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Chemistry is the "science concerned with the substances of which matter is composed, the investigation of their properties and reactions, and the use of such reactions to form new substances; (in early use also) alchemy" (from Oxford English Dictionary). See the pages below for additional resources in other areas of chemistry :

biochemistry and biophysics  |  chemistry, analytical  |  chemistry, inorganic  |  chemistry, organic  |  chemistry, physical  |  chemistry, polymer

Article Databases and Indexes

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SciFinder is the best database for chemistry-related topics. Registration is required, and you must download VPN and then log in to it for off-campus access.

SciFinder includes journal and patent references,chemical regulatory data, and supplier, reaction, and substance information.

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

The Web of Science is the Web interface for institutional sitewide access to the Science Citation Index. A citation index compiles cited references from journal articles and allows you to find articles that have cited older papers.

Indexes, Other

The CAS Source Index (CASSI) Search Tool is an online resource for locating the bibliographic details for journals. Search by title, abbreviation, CODEN, ISBN, or ISSN. Beyond CASSI is a supplement to the CASSI Search Tool to help decipher shortened journal title abbreviations from early chemical literature and other historical references that may not be listed in the CASSI Search Tool.

General Reference Sources

Biographical Sources

Brief (1-2 page) biographies of over 500 American chemists who are no longer living; published by the American Chemical Society. Includes references for further reading.

Chemical Compounds

ChemIDplus indexes more than 368,000 records for chemical substances cited in the National Library of Medicine (NLM) databases. It is searchable by Name, Synonym, CAS Registry Number, Molecular Formula, Classification Code, Locator Code, and Structure (requires Chime plug-in or ISIS/Draw). The records contain information on structure, names and synonyms, formulas, registry numbers, and some physical properties in addition to toxicity information and links to NLM-indexed articles which cite the substances.

Database of descriptive & numerical data on chemical, physical & biological properties of compounds; systematic & common names; literature references; & structures. Contains all compounds included in: Dictionary of Organic Compounds (255,000 records) Dictionary of Natural Products (170,000) ; Dictionary of Inorganic and Organometallic Compounds (101,000) ; Dictionary of Drugs (40,000+) ; Dictionary of Analytical Reagents (14,000)

Gives roughly 122,000 synonyms for 25,000 important chemicals.

Great source for terminology for common compounds.

Chemical Prices

Comes in USA & international editions. Together they list by chemical name the product lines of thousands of chemical suppliers in over 130 countries. Gives brief contact information.

Weekly newspaper of the chemical process industries, for buyers & sellers of chemicals with limited current pricing information (via the "Miscellaneous Ejournals" option). Fulltext of recent issues is available online through Business Source and MasterFILE Premier (search Publications for list of available issues). Includes comprehensive pricing information in pre-March 28, 2005 issues, with Focus Reports approximately every 3 weeks (in-depth special sections about core industry segments, trends, & markets).


4,000 entries cover commonly encountered terms and concepts in chemistry, including physical chemistry and biochemistry. Appendices include a full alphabetical table of elements and their properties.

Gives technical and descriptive data for common substances and phenomena. Identifies thousands of chemicals by name, physical properties, source of occurrence, shipping regulations, CAS number, hazards, derivations, synonyms and applications. Available online through Knovel as well as in print.


Describes almost 700 graduate programs in chemistry and allied fields; lists faculty members and their research areas, papers published within the last two years, and details about the degree programs offered.


Covers all areas of biochemistry including aspects related to molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, and biophysics. Intended for a cross-disciplinary audience.

One of the most comprehensive and well-known encyclopedias in the field of chemical technology; it also contains a great deal of basic chemistry.

"The worlds's largest technical encyclopedia," this is also a very trusted source of information on a wide variety of fields that involve chemistry.

Van Nostrand Reinhold Encyclopedia of Chemistry

1300 articles, prepared by experts, written for the student with a general background in chemistry; provides a somewhat general treatment of basic concepts. Contains bibliographic references & a detailed subject index.

General Reference Works

CHEMnetBASE is a reference source for locating chemical facts, properties, literature references, and for performing structure searching. All dictionaries are sub-structure searchable as is Properties of Organic Compounds. CHEMnetBASE includes the following: The CRC Handbook of Chemistry & Physics; Polymers: A Property Database; Properties of Organic Compounds; Dictionary of Commonly Cited Compounds; Dictionary of Inorganic and Organometallic Compounds; Dictionary of Organic Compounds; Dictionary of Natural Products; and Dictionary of Drugs.

Handbooks and Manuals

Annually published reference source for chemical & physical property data, nomenclature, structure, & composition of substances. Includes physical constants of organic & inorganic compounds, conversion factors, & much more.

Classic reference covering the entire field of chemistry, with up-to-date facts, figures, numerical values, tables, and formulas.

Classic reference source for chemists; contains over 10,000 entries on drugs and pharmaceuticals, common organic chemicals and laboratory reagents. The entries include data such as chemical names, molecular formula, chemical structure, physical data, literature references, and more.

Physical Property Data

Very thorough guide for locating sources of chemical and physical property data. Created by Arizona State University Libraries. Check MNCAT Discovery to see whether and where we have a particular book or database.

Open access database of published and unpublished crystal structure atomic coordinates.

The Infotherm thermophysical property database, produced by FIZ CHEMIE Berlin, includes tables of phase equilibria, transport and surface properties, caloric properties, acoustic, optical, and PVT properties for 6,700 pure compounds and 24,000 mixtures. The data comes from journals, data collections, manuals, and measurement reports, and the databse is updated on a monthly basis.

Knovel is a collection of engineering handbooks, but it is also a great place to find property data as it includes a number of chemistry reference books. It's easy to search and pulls out a lot of data into interactive tables (some of which will even plot the data for you).

Provides access to collection of more than 80 databases of well-documented numeric data (including the NIST Chemistry WebBook and other sources of chemical and physical properties) from the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST). The data are from a variety of scientific disciplines including biotechnology, chemistry, materials science, mathematical modeling, physics, and more. Searchable by keywords, properties, and substances.

This database contains records for over 70 printed handbooks and compilations of thermodynamic and thermophysical data for chemical compounds. It is an index to the University of Texas-Austin's collection, however most of the titles are also held at the University of Minnesota.

Safety Information

Covers emergencies; facilities and equipment; OSHA standards; storage, handling & use of chemicals; health effects; and wastes, as well as non-chemical labs.

An electronic version of the seven-volume work from the Royal Society of Chemistry, contains approximately 5,300 chemicals and their impact on the environment. Detailed information about the toxicity of the chemicals, physical properties and regulatory requirements is also presented.

Sigma-Aldrich Library of Regulatory and Safety Data

A 3-volume set providing safety and regulatory information for hazard evaluation, labeling, transportation, regulatory reporting, storage, and handling of over 20,000 pure chemicals.

This site includes an index of free sites where material safety data sheets (MSDS) can be found as well as background information on MSDS (e.g., how to interpret MSDS) and a glossary of terms found in MSDS.

Internet Resources

Web Sites

CAS Registry Numbers for approximately 7,800 chemicals of widespread general public interest. Search by chemical name or CAS RN.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

Style Manuals

Describes the writing and citation style recommended by the American Chemical Society. See Chapter 14 for guidelines on citing different types of references.

Library Information

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