MarinLit tutorial videos

Tutorial videos for MarinLit are now available.

We are pleased to present a series of nine tutorial videos for MarinLit.

Professors John Blunt and Murray Munro (University of Canterbury) have used their expert knowledge of the database to create tutorials explaining how to use its powerful features to solve problems faced by marine natural product researchers.

Click on the links to view tutorials on each topic, or watch the entire playlist, on YouTube.

1. Introduction to MarinLit

2. Quick search

3. Bibliographic search

4. Compound search

5. Compound search for dereplication

6. Taxonomy search

7. Location search for biogeography

8. Location search for research group collection sites

9. Dereplication using MarinLit

For a more general overview of MarinLit and its capabilities, see this series of tutorials to see how this powerful tool can help in your day-to-day research.

We very much hope that you find this series useful.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.

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MarinLit at ECMNP 2015

Recently, the MarinLit team of Serin Dabb (Executive Editor) and Helen Potter (Data Content Editor) attended the 9th European Conference on Marine Natural Products in Glasgow. As well as attending the interesting talks, we presented two posters on the functionality that is available in MarinLit,

The first poster discussed the importance of  biogeography as a tool for dereplication and in determining future sampling sites. It highlights how the location search in MarinLit can assist in these efforts.

Poster titled The Role of MarinLit as a Dereplication Tool: Biogeography

The Role of MarinLit as a Dereplication Tool: Biogeography

The second poster covers the powerful functional group search and how it can simplify dereplication efforts, without needing full interpretation of an NMR spectrum.

A poster titled: The Role MarinLit as a Dereplication Tool: NMR Features

The Role of MarinLit as a Dereplication Tool: NMR Features

The posters are available above as image files. If you would like a copy of the high resolution pdf of either poster, please get in touch and we would be happy to send it to you.

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Location searching is now available for all compounds

Thanks to the dedicated work of Prof. John Blunt and Prof. Murray Munro, all compounds in MarinLit now have their original collection location attached (as recorded in the original article). This extends the location search over another 9000+ collection sites and 30+ years of articles, allowing for even more powerful searching.

Previously, the collection location was only included for compounds from Rhodophyta and compounds published post-2013.

Location searching can be combined with the other searches in MarinLit, such as taxonomy or compound properties, to quickly get you to the results you are looking for. To start using the location search, click on the link from the home page. For more details, please see our help page.

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All compounds and articles from 2014 are now online

Our latest update for MarinLit is now live!  We have added 739 new articles and 660 new structures in this update, which contains all the remaining structures and articles from literature that was published in 2014.

You may have noticed that 2015 articles are already appearing in MarinLit. We are moving toward updating MarinLit continuously, so updates will appear as soon as possible after their publication in the literature. New articles and compounds will be added throughout the year, to keep your searching as up to date as possible.

You can see the last updated date for MarinLit in the top right corner of the homepage, next to the article counter.

The last updated date

The last updated date

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Location searching now available

We’re very pleased to introduce our latest addition to the MarinLit interface – location searching. This new search adds even more flexibility to the searches already available in MarinLit.

This new search option means you can:

  • find marine natural products collected at a specific site or in a region of interest
  • search by location name, or simply put a pin in the map
  • search by collection depth, either worldwide or in a specific location
  • view your results on a world map, or in a list
  • combine location searching with the other powerful searches in MarinLit
Location search interface in MarinLit

The location search interface in MarinLit

To get started with the location search, simply click on it from the home page and drop a pin in the map!

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MarinLit updated and out of beta

Reposted from an earlier version (first online May 2014)

We have now come to the end of the beta-testing phase for MarinLit. We would like to say thank you to all the beta testers who have provided us with their valuable feedback so far. It’s not too late to have your say – if you have any comments on MarinLit or ideas for future developments, please do get in touch. You can either click on the Feedback button on each page or send an email via the Contact Us page.

We have recently rolled out an update to MarinLit that significantly builds on the functionality already established. Most importantly, we have added the ability to search using all of the Bibliographic, Compound and Taxonomy data in a single search. We have also added to and improved some other areas of MarinLit – see below for more details.

Updated features in MarinLit:

Combined searching

It is now possible to combine any and all of the Bibliographic, Compound and Taxonomy searches. To do this, simply start in one search, fill in the criteria, and then navigate to the next search using the blue buttons at the top of the page. Your search criteria will be carried across to the new search page.

