Chemistry Research Guide


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

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

  • Science Citation Index - Bibliographic info, author abstracts, and cited references from thousands of 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.  Vital source of new information on biologically active compounds and natural products.
  • Current Chemical Reactions - contains single- and multi-step new synthetic methods taken from leading journals and patents from 39 issuing authorities. Overall reaction flow is provided for each method, along with a detailed and accurate graphical representation of each reaction step.

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.

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

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.

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.


Comprehensive Dictionary of Inorganic Chemistry (e-book)

Dictionary of Chemistry (e-book)
Oxford University Press

Dictionary of Organic Compounds
Includes pictures and physical properties

Hawley's condensed chemical dictionary

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 Primo. For more information on "power searching" by subject, ask your reference librarian.

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