Artilce Databases- Best Bets

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) databases: CAPlus, CARegistry, CAREACTS, CHEMCATS, and CHEMLISTS. Individual user registration required. Search by author name, research topic, substance identifier, chemical structure/substructure, or chemical reaction.  See CAS's tutorials on substance and reaction searching.

To get started , work through the SCiFiner Resousrce on Demand tutorial on the Sci Finder Training Page .  These tutorials explain the basic searching techniques in SCiFinder , such as searching  for references , substance, or reactions.

Biological Abstracts
Provides abstracts and bibliographic references to journal items focusing on vital biological and medical research findings, pharmacological studies, and discoveries of new organisms. Includes some linked full text.

Entrez, the Life Sciences Search Engine

Google Scholar
A search engine that searches the Web for peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from broad areas of research. Supports cited reference searching. Includes recent or unpublished work that hasn't yet been indexed in other databases. Each Google search citation will include a link to the full-text resource provided by the IC Library, when available.
Provides access to abstracts, papers, books, conferences, news, and Chemistry forums. (Registration required)
An online global gateway to science information from 28 national databases.
Research portal that allows searching across 38 scientific databases from the US government.

CAS Source Index (CASSI)
Database of journal and series titles indexed by CAS since 1907.  Especially useful for de-coding journal abbreviations.

General Chemistry

The following are a list of additional scholalry databases the Ithaca College Library subscribes to which contain  information on general chemistry .

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Contains high quality and recent , full text artilces from various academic disciplines, including chemistry. 

HighWire Press
A division of Stanford University Libraries offers a large collection of chemistry articles, some of them in full text.

Military and Government Collection
Contains current events coverage and  includes articles that relate to the intersection of chemistry research and military action.  This database includes full- text coverage from 1934 to the present.


American Chemical Society Publications
The ACS is the publisher of the Journal of Physical Chemistry, Langmuir, Organic Letters, and many other chemistry titles.

Access to the weekly journal Nature from 1869 to the present. Nature contains original research, science news, review articles, job postings, and book reviews. Links to several other journals from Nature Publishing Group.

Science Magazine Online, aka Science Online, the official journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Access back to 1997 is available through this site; see JSTOR for older issues.

ScienceDirect is the online searchable interface for journals from Elsevier Press, the publisher of Tetrahedron and Tetrahedron Letters as well as many other chemistry titles.

General Reference

ChemEd DL (Chemical Education Digital Library)
Very extensive site covering (mostly) undergraduate level chemistry.  While intended primarily for educators, ChemEd DL can serve as a valuable reference for students as well.

Handbook of Organic Chemistry
Ref QD251.2 .B4813 1996
Comprehensive guide to all things organic.

Kent and Riegel's Handbook of Industrial Chemistry and Biotechnology
Ref TP145 .R53 2007
Features specialized chapters on a host of topics in practical chemistry, from green chemistry to the nuclear industry.

Kirk-Othmer Concise Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology
Ref TP9 .K54 2007
Fifth edition of this definitive reference for applied chemistry.

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology
Ref Q121 .M3 2007
Illustrated encyclopedia of all the sciences.

Vocabulary and Concepts of Organic Chemistry
Ref QD291 .V63 2005
Excellent reference work on organic chemistry. Contains chapters not only on the different classes of organic and organometallic compounds, but also on methods in organic chemistry such as separation techniques and spectroscopy.

Property Data

A resource from the National Library of Medicine that provides access to structure and nomenclature information for the identification of chemical substances cited in NLM databases. The database contains over 380,000 chemical records, of which over 263,000 include chemical structures.

Comprehensive Organic Name Reactions and Reagents
Ref QD77 .W36 2009
Three volume encyclopedia of named reactions in organic chemistry.  Entries are generally 3-5 pages and include lists of references.

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
Ref QD65 .H3
Immense compendium of chemical and physical data.

Handbook of Organic Compounds
Ref QC462.85 .H36 2001
Title continues: "NIR, IR, Raman, and UV-Vis Spectra Featuring Polymers and Surfactants"  3-volume set of spectral data and techniques.

Chemical structure database providing fast text and structure search access to over 26 million structures from hundreds of data sources.

Household Products Database
Health & Safety Information on Household Products from the National Library of Medicine. Information is taken from a variety of publicly available sources, including brand-specific labels and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) prepared by manufacturers.

Organic Syntheses
Database of organic reactions that can be searched by keyword or structure (with a ChemDraw plugin).  Also features tables of contents for the print volumes of Organic Syntheses, for the easy location of known citations.

Free database of biologically active chemical compounds from NCBI. Searching help is available here.

