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This guide provides links to resources for chemistry students and is designed to make navigation quick and easy. If you need help finding information or would like to suggest resources that need to be included in this guide, please contact one of the librarians listed on the side. 

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Articles

When looking for journal articles, a database is usually your best place to start. Databases collect articles from a large number of journals in one place. Below are some recommended databases for research in Chemistry. Check out the Library's complete list of databases for more options.

NOTE: SciFinder, the key database in Chemistry, is very different in functionality from all other library supported databases. You need to create a personal SciFinder account to use this resource. CAS has SciFinder training available if you need help.

Please read this instruction page carefully before using SciFinder for the first time.

Key Resources

  • SciFinder Web (Chemical Abstracts, CAS React, CAS Registry)
    SciFinder provides access to Chemical Abstracts from 1907 to the present, the CAS Registry and the CAS React databases.
    Unlimited simultaneous users
  • Scopus
    Scopus, a new multidisciplinary online resource, will be invaluable to students and faculty in various fields of study within the sciences, health sciences and the social sciences. Scopus offers full-text linking, abstracting-and-indexing information and provides access to over 66 million abstracts dating back to 1966.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Inspec (Engineering Village)
    "Inspec is the world’s leading bibliographic database, providing comprehensive access to the world's scientific and technical literature in physics, electrical engineering, electronics, communications, control engineering, computers, computing, information technology, manufacturing, production and mechanical engineering. First published in 1898 as the Scientific Abstracts, Inspec now contains close to 10 million bibliographic records taken from more than 3850 scientific and technical journals and 2200 conference proceedings, as well as numerous books, reports, dissertations and patents, many with full-text linking."
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • PubChem

    "PubChem, released in 2004, provides information on the biological activities of small molecules. PubChem is organized as three linked databases within the NCBI's Entrez information retrieval system. These are PubChem Substance, PubChem Compound, and PubChem BioAssay. PubChem also provides a fast chemical structure similarity search tool. More information about using each component database may be found using the links in the homepage."

  • Google Scholar
    Google Scholar searches a subset of the Web that Google has classified as "scholarly literature". They do not publish a list of chosen sites, and they do not state how often sites are checked. Some important sources are not covered at all. Thus, Google Scholar alone should not be relied on for comprehensive research.
    By accessing Google Scholar via the UNB Libraries website, you benefit from technology that lets on-campus and off-campus users connect directly to full-text articles in journals to which UNB subscribes. Just click on the blue Title link in the Google result list.
    Off-campus users can also set Scholar Preferences to show the "Check for fulltext @ UNB" link in search results. See "Scholar Preferences" at the Google Scholar site.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.

Additional Resources

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
    The American Chemical Society promotes research and the advancement of knowledge in Chemistry and Chemistry-related fields. This resource provides us with access to approximately 46 journals.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • ChemSpider

    A free resource from the Royal Siciety of Chemistry.   It allows structure or keyword searching searching.  It will then link to articles from RSC journals or from Google Scholar.

  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
    The Directory of Open Access Journals provides access to over 1300 open access journals in an attempt "to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content."
    Access controls to fulltext varies by title and some may require personal registration.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • MSDS plus CHEMINFO
    The MSDS database gives access to the most up-to-date (approximately 120,000) Material Safety Data Sheets from 600 North American manufacturers and suppliers. The MSDSs are contributed by North American sources, many from multi-national companies which market chemical products world-wide. MSDS records contain information such as: chemical and physical properties, health hazards, first aid recommendations, personal protection,fire and reactivity data, spill and disposal procedures, and storage and handling. The database can be searched for product names and other product identification, manufacturer or supplier names, date of MSDS, or any term used in the text of the MSDS itself. CHEMINFO provides summarized occupational health and safety information on chemicals. Produced by CCOHS occupational health and safety specialists, each chemical profile uses non-technical language to describe potential workplace hazards and control measures including: a detailed evaluation of health, fire and reactivity hazards, recommendations on topics such as handling and storage personal protective equipment, accidental release, first aid, and hazard classifications for WHMIS, OSHA and the European Union (EU).
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • PubMed
    PubMed is the U.S. National Library of Medicine's (NLM®) database of biomedical citations and abstracts. It includes MEDLINE, which covers over 4,800 journals published in the United States and more than 70 other countries primarily from 1966 to the present.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
    Provides access to a variety of scholarly journals in chemistry and chemistry-related fields.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • RTECS (Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances)
    RTECS® contains critical toxicological information with citations to over 150,000 chemical substances from more than 2,500 sources, including: international journals, textbooks,technical reports, scientific proceedings and compendia. CCOHS has also added options to search for 400,000+ chemical names and synonyms plus the 120,000+ unique CAS numbers found in RTECS®.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.

