Wondering why all of this emphasis on the library?
Well, according to none other than the American Chemical Society:
A student who intends to become a practicing chemist, or who will use chemistry in allied fields of science and medicine, should know how to use the chemical literature effectively and efficiently. Access to the chemical literature has traditionally used print resources extensively; these days however instruction in chemical information skills is likely to rely heavily on on-line resources and access and instruction in those resources is critical to the training of any chemist.
There are a variety of specific skills of importance in the successful use of the chemical literature. For example, students should be able to
Efficiently locate chemical and physical properties of substances, including spectra.
Efficiently locate references for the detection, characterization, or reactions, including syntheses, of desired compounds or classes of compounds.
Be able to obtain information on a substance through a variety of searching strategies, including structure searching, and searching by molecular formula and name.
Identify key references and use citation searching of articles to locate more current articles on the topic of interest.
Complete a comprehensive subject search.
Compile a complete bibliography of an author's publications.
Locate recent review articles on a subject.
Know the importance of patents and be able to search for patents on a subject.
Use a bibliographic program to organize information and prepare a scientific paper.
Instruction should also be provided in data management and archiving, record keeping (electronic and otherwise), and managing citations and related information. This includes notebooks, data storage, and information management and formatting.