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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.

General Reference Sources

Chemical Compounds

Database containing over 101,000 representative organometallic, inorganic, & coordination compounds. Provides synonyms, formulae, structures, CAS Registry Numbers, synthesis, physical properties, literature citations. Substructure searchable with plug-in.


This updated edition of the Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry covers the following areas of inorganic chemistry: Main Group Elements; Transition Metals and Coordination Chemistry; Organometallic Chemistry; Bioinorganic Chemistry; Solid State, Materials, Nanomaterials and Catalysis; and General Inorganic Chemistry, Theoretical and Computational Methods.

Handbooks and Manuals

ASM Handbooks Online(The Metals Handbook), a large database covering metals property and performance data, is the place to start for data on metals and includes all 21 ASM Handbook volumes and two ASM Desk Editions.

Contains physical & crystallographic data, nomenclature, & references for roughly 4,000 commonly-used inorganic compounds.

Reactivity of Inorganic Substances: Handbook

Gives data on more than 7000 important substances. Includes: chemical name, physical description, thermal stability, structure, solubility, reactivity, behavior in widely used solvents, & many specific properties. Provides synthetic methods on both industrial and laboratory scales. Also gives reactions in which the substances are reactants.

Physical Property Data

Gives data on over 4000 substances of industrial & scientific importance. Has phase-transition temperature, relative atomic masses, ionization and binding energies, bond lengths, thermodynamic constants, redox potentials, acidity and basicity.

Open access database of published and unpublished crystal structure atomic coordinates.

The definitive resource and reference work for crystallography with articles and tables of data relevant to crystallographic research and to applications of crystallographic methods in all sciences concerned with the structure and properties of materials; symmetry, diffraction methods and techniques of crystal structure determination, and the physical and chemical properties of crystals are primary emphases. A Brief Teaching Edition, a teaching tool drawn from Volume A, covers the 17 plane groups, 24 selected space-groups, & basic explanations.

Reaxys provides web-based access to chemical structure, reaction and property information; its contents are derived from Beilstein (organic compounds) and Gmelin (inorganic and organometallic compounds), which date to the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as selected English-language chemical patents (US,EP, and WO) from 1976-present).

Spectra, Infrared

A 3-volume set with over 18,500 spectra placed in order of chemical class and structural complexity. Includes chemical name, Wiswesser notation, melting point, and boiling point.

Spectra, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

A 3-volume set arranged by chemical class, containing proton and 13C NMR spectra for nearly 12,000 compounds. Gives name, limited physical properties, and structures as well.

2-volume set covering over 37,000 compounds, arranged by chemical class, with alphabetical and molecular formula indexes.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectra (Sadtler)

A set of 64,000 proton NMR spectra, not arranged by chemical class. Indexed by the Sadtler comprehensive indexes (which cover all the large Sadtler sets) by: name, molecular formula & weight, chemical class. Try Aldrich first.

Spectra, Ultraviolet & Visible

A 24-volume set of spectrographs, with cumulative name and formula indexes.


A 7-volume set surveying binding of ligands, coordination chemistry of the elements, and applications. Indexes by subject and formula in vol. 7. Vol. 1 covers theory and background; Vol. 2 is Ligands; Vols. 3-5 are surveys by metal; Vol. 6 is applications.

A 5-volume set including history; preparation; production; physical, chemical & thermodynamic properties; compounds; spectra; analytical chemistry and more, of the elements, arranged by periodic table group. Dated, but very useful.

A 14-volume set covering the literature from 1982-1994, this builds on the original 9 volume work, also in Walter reference. Volumes 11 & 12 treat the use of organometallics in organic synthesis.

This work builds on the two previous Comprehensive Organometallic Chemistry treatises and covers developments in and applications of organometallic chemistry since 1993.

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

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