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Searching for Unknowns via the Internet

Searching for unknowns across an internal library or database can serve as a major time saver. A more accessible database is the Internet. Many chemists and elucidators search the World Wide Web using a mass, a molecular formula or a fragment.


Be aware that proprietary data sent over the Internet runs the risk of being intercepted.


Searching the Internet via Google™ for the molecular formula C17H11N5 produced 787 hits with Letrozole appearing in the first dozen hits or so. Using a variation of the molecular formula C17 H11 N5 with the elements spaced out produced over 34,000 hits without any clear reference to Letrozole.