Welcome! This page highlights key resources for conducting effective information research on quantitative and instrumental techniques in chemistry.
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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.
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: columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?clio6702921.999)
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
Use the Catalog search to find books, journal titles (but not articles in journals), online resources like databases, archives, and other materials held by the Columbia Libraries system, including the Health Sciences Library.
Searches libraries worldwide
Citing Your Sources
- Citation Management
Barnard Library Guides to citation styles, citation management software and avoiding plagiarism
- Guide to the ACS Style
From the American Chemical Society.
- The Manual of Scientific Style
A guide for authors, editors, and researchers