Best Bets for Starting Your Research in Chemistry
Last Updated: Jan 6, 2015
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Use databases to find articles on your topic. These databases are the best place to start.
SciFinder contains information about substances, including chemical structures, chemical names, CAS Registry Numbers®, properties, commercial availability and regulatory information; reaction schemes, experimental procedures, conditions, yields, solvents, catalysts, as well as commercial availability of substances; and references to chemistry and related science information found in journals, patents, dissertations and more. Note: Requires individual login.
- Web of Science
Web of Science searches Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, Biosis Previews, and Arts and Humanities Citation Index.
Coverage: 1970 - Present. Updated: Weekly.
- Science Journals
Science Journals contains full text and citations in general science. Subjects include: Physics, Engineering, Astronomy, Biology, Earth Science, and Chemistry. Includes: charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, photos, and other graphical elements. Contains images. Coverage: 1986 - Present. Updated: Regularly.
- Environment Complete
Offers comprehensive coverage in areas such as agriculture, environmental technology, ecosystem ecology, marine science, pollution and waste management, renewable energy, and urban planning. Includes journals and monographs, many of which are in full text.
- MEDLINE (via PubMed)
Provides citations and abstracts to life sciences journals and online books, with links to additional relevant websites. Coverage includes the fields of biomedicine and health, the behavioral sciences, chemical sciences, and bioengineering.
An up-to-date gateway to scientific knowledge, from basic introductory material to extended encyclopedia articles and journal citations in biology, earth and environmental sciences, chemistry, physics, and beyond. With dictionary definitions, study guides, images, and videos.
- All Databases for Chemistry . . .
Tips & Tricks
- When searching databases, use AND, OR, and parentheses to focus your search.
- The asterisk * symbol will search for all variations of a word. For example: basket* will search for baskets and basketry. Using quotes will search for a phrase.
- Combine synonyms with OR and put them inside parentheses, like this:
"Latin America*" AND (democracy OR politics)
Learn how to find full-text articles.
Did you know?...
Databases are basically just search engines for articles on specific subjects.