Subject Guides



ACS Publications
ACS Publications provides searchable access to over 130 years of original research in chemistry, including more than 750,000 articles contained in 3 million plus pages of chemistry findings, dating back to the introduction of the Journal of the American Chemical Society in 1879.

Thousands of chemistry-specific full text journals and e-books in a user-friendly interface.

A research discovery tool providing access to diverse research from many scientific disciplines, including biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, materials science, agricultural science, and more.  Search for substances, reactions, and patent and journal references.  Create a SciFinder account

ScienceDirect College Addition
Full text access to Elsevier publications in the Sciences back to 1996.  GFU subscribes to the Life Sciences, Health Sciences, and Physical Sciences and Engineering journal packages.

Academic Search Premier
An interdisciplinary database that provides full text articles.  This is the only database at GFU that includes full text access to the Journal of Chemical Physics (1 year embargo).

Web of Science
The Web of Science includes the Science Citation Index from 1979 to the present, Index Chemicus and Current Chemical Reactions.

  • Science Citation Index Expanded provides access to bibliographic information, author abstracts, and cited references from over 6,650 of the world’s leading scholarly science and technology journals covering more than 150 disciplines.
  • Index Chemicus contains the structures and critical supporting data for novel organic compounds reported in leading international journals. In addition, many records in the database show the reaction flow from starting material to final product. Index Chemicus is a vital source of new information on biologically active compounds and natural products. The database (1993 - present) contains over 2.6 million compounds. You will need a plug-in that is only available for the Internet Explorer browser.
  • Current Chemical Reactions contains single- and multi-step new synthetic methods taken from leading journals and patents from 39 issuing authorities. The overall reaction flow is provided for each method, along with a detailed and accurate graphical representation of each reaction step.

Web resources

ACS Publications Homepage
Has current news and links to publication information, jobs, copyright and more. To search ACS publications for articles, use the next link below.

ChemInfo at Indiana University
CHEMINFO, Chemical Information Sources, is designed to help people find and learn how to use chemical information resources on the Internet and elsewhere.  It has resource guides, free internet database links and a networking link. 

Green Chemistry (U.S. Environmental Protections Agency)
Supporting the research and development of environmentally safe chemicals and chemical processes through education and incentives.  

NIST Web Book
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) site provides chemical and physical data of the highest quality.

Royal Society of Chemistry Visual Elements Periodic Table
Federal government gateway to science research.

Science Daily
Current research news across the sciences.

A social media site that enables scientists to share their research with combined video, documentation and data in a rich-media format. Target audience is K12--professional.

Open Culture
Edited by the Director & Associate Dean of Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program, it includes a large collection of videos for teaching and sharing of science and technology. The site reviews and explains the content of each video. It also compiles podcasts and audio files.

Global Change Master Directory

Chemistry Spider
Free repository of information on chemical structures.  It includes more than 18 million chemical structures.

Part of the National Center for Biotechnology Information Entrez information retrieval system.  It consists of three linked databases: PubChem Substance , PubChem Compound and PubChem BioAssay.

  • PubChem Substance searches chemical substance records using names, synonyms and keywords
  • PubChem Compund searches chemical compounds using names, synonyms and keywords
  • PubChem BioAssay uses bioassay description terms.
Biological and Chemical Journal Abbreviations
Created by the Marian Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library at UC Berkeley.  When you cannot decipher that journal name in a citation, use this resource.


Organic chemistry

Dictionary of Organic Compounds
This set gives pictures, lists physical properties, and also the names of many organic compounds.


Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientific Biography e-book accessible via Credo General Reference 100

Macmillan Encyclopedia of Chemistry
This encyclopedia set includes many chemistry terms that are used at all levels of chemistry. The books also include applications and technology.

Encyclopedia of Chemical Reactions
Arranged by element, this encyclopedia set shows reactants and products and also how to make them. Great resource for writing Lab reports.

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
The CRC gives structures and physical properties on compounds. This book is vital for any chemistry class.

Basic Skills For Organic Chemistry: A Toolkit (electronic resource)

The Handbook of Infrared and Raman Spectra of Inorganic Compounds and Organic Salts
This encyclopedia set gives complete IR and Raman Spectra data on hundreds of compounds.

The Sadtler Handbook of Ultraviolet Spectra
This book gives complete UV spectra tables.

Physical chemistry

Encyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry
This encyclopedia set gives great explanations. It is a current, comprehensive explanation of the most important spectra and related techniques with applications.

Professional organization

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Finding books

By subject search

Below are some links to various subject searches in the catalog. The subject search is a specific and helpful way to find materials about your area of interest. Explore these or try some of your own subject searches using the "Subject" tab in Foxtrax. For more information on "power searching" by subject, ask your reference librarian.



Chemistry, Inorganic

Chemistry, Physical

By call number

If you want to browse for books in the library, use the call numbers below to find the subject areas that are of interest to you. You can use them to browse the reference section or the main stacks. The Library of Congress website may have a more detailed outline of call numbers for your subject area.

Subclass QD  
QD1-999 Chemistry
QD1-65 General
QD71-142 Analytical chemistry
QD146-197 Inorganic chemistry
QD241-441 Organic chemistry
QD415-436 Biochemistry
QD450-801 Physical and theoretical chemistry
QD625-655 Radiation chemistry
QD701-731 Photochemistry
QD901-999 Crystallography

Google Search: Chemistry

This Google Custom Search engine searches quality, discipline specific web sites selected by the librarians. 

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