Full-Text Journal Sources

Journal Abbreviations

Sometimes when working with journal articles and citations you will need to know either the full title for an abbreviation or having the full title, you will need to provide a recognized authoritative abbreviation.

Books and Reports

Searching for books at UNB Library ...

To search for print and e-books at UNB Libraries, use UNB WorldCat. UNB WorldCat identifies books held by UNB Libraries and beyond. UNB WorldCat has also added millions of articles that are searched along with entries for books. 

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Browse the library shelves for books in Chemistry:

QD 1-65 General Chemistry
QD 71-142 Analytical Chemistry
QD 146-197 Inorganic Chemistry
QD 241-441 Organic Chemistry
QD 415-436 Biochemistry
QD 450-801 Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
QD 625-655 Radiation Chemistry
QD 701-731 Photochemistry
QD 901-999 Crystallography

Searching for government documents ... 

For those government documents which are available online, try using Google Custom Search (follow the link below).

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Looking for more? Try the Government Resources by Jurisdiction link (once you are on the webpage, scroll down to see links to all resources), or contact the Government Documents staff for assistance. 

 

Searching for reports, departmental publications, etc. ...

Try the NEW Federal Science Library (FSL) information hub. The Federal Science Library (FSL) is a one-stop, self-serve portal where you can access library services and search the print collections and repositories of seven science-based departments and agencies from a single place. Wherever possible, departmental publications, reports, data sets, and other content are freely available for anyone to access or download.

Facts & Other Resources

Chemistry as a discipline relies a lot on facts like material properties, mathematical formulae, and chemical structures. The print and electronic resources listed below include selected reference materials (dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, guides, and standards) that will provide you with reliable sources of this information. You can also check out the UNB Libraries Guide to Research in Chemical Engineering for related resources. If you need additional reference materials, check out UNB WorldCat  or our Reference Materials database.

Key Resources

  • Chemistry : Foundations and Applications [SCI-REF QD4 .C48 2004 vols. 1-4]

    Designed for high school and beginning undergraduate students as well as popular readers, these well-organized, thoughtfully written volumes provide accessible entries on the people and processes of chemistry. Each entry includes cross referencing of names and terms, a list of bibliography and internet sources. Definitions of terms within each entry are provided in the margins, as are (less frequently) boxes with additional information and illustrations. For chemicals, elements, and their properties entries provide the history of discovery as well as description of its properties and uses. For elements the melting point, boiling point, density, and most common ions are listed. Many biographies are included among the entries, with care to include women chemists and physicists, as are concepts and applications that are found in everyday life. Among the latter are entries on global warming, food irradiation, gardening, glass, recycling, water quality, and various applications in medicine. Each volume includes a glossary and an index. Annotation #169;2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com) Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
    CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics is a ready-reference book of chemical and physical data. The print copy of CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics is the premier source not only of physical properties data but also of mathematical tables, sources of critical data, chemical nomenclature, symbols, and terminology. It has been published since 1913; and is updated and enhanced annually.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Merck Index
    see also [multiple print locations RS51 .M4 2013]

    For over 120 years The Merck Index has been regarded as the most authoritative and reliable source of information on chemicals, drugs and biologicals. Now this trusted resource is available online from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

    The Merck Index* Online offers the same highly authoritative information as the print edition in a convenient and easily searchable full text database. It contains over 11,500 monographs – including historic records not available in the print edition. The Merck Index* Online will be updated regularly with accurate information curated by experts.

  • Dictionary of chemistry, A
    "A Dictionary of Chemistry covers all the commonly encountered terms in chemistry, including physical chemistry and biochemistry. Clear and concise coverage of laboratory techniques, chemical engineering, and environmental matters, plus entries on such topics as buckminsterfullerene, fullerite, quasicrystal, oscillating reaction, and one-pot synthesis."
    5 simultaneous users.

Additional Resources

  • Dictionary of Organic Compounds [SCI-REF QD246 .D5 1982 vols. 1-5]

    The Formula Index and Name Index are separate volumes.

  • Dictionary of Organometallic Compounds [SCI-REF QD411 .D53 1984 vols. 1-3]
  • Encyclopedic Dictionary of Polymers
    Dealing with polymer terminology, this book contains more than 7,500 polymeric material terms, including the names of chemicals, processes, formulae, and analytical methods that are used frequently in the polymer and engineering fields. It also includes an appendix of biochemical and microbiological terms.
  • Hutchinson Trends in Science: Chemistry

    Overview of the development of chemistry in the 20th century.

