Frequently Asked Questions
Table of Contents
- Retrieving data files
- Including molecular drawings in a MS Word document
- Accessing the Cambridge Structural Database
Retrieving Data Files
Data files for completed crystal structures are stored on the Crystallography Reciprocal Net web server. Files may be retrieved from the server by using a web browser. Simply point to the url http://xrayweb.chem.ou.edu/recipnet/ and then log in. A computer account on this account can be obtained from the manager of the crystallography lab.
Including Molecular Drawings in a MS Word Document
Three different ways of adding a plot into a MS Word document are listed below. If you have troubles inserting your drawings into word processor documents, please contact the lab director.
Plots that are created using the XP program may be saved as postscript files (as *.eps). The *.eps files may be directly imported into a Word document
Plots may be prepared using the XSHELL program that exports files using the JPEG format. Again be sure to set the resolution to 1200.
Plots may be prepared using the program Mercury avialable for free from the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre or available on the computer with the department's copy of the Cambridge Structural Database (see below). Save your drawings as a JPG or PNG type of file.
Accessing the Cambridge Structural Database at OU
The Cambridge Structural Database, CSD, can be accessed from the xrayweb2 computer in room 2800 of SLSRC. Log into the CSDuser account and begin your search by starting the Conquest program.