Talk:Chemical Abstracts Service

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I'd like to take the moment to note here that Chemical Abstracts, in all its associated editions, volumes and indices, is one of the most intimidating sights a chemistry student can ever be faced with. It's a great example of the sort of reference that is better handled electronically.

It was also a great resource in print--if you were in the chemistry library, which was fine for chemistry lbrarians. It would be hard for me to show this now, for the chem libraries I might use have put it in storage. In chem libraries, the most important design element was suitable shelving and tables for CA. The rest of the library was designed around it. DGG 06:29, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

names that seem to have been confused[edit]

Chemical abstracts service is not identical to scifinder. CAS produces the CA database files. They package them, and sell them, and license various other parties to do similarly. The service they control is STN, which has their own database and number of others, licensed from elsewhere. STN provides several interfaces. One is an excellent graphical interface called Scifinder. Another is a somewhat stripped-down academicversion, called scifinder Scholar. (Thats the one most users of WP will have come in contact with.)

I may not be the best person to write this up corrrectly, as my direct experience is a few year old, but I'll try to find somebody. DGG 06:29, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

No CAS, not STN, produces SciFinder and SciFinder Scholar, which provide access to CAS databases plus MEDLINE. STN is a separate service operated jointly by CAS and the German organization FIZ Karlsruhe. (Eric Shively, CAS)

Name Change?[edit]

I know that a few years ago they officially changed their name from Chemical Abstracts Service to CAS. Shouldn't this be reflected in the article? TBIRallySport 21:38, 22 May 2007 (UTC)

Looking around their website, I see they almost exclusively refer to themselves as "CAS", however the title of the main page is in fact "Chemical Abstracts Service". [1] It is always a good idea to keep abreast of name changes, but CAS could mean a dozen different things (as seen on disambiguation). If someone can, I'd like to see an official press release or news story about the name change.--Analogue Kid 22:19, 22 May 2007 (UTC)

Ershively 19:29, 17 October 2007 (UTC)

CAS hasn't formally changed the name "Chemical Abstracts Service." CAS is used more frequently because it is brief and less likely to imply the organization offers only "chemical" information and only "abstracts." For example, important components of CAS information are substance records from the CAS Registry, and these are relevant to biology and medicine, etc. as well as chemistry.

--Ershively 19:29, 17 October 2007 (UTC)

History section[edit]

I'm not going to do this now, but someone should add a history section. CAS was founded in 1907 and celebrated its 100th anniversary at the 2007 ACS National Meeting in Boston. Shalom (HelloPeace) 17:03, 28 November 2007 (UTC)

The ACS National Historical Chemical Landmarks website has a detailed history of the CAS. M stone (talk) 20:02, 28 November 2007 (UTC)

I agree that there should be a history section. The impact of this institution has been enormous, and the history is rather interesting. If anyone has copyright-free photos of the Olentangy main campus, they should add them, as one of the most interesting things about CAS is that it is situated on this huge lawn right in the middle of Columbus, OH. I may type up a paragraph and add it soon.Jack B108 (talk) 13:31, 1 August 2009 (UTC)


I work at CAS and was impressed to see such a recent picture of Building B on the main page...the banner on it advertising the Pelotonia race, that was about two weeks ago. I ought to mention however that building B houses mostly non-CAS staff. The Columbus campus of CAS also houses some technical editing and journal production staff for the American Chemical Society's publications department, all of whom are in Building B. Building A is where CAS staff is located as well as the main entrance and visitor parking. Lorax523 (talk) 19:44, 17 September 2009 (UTC)

Yes, good points. The cool thing is that the Pelotonia banner says "Chemical Abstracts" on it. There is enough CAS stuff going on in and around that bldg. that I thought the pic was still appropriate here. Jack B108 (talk) 03:05, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Actually, I question the accuracy of Lorax523's statements and I also question whether it's appropriate to make claims regarding the distribution of office space in this forum. (talk) 14:57, 7 August 2010 (UTC)

Update Link[edit]

I have updated the external link to the National Historic Chemical Landmarks (NHCL) resource about this topic and corrected the NHCL name in the body of the entry. I am the program coordinator of the NHCL program, and the page that was referenced has been replaced with KLindblom (talk) 17:42, 6 March 2012 (UTC)