Major Research Tools

American Chemical Society Publications


Full text of chemistry and chemical engineering journals published by the American Chemical Society from their first issue to the current issue.

Kent and Riegel’s Handbook of Industrial Chemistry and Biotechnology

Full-Text, Reference

Handbook describing the chemical and engineering principles underlying the chemical process industry; chapters cover specific segments of the industry.


Full-Text, Reference

Database providing technical data and information from hundreds of engineering reference sources, including handbooks, material and chemical property data, and interactive elements such as graphs, equations, and tables. 10 subject areas covered: Chemistry & Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering & Construction Materials; Engineering Management & Leadership; Environment & Environmental Engineering; Food Science; General Engineering & Project Administration; Industrial Engineering & Operations; Mechanics & Mechanical Engineering; Oil & Gas Engineering; Process Design, Control, and Automation; Sustainable Energy & Development; Transportation Engineering.


Coverage: 1907-present

Electronic version of Chemical Abstracts, an index of articles, patents, technical reports, and other materials covering chemistry, biochemistry, and chemical engineering. Includes features to search by drawing chemical structures and for analysis/synthesis prediction. Also a source for finding prices for chemicals.

Web of Science: Science Citation Index

Coverage: 1955-present

Index covering the journal literature of science and technology. Allows you to search for a topic, an author, or for articles that cite a known author or work.

Other Suggested Research Tools

Annual Reviews

Full-Text, Index

Index coverage: vol. 1 - present; Full-text coverage: 1996-present

Full text of articles reviewing the scholarly literature for a variety of topics in the physical, biomedical, and social sciences.

Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC)

Data, Reference, Visual Resource

Suite of software and tools to search, visualize, and analyze small molecule crystallographic data. Included is the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD), "the world's repository of experimentally determined organic and metal-organic crystal structures."

Consumer Product Information Database

This Consumer Product Information Database that links consumer brands to health effects has been designed to educate consumers about chemical ingredients of household products, including material safety data sheets (MSDS). The content originally available from the National Library of Medicine's Household Product Database, which is now discontinued, can be found here.

Derwent Innovations Index


Coverage: 1963-present (patents); 1973-present (patent citations)

Database of information on international patents in chemical, electrical and electronic, and mechanical engineering. Allows for patent citation searching.



Database of European patent information provided by the European Patent Office and the national offices of its members states. Abstracts in English are available for most patents; original language page images of the complete patent are available for many.

Household Products Database


Health and safety information on hundreds of household products from the National Library of Medicine. Includes auto, pesticides, cleaners, personal care, and pet products. Searchable by brand name, type of product, manufacturer, chemical name, or CAS registry number. Includes links to Material Safety Data Sheets. Taken offline in 2018. Link to archived site from Library of Congress.

How Products Are Made


Non-technical descriptions of manufacturing processes for a variety of objects, from bulletproof vests to mayonnaise to silly putty.

MatWeb, The Online Materials Information Resource

Data, Gateway

Database of property information for polymers, metals, ceramics, semiconductors, and other engineering materials. (Data and spec sheets are supplied by manufacturers and distributors; links to same are offered.)

National Center for Biotechnology Information


Home of GenBank (the National Institutes of Health's genetic sequence database), the Molecular Modelling Database, and other biotechnology resources. Complete


Full text access to most of Nature publishing group's journals, including current and archival access to Nature and Scientific American.

Patent Public Search


Full text of all U.S. patents issued since 1976, and full-page images for all U.S. patents issued since 1790. (Note: Full-page images can be viewed using, which generates PDFs based on patent numbers)


Index, Reference

Database of chemical structures of small organic molecules and information on their biological activities. Includes links to records in scientific literature databases. From the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Thomas Net


Provides information on manufacturers of industrial products, such as contact details, size of company, brief overview, etc. A valuable aid in design projects.

Toxicological Profiles


Toxicological profile information sheets are available for more than 250 hazardous substances found at National Priorities List (NPL) sites. Profiles are peer-reviewed and include health effects, chemical and physical information, regulations, a glossary, and references to key studies and other literature. Prepared by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a division of the CDC.