Improved marine categories

Marine categories are now arranged by type in a hierarchy. All categories within a group can now be searched by selecting the top level group.

Improved taxonomy data

Once a taxonomic name is selected, both higher and lower levels of the taxonomy are restricted only to possible combinations.

Improved results filtering

Results can now be filtered by marine category, in addition to author and journal.

Improved bibliographic search

The Bibliographic search has been streamlined and the marine categories are now searchable by hierarchy.

Full details of how to use the new features are available on the How to Search page.

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MarinLit Beta launched

Reposted from an earlier version (online April 2014).

We at the Royal Society of Chemistry are very proud to be working with MarinLit and have been working hard to develop an online version of this great product. We aim to deliver faster browsing, intelligent searching and more intuitive navigation in the new online database. We are therefore pleased to open up this new online version to existing MarinLit customers for beta testing.

The online version of MarinLit will allow you to
•    search across more than 24,000 compounds and 26,000 articles through one interface
•    draw your own structure and then search – or use molecular formulae to search
•    search by DOI and navigate straight to the article
•    use the flexible free text to search across title, date, issue, keywords, trivial names
•    quickly filter and refine your search results

Your feedback on the online version of MarinLit is very important to us. It will help us to make the site as useful and user-friendly as possible, while enhancing the functionality that is important to you. It couldn’t be easier to give feedback – simply click on the blue feedback button on the right-hand side of each screen to let us know what you think.

We will continue developing MarinLit through the beta period and beyond, so we will try and resolve any issues as soon as possible. You can find out about the changes in the latest release by looking in the Latest news section on the main page.

As we are still developing MarinLit, there are some issues that we are aware of and that we are working to resolve. These include:
•    MarinLit works best on up-to-date browsers, so you may need to check that you are running that latest version.
•    We are aware of some display issues in Internet Explorer 8. We are working to resolve this, but we would suggest viewing MarinLit in Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari for best results.

We hope you find this new online version full of the great functionality you have come to expect from MarinLit, along with added benefit of online access.  If you have any questions, problems or suggestions, do contact us – we’d love to hear from you.

View the online version of MarinLit

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Want more information on Royal Society of Chemistry’s acquisition of MarinLit?

What is MarinLit?

MarinLit is a database dedicated to Marine Natural Products (MNP) research. This database was established in the 1970’s by two MNP Professors John Blunt and Murray Munro at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. It was designed as an in-house system to fulfil the needs of the University of Canterbury Marine Group and has been developed to contain searchable features that are unique. The extremely comprehensive range of data contained along with these powerful features makes MarinLit the database of choice for MNP chemists.

How does the acquisition of MarinLit fit into the Royal Society of Chemistry’s broader strategy?

MarinLit is an excellent strategic fit for the Royal Society of Chemistry. It is used by marine natural products scientists around the world and provides an excellent strategic fit with the rest of our publishing portfolio and expands our natural product portfolio which includes Natural Product Reports and Natural Product Updates, and will complement existing products such as ChemSpider.

What changes can MarinLit users expect to see?

The Royal Society of Chemistry will continue to support and enhance MarinLit, our first development will be to produce a web based version, which will be ready in early 2014. Your experience will remain the same, you can expect the same great dedication as you always have from the MarinLit team. For all intents and purposes, it’ll be business as usual.

What are the future plans for MarinLit?

The Royal Society of Chemistry will work closely with John and Murray to develop MarinLit to ensure the same level of cutting edge functionality is offered to subscribers. In fact, one of the reasons John and Murray were keen to collaborate with us was they felt confident we could support planned functionality developments – such as creating a web based version which will be launched early 2014.

What will web MarinLit mean for the existing Foxpro database version?

The Royal Society of Chemistry will continue to provide data updates for a short period while customers switch to the web version. This timeframe is still under discussion; please contact us directly if this affects you.

I’m a MarinLit customer, will my access to MarinLit or access to user support change?

No, the way you use Marinlit is unchanged; continued support will to be provided by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

I’m a MarinLit customer, will my MarinLit licence costs change in the future?

Your MarinLit  licence terms are guaranteed for the duration of the licence period that you’ve purchased.

How can I access web MarinLit?

The web version of MarinLit is available at http://pubs.rsc.org/marinlit/

I have questions that aren’t answered here.

For any questions regarding renewing an existing subscription or setting up a new subscription, please email sales [at] rsc.org For any other questions regarding MarinLit, please contact marinlit [at] rsc.org

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