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Welcome to the Chemistry Department Research Guide! 

The purpose of a Research Guide is to help get you started on your research projects. On this page, you will find our librarian's recommendations for best resources for your subject. This includes relevant resources, such as specific Databases, citation format guidance, search tips, and contact information of the subject librarian.


Require further assistance? Reach out to your subject librarian! We are always happy to help. 


Unsure of which Databases to use for Chemistry?

Here is where we recommend starting:

ACS Journal Archive & Web Editions  

A division of the American Chemical Society, ACS Publications supports researchers through journals, eBooks, scientific programs, and the news magazine Chemical & Engineering News.

AGRICOLA (.gov)  

A database produced by the National Agricultural Library (NAL), consists of two subsets of records. The first contains citations for journal articles that include abstracts. The second consists of bibliographic records describing monographs, serials, audiovisual materials and online content from around the world. AGRICOLA includes but is not limited to resources available in the library. The database contains 5,200,000+ records and includes printed works from as far back as the 15th century.

arXiv (Cornell University)  

Alternate Name(s) Primary Source is a highly-automated electronic archive and distribution server for research articles. Covered areas include physics, mathematics, computer science, nonlinear sciences, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics.

SciFinder Scholar

Produced by Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), is the most comprehensive database for the chemical literature, searchable by topic, author, substances by name or CAS Registry Number, OR use the editor to draw chemical structures, substructures, or reactions. It's a core research tool for chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, nanotechnology, physics, environmental science and other science and engineering disciplines.

Citation Format: APA

You may be wondering - what is included in a citation?

  • Author
  • Title of source
  • Title of container
  • Other contributors
  • Version
  • Number
  • Publisher
  • Publication date
  • Location

So, how do you organize all of that information to ensure you're giving credit to the author(s)?


For online resources, we recommend Purdue Owl at: 

:// to get started. Remember - this to get started, you do not want to copy and paste! It is a tool to help you build the bones of your citation - always edit before turning your work in!


For a book or eBook, we recommend: The ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication. ISBN: 9780841235830, 084123583X 

To get access, please search our library catalog and request through Inter Library Loan (ILL services) - do not procrastinate using this service. 




Books, eBooks, and more in our Library Catalog!

Be sure to search our library catalog! (The search bar to our catalog is located at the top of each page of our website!) Our physical collection consists of 70,000 physical books and we have 700,000 eBooks available! This does not include other resources such as articles, journals, videos, and more!