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5.35 Introduction to Experimental Chemistry : Finding chemical information


Need to draw chemical structures? Or biological pathways?

Install ChemBioDraw!

Mendeley for your citations

ACS Style Guide

Article databases

Use these to find articles, conference papers, and other literature on your topic!

Web of Knowledge/Web of Science (1900 -present)

Index to high-impact science, social science, engineering, arts and humanities research journals. Includes cited reference searching.  

SciFinder (1907-present, must register before using the first time)

Reaxys ( content coverage 1771 - present) 

        Combined web access to Beilstein, Gmelin and Patent Chemistry Database. Search by chemical structures or reactions to retrieve physical/chemical properties, spectra, related reactions, description of reactions as well as references to the literature in which the data appear. It also includes the synthesis planner tool.


  • NCBI database for research in medicine and biosciences. Includes MEDLINE, other full-text resources, links to NCBI sequencing databases. 

Handbooks and encyclopedias

Handbooks and encyclopedias are a great way to learn about a new topic.  Don't forget to check the references at the end of the chapter/section for more detailed information.

You can always find individual books in Barton - both electronic and print!

Selected chemistry handbooks & encyclopedias

Need a definition to a scientific term? Try Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering Librarian