CHEM 3338: Quantitative and Instrumental Techniques Lab

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Research Guide

Welcome! This page highlights key resources for conducting effective information research on quantitative and instrumental techniques in chemistry.

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

Personal Librarian:
Lois Coleman
312 Milstein


Finding Scientific Literature, including Articles, Conference Papers, and Preprints

  • 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.


Other Useful Websites and Reference Sources

  • ChemDraw/ChemBioDraw
    A chemical and biological drawing suite containing advanced prediction tools and full Web integration.
    A collection of reference works in chemistry.
  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics online
    A popular ready reference source for chemical and physical data.
  • Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry
    Covers all fields of chemical research - analytical, organic, physical, polymer, inorganic biomedical, environmental, pharmaceutical, industrial, petroleum, forensics, and food science.
  • FDA Laboratory Methods
    Compendium of analytical laboratory methods for food and feed safety.
  • Index to EPA Test Methods
    List of procedures approved by the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • NEMI
    The National Environment Methods Index is a searchable database of environmental methods, protocols, statistical and analytical methods.
  • NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods (NMAM)
    A collection of methods approved by the the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
  • 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 Books


Citing Your Sources