Periodic Table
Interactive periodic table from Chemicool.
Interactive periodic table developed by David D. Hsu of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  It provide infomration about the elements properties, discovery, uses, appearances, characteristics and more.

Periodic Table Live
Interactive periodic table from the ChemEd Digital Library.  Provides extensive historical, physical, and atomic data about each element.

The Periodic Table of Videos.
This website was created by the University of Nottingham, oofers short videos about the elements and other chemistry topics.

Sax's Dangerous Properties of Industrial Materials
Ref T55.3.H3 L494 2004
Three volume handbook of toxicological data of common chemicals.

A commercial chemical supplier whose website offers spectral and other property data on their products.

Toxicology data network from the National Library of Medicine. Databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases. The most complete toxicology information is often found in the entries from the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB).

Scientific Biography

African American Women Chemists
QD21 .B69 2012

Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science
Ref Q141 .B5285 2000
Two-volume biographical dictionary. Articles are brief, but often include lists of sources.

Dictionary of Scientific Biography
Ref Q141 .D5
Eighteen-volume encyclopedia containing detailed biographical essays on scientists and mathematicians. Articles are signed and generally include extensive bibliographies.

National Academy of Sciences Biographical Memoirs
Biographical treatments of notable scientists.

Notable Twentieth-Century Scientists
Ref Q141 .N73 1995
Four volume biographical encyclopedia of 20th century scientists. Articles include lists of works by and about the subjects.

Scientific Writing

Art of Scientific Writing (2nd ed.) by H.F. Ebel, C. Bliefert, & W.E. Russey
QD9.15 .E23 2004
Covers reports, dissertations, journal articles, and books.  Aimed specifically at chemists, but applicable to any scientific writing.

Enjoy Writing Your Science Thesis or Dissertation! by Daniel Holtom & Elizabeth Fisher
T11 .H582 1999
"A step by step guide to planning and writing dissertations and theses for undergraduate and graduate science students."

Scientific Papers and Presentations by Martha Davis
T11 .D324 1997
Especially valuable for its discussion of presentations for scientific meetings and job interviews.

Scientists Must Write by Robert Barrass
T11 .B37 2002
"a guide to better writing for scientists, engineers and students"

Writing for Science by Robert Goldbort (e-book)
Includes a chapter on "undergraduate reports in the sciences."

Writing Science: How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded by Joshua Schimel
T 11. S35 2012

Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students (Penn State)
Discusses not only formal papers such as lab reports and theses, but also scientific correspondence and resumes.

Writing in the Sciences (UNC Chapel Hill Writing Center)
Focuses on grammar and usage.

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Periodical Table

Interactive Periodic Table
This periodic table offers a “what’s this?” approach to exploring the chemical elements. It includes graphical highlights of various relationships among the elements. Courtesy of W. H. Freeman, publisher of Chemistry in the Community and CADRE design.

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General Webpages

American Chemical Scoiety
Artilces, web site, mews, education resources

Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table
An " Online textbook" with " lessons" 1- Quanta: A New View of the World, 2- Light, Particles and Waves, 3- The Bohr Atom, 4- The Quantum Atom, 5- Atomic Electron Configurations , and 6- Periodic Properties of the Elements.

Cycle of Scientific Scholarly Information

For an overview of the flow of Scientific Information
See Scientific Communication

Learn the difference between :
  • Primary Sources
  • Secondary Sources
  • Tertiary Sources

Citing Your Sources

 Refer to the ACS Style Guide.  

Ref Desk QD 8.5 A25 2006
chapter 14 deals with citations!

Cover Art

ACS is also available  via the American Chemical Society web page.  See Chapter 14 of the ACS Style deals with references and citation.  ACS Style Chapter 14. References

For a Quick Reference Guide, see also the 
ACS Citation Style (quick guide) from Penn State Univeristy Libraries

Reference Managers

Green Chemistry

The following Ithaca College Library database is a good source for schoalrly articles on Enviornmental and Green Chemistry.

GreenFILE covers all aspects of the human impact to the environment, including articles that cover  the intersection of enviornmental studies & chemsitry research.  Indexing dates back to 1913 and full - text coverage back to 1990.

ACS( Anerican Chemiscal Society)  Green Chemistry Institue  ( ACS GCT)
Links and other information about green chemistry.

Useful Chemistry

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Citation Tools

This free, open-source program can be used to organize your sources. With the Word plugin, you can automatically create your works cited or references list.

Mendeley is another free program to help you manage sources and citations. Mendeley also has features to help you collaborate with others online and discover new research.

For more information, and more citation management tools see our guide on Medeley Reference Manager OR Zotero Reference Manager