then instantly send the query to SciFinder or Reaxys.

With these tools built into ChemDraw, there’s no need to open a separate browser window or bother with tedious steps of constant cutting and pasting. With a single click, you can access comprehensive and authoritative sources of references, substances and reactions in chemistry and related sciences. Results are displayed immediately in the databases, where you can use their rich set of tools to search, filter, and analyze the information.

ChemDraw add-ins toolbar