Major Research Tools

American Chemical Society Publications

Coverage: varies

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

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."

Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology

Full-Text, Reference

Authoritative, comprehensive encyclopedia on chemical engineering. Complete

Full text access to most of Nature publishing group's journals, including current and archival access to Nature and Scientific American. See Nature's page for a full list of available titles.


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 a feature that allows users to search by drawing chemical structures.

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.



Database of chemical substances cited in National Library of Medicine databases. "Locator links" allow immediate searching of the chemical in additional NLM databases.


Database of chemical structures. Includes property data, chemical vendors, and other information.

Elemental Data Index


Scientific data on each chemical element from the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Physical Measurement Laboratory.

Fundamental Physical Constants


Latest values of the basic constants and conversion factors of physics and chemistry recommended for international use by CODATA (Committee on Data for Science and Technology).

NIST Chemistry WebBook


Thermochemical, thermophysical, and ion energetics data compiled by the National Institute of Standards and Technology under the Standard Reference Data Program.


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.

Spectral database for organic compounds, SDBS

Data, Reference

"An integrated spectral database system for organic compounds,which includes 6 different types of spectra under a directory of the compounds."

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.

TOXNET (Toxicology Data Network)


Cluster of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and related areas. It includes the Hazardous Substances Data Bank, TOXLINE, the Toxics Release Inventory, ChemIDplus, TOXMAP and more. (See the factsheet for information on database contents.) From the National Library of Medicine.