MU - Chemistry 210
Online Learning



The way scientists communicate has been altered in a revolutionary fashion in the past five years or so (after 1995). Research used to be published in printed journals and finding relevant research articles was a difficult, nontrivial and time-consuming process. Heavy volumes contained summaries of articles and one located these abstract via keywords. Such "abstracts" existed for every discipline and the "chemical abstracts" eventually were put online (mid-1980s). But even then, one still needed to search the abstracts for keywords, then look through the abstract and then run to the library and get the actual article. All this has changed very much. Nowadays, all articles of all journals are available online! Full text searches are now the norm.

Universities usually obtain site-licenses with the various publishers so that all the students of that university can access all the journals by these publishers freely. This access is "free" so long as you access the journal from a computer that is located on campus with an IP address that identifies the computer as part of the MU system. For example, you can access the Journal of Organic Chemistry from campus because MU has a license agreement with the American Chemical Society, the publisher of JOC. Give it a try! Click "search the journals" and try out a search. For example, type "Glaser" in the author search line and click the submit button. In a split second, a list comes up of Dr. Glaser's papers and you have full access to these articles. Look around.

Other journals might require that you type in a username and a password. The Journal of Chemical Education is one of these journals. MU acquired a site license and MU students can read JCE Online as user "univ of missouri-columbia" with password "13410". Now, I want you to read one article in the September issue of JCE. (As I write this, on 8/28/00, the "current" online journal is the August issue. The article might not come online until 9/1/00.) The article I want you to read is entitled "On the Love of Teaching and the Challenge of Online Learning: A Few Reflections" by Richard N. Zare. As always: Enjoy! We'll talk about the article sometime in September.