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Ways to Identify a Chemical for Information Retrieval

·       Name (problem because there are multiple names for one chemical)

·       Formula (problem because there is one formula for multiple chemicals)

·       Structure (sometimes search tools will not allow you to deal with stereochemistry)

·       Mass (problem because there is one mass for multiple chemicals)

·       Physical Properties (problem because there are similar physical properties for multiple chemicals)

·       Spectra (difficult to search using any source but is like a Photo ID for a chemical)

·       Unique Identifier (i.e. an equivalent of a Social Security Number for a chemical): (1) IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry)  Identifier or (2) CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) Registry Number