  • Lange's Handbook of Chemistry
    see also [SCI-REF QD65 .H25 2005]

    Revered as the standard reference for chemists for more than 60 years, this new edition of Lange's brings chemistry professionals, students, and anyone interested in science an enormous compilation of facts, data, tabular material, and experimental findings in every area of chemistry. Included in this massive compendium are listings of the properties of approximately 4,000 organic and 1,400 inorganic compounds. The 15th Edition includes new material on separation methods and analytical chemistry; statistical methods; polymers; rubbers, fats, oils, and waxes; new inorganic compounds; IUPAC nomenclature of organic compounds; updated lists of physical and chemical symbols; definitions and abbreviations; new tables, charts, and illustrations; with SI units used throughout (conversion tables supplied). The American Technical Technologists' Events magaine said of the last edition of this book, "Bargains are rare in the publication arena but this book represents one ... it is just overflowing with useful information that is available at your beck and call." Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

  • MSDS plus CHEMINFO

    Safety measures for handling of chemicals and hazardous substances.

  • RxTx (formerly e-CPS and e-Therapeutics+)
    RxTx is an easily searchable tool that includes the electronic versions of the Canadian Pharmaceutical Association’s annual Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties and the content from their Therapeutic Choices. These resources provide a thorough and centralized overview of many drugs, drug therapy and clinical tools.
    4 simultaneous users.

Explore the Reference Universe

Reference Universe searches through article titles and back-of-the-book indexes from over 20,000 print and electronic reference works at UNB Libraries and beyond. Search results from Reference Universe will provide you with quick links to UNB WorldCat (to locate print materials on the shelf) and many of our online reference materials.

While there is a wealth of information freely available on the internet, not all sites are created equal. Careful evaluation is a critical part of doing research on the Internet.  Below are some recommended sites:

Periodic table sites 

Physical properties and spectra sites

Other Chemistry Related sites

Citing Your Sources

Accurate, properly formatted footnotes, reading lists, and bibliographies are hallmarks of good academic research. Through citing, you acknowledge the source of any ideas you mention in your writing, document the "pedigree" of your research, and provide the information your readers need to track down your sources.

Numerous citation styles exist, and each specifies what elements are required (title, author, journal name, etc.) and how the citation should be formatted. The standard citation style for Chemistry is ACS Style. Your instructor may require or recommend that you use another. Consult your course syllabus or check with your instructor to be sure of using the correct citation style for your assignment.

Zotero is a Web-based citation manager. It can help you manage your references and can produce bibliographies in hundreds of styles

Journal Abbreviation Sources

Theses and Dissertations

What is a thesis?

Thesis or dissertation is an original document submitted in support of candidature for an academic degree or professional qualification presenting the author's research and findings. (International Standard ISO 7144: Documentation-Presentation of theses and similar documents

In Canada and US thesis is a project that marks the end of a Master's (MSc) program, while the dissertation is produced at the end of a doctoral (Ph.D.) program. In some universities, however, dissertation and thesis are seen as the same thing. 

Finding a thesis and dissertation 

Canada

UNB

ProQuest UNB theses and UNB Scholar Research Repository  or UNB Theses & Dissertations Database  

Other Universities

Library and Archives Canada (Canada Theses Portal) 

 

UK

EThOS e-theses online 

this database claims to include all UK theses starting from the 1600s

 

France

Sudoc catalogue (Système Universitaire de Documentation)

 

Russia

Digital dissertation library (Электронная библиотека диссертаций

 

International 

use the following sites to browse theses and dissertations from around the world: 

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global 

PhDData (holds doctoral dissertations in progress around the world)

CRL (Center for Research Libraries)

Working on Assignments and Preparing Presentations

Guides to Scientific Writing and Presentations

It is sometimes difficult to know how to approach writing a scientific paper or how to go about preparing a presentation. The list of print and electronic resources accessible from Internet Resources for Scientific Writing may help you to get started.

Another helpful source which covers scientific communication more generally and oral presentations more specifically are provided via Nature Education's site, Scitable.

Concept map (or mind map) is a diagram that depicts suggested relationships between concepts. Concept (or mind ) mapping is a technique for visualizing these relationships. A number of programs are designed and freely available to help you build a concept map. Here are some examples:  

Cmap - free concept mapping software

MindMup - free online mind mapping tool

Presenting Research Project 

If you want to learn how to create a stunning poster take a look at this course Creating a Stunning Scientific Poster -- Best Practices. The course provides an introduction to basic principles of graphic design, and help you understand how these principles can guide the effective design of a scientific conference poster.  

If you are preparing an oral presentation and want to see some tips take look at this tool speaking.io 

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