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Chemistry Research Guide

Core Resources

Note: Restricted to academic research by Princeton University faculty and students. PU users must register for a personal SF Web account.
Comprehensive coverage of all aspects of chemistry. Combines several Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) databases:
Detailed index covering organic and inorganic chemistry. Includes patents. Provides access to chemical reactions and physical, chemical and bioactivity data
Detailed index of inorganic and organometallic chemistry. Fully searchable by structures, substructures, and reactions.
Considers and critically reviews methods from journals, books, and patent literature and presents important synthetic methods for all classes of organic compounds. Web version covers former Houben-Weyl treatise (1952-2003) and its continuation title, Science of Synthesis (2001+). Critically reviews chemical reaction literature with emphasis on functional group conversions.
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Offers access to the KnowItAll U reference collection of over 1.3 million spectra including structures and chemical property information; includes IR, UV/Vis, NMR, Raman and mass spectra.

Important Resources

Includes The McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology 10th edition, McGraw-Hill Yearbooks of Science & Technology, McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, and the Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientific Biography.
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Repository for small molecule crystal structures compiled by Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre. Consists of the space group symmetry of the crystalline phase, its cell parameters, the relative atomic coordinates of all the atoms in the cell in 3D
Collection of electronic handbooks and monographs on applied chemistry; covering nanoscience and natural product chemistry to separation methods and surfactant science.
Consists of several chemical data handbooks from Chapman & Hall/CRC.
Comprehensive source of information on chemical research and researchers at universities in the United States and Canada.
Chemicals manufactured in the US indexed by company, plant location, chemical name, product group. Also published biennially in print.
Systematic and exhaustive coverage of reagents used in organic synthesis
Multi-volume encyclopedia covering applied chemistry and chemical engineering. Previous editions are also valuable as reference.
Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (CRC)  (2011-2012, 92nd ed.)  
Wide coverage of data on properties of inorganic and organic compounds.
ICSD Web  (1913+)  
Comprehensive database of inorganic crystal structures. Contains records for elements, and binary, ternary, quaternary and quintenary compounds. Over 70% have been assigned a structure type, and the remainder are prototypes. Detailed searching forms for chemistry, symmetry, structure type, etc. are available, as well as analysis of large, complex data sets.
INSPEC  (1896+)  
Major bibliographic database concentrating on physics, electrical and electronic engineering, information technology, computer and control systems, and manufacturing, production engineering, and information technology.
Group II includes structure and molecular constants, acoustical and optical properties, magnetic properties and reaction kinetics
Group III includes crystallography, structure and morphology of organics and inorganics, phase and surface data, electronic, magnetic, optical and electrical properties, atomic defects, and spectroscopic methods
Group IV includes densities of liquid systems, diffusion in gases, liquids and electrolytes, surface tension, viscosity and dielectic constants of pure and binary liquid systems, elecrochemistry, and multiple thermodynamic properties or pure organic/inorganic compounds, mixtures, gases, alloys and microporous structures, e.g. zeolites
Medline (PubMed)  (1879+)  
Service of the National Library of Medicine, includes citations for biomedical articles.
Merck Index  (current)  
Handbook contains 11,000 short entries describing significant chemicals, drugs, and biological substances.
Provides chemical and physical property data for chemical species through the internet.
Scopus  (1996+)  
Note: Princeton's Institutional ID (needed for Papers software): 51401.
International coverage of journal articles, selected web sites, and patents in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities; provides citation tracking for 1996+
SPIE Digital Library  (1990+)  
Extensive resource of information on optics and photonics, providing full-text access to technical papers from SPIE Journals and Conference Proceedings.
Web of Science (ISI)  (Sciences (1900+), Social Sciences (1898+), and Arts and Humanities (1975+).)  
Multidisciplinary index to journal literature in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Offers the option to find cited references, which are the authors lists of articles used in their research.

Related Resources

Comprehensive source of information on chemical research and researchers at universities in the United States and Canada.
General science and technology articles from English-language periodicals published in the United States and elsewhere; non-English language articles are included if English abstracts are provided.
With more than 13,000,000 records from publications in over 90 countries, Biosis Previews is the most comprehensive index of journals, meetings, conferences, and symposia in the life sciences. Although this is not a full-text article database, our PULinks system conveniently links you to the full-text
Note: Restricted to academic research by Princeton University faculty and students. No longer updated by the vendor as of May 2012.
Contains data on coal-fired power stations throughout the world, including coal quality (heating value, sulphur and ash content), boiler type, and manufacturer. Also includes data on installations for flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) for SO2 control, primary measures and flue gas treatment for NOx emissions reduction. Export or download of data from the coalpower database is not permitted. Data can only be viewed in its pre-assigned form.
Extensive bibliographic database of engineering research. Indexes journal papers and conference proceedings. The broad subject areas of engineering and applied science are comprehensively represented.
Access to citations and abstracts for every title in the Dissertation Abstracts database. Dissertations written from 1997 forward are available full text. The database includes citations to dissertations from 1861 to those accepted last semester. Citations for dissertations and master's theses published from 1980 forward have abstracts.
Bibliographic records for publicly available energy and energy-related literature in the disciplines of chemistry, physics, materials, environmental science, geology, engineering, mathematics, climatology, oceanography, and computer science from the Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies, the Energy Research & Development Administration (ERDA) and the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC).
JCR Web  (1999+)  
Science & Social Science Editions.
Collection of the latest leading technical and engineering reference books.
NTIS  (1964+)  
Source for accessing unclassified reports from U.S. and international government agencies. Provides access to over two million critical citations from government departments such as NASA, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Defense.
Patents, many in full text, from many issuing agencies are available free on the web.
Chemicals manufactured in the US indexed by company, plant location, chemical name, product group. Also published biennially in print.
Toxicology Abstracts  (1981+)  
One of the 12 subfiles of Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management and separately searchable. Indexes toxicological studies of industrial and agricultural chemicals; food, additives and contaminants; household products; pharmaceuticals; polycyclic hydrocarbons; nitrosamines. Toxicity testing methodology and analytical procedures for toxic substances.
TOXLINE  (1965+)  
Bibliographic records from a number of sources dealing with toxicology. Most of the records are from MEDLINE, but a number are from BIOSIS Previews and International Pharmaceutical Abstracts.
Note: AlternaTIFF viewing software (available from the USPTO site) is needed to view patent images.

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