Answered By: John Harvard
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To improve your results in in HOLLIS+, Academic Search Premier, and other multidisciplinary resources, you can try adding terms such as “organic chemistry,” “inorganic chemistry,” or “physical chemistry,” but general search databases are not ideal for searching chemistry and may not provide the information you need.




Marcia L. Chapin, the library liaison to Chemistry, is available to support researchers via email or in-person.


For general guidance, the best place to start is the Chemistry & Chemical Biology Library home page.


The Chemical Information Guide for Advanced Study contains instructions for how to access and use chemical information software packages that allow one to draw chemical structures, analyze experimental results and structures, and search structural, reaction, and substance information as well as research topics.




SciFinder, which includes Chemical Abstracts, is the major database for all of chemistry, covering the literature from 1907 to present. IMPORTANT ACCESS NOTE: SciFinder is a propriety software client and cannot be reached using your web browser. For instructions on how to download the software, navigate to the "SciFinder" section of the Chemical Information Software Guide for Advanced Study. This one client now supports both regular and substructure searching, 24 hours a day.


CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics contains tables of physical, chemical, and other scientific data, such as basic units and conversion factors, symbols and terminology, constants, structures, properties, and data for specific subfields of chemistry, such as thermochemistry or analytic chemistry.


Science Citation Index (Web of Science) is a multidisciplinary database covering the journal literature of the sciences. You can search Web of Science for articles on a specific topic, or for articles that cite a known author or work.

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