The Jazz of Chemistry

By P99am, Wikimedia Commons

Guide to Finding
the Best Resources

Welcome! This page highlights key resources for conducting effective information research in chemistry.

If you need assistance identifying additional resources, search terms or strategies, please schedule a research consultation.

Personal Librarian:
Lois Coleman
104 LeFrak, Barnard Hall

Reference Sources

  • ChemDraw
    A chemical and biological drawing suite containing advanced prediction tools and full Web integration.
  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics online
    A popular ready reference source for chemical and physical data.
  • The Dictionary of Commonly Cited Compounds
    Contains data on 25,000 compounds most commonly used by chemists, including organic compounds, inorganic compounds, drugs, natural products, materials, alloys, and the elements and their isotopes.
  • Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry
    Covers all fields of chemical research - analytical, organic, physical, polymer, inorganic biomedical, environmental, pharmaceutical, industrial, petroleum, forensics, and food science.
  • Reaxys
    Find substances, reactions, citations, patents, and more from the Beilstein Database, the Gmelin Database, and the Patent Chemistry Database.
  • TOXNET: Toxicology Data Network
    The National Library of Medicine portal to databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases.

Finding Scholarly Articles

  • Google Scholar
    Only finds scholarly materials - articles, books and citations - but searches full text, and will often find too many irrelevant articles.  Go to Settings and enable "Library Links" for Columbia University - this will make the Columbia e-Link show up in the results list so that you can easily go to the full text.
  • JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments
    The world's first peer reviewed scientific video journal.
  • PubMed
    Provides access to over 16 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s.
  • SciFinder (to register, use this link:
    Provides access to the Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) databases of chemical literature and U.S. and foreign chemical-related patents, to CASREACT, to the Registry database from CAS, and to Medline.
  • Scopus
    Excellent source for citation searching or finding original articles in chemistry.
  • Web of Science
    Scholarly articles in all disciplines, including chemistry. This database can also be used to identify articles that cite an author or article that you specify, and for various kinds of citation analysis.

Newspapers and Non-Scholarly Magazine Articles

  • CLIO Articles search
    Gives you access to full-text journals, encyclopedias, newspaper articles, e-books and government documents.  By default, newspaper articles are excluded from the initial search results.
  • Proquest
    This database has many magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times back to 1851.

Finding Books

Citing Your Sources