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Chemistry: Quick Start

This is a guide to resources when doing Chemistry research. It provides tutorials for Reaxys, links to other chemistry databases and resources, and ACS citation information.

Search the Library Catalog

Get started with a quick search of the catalog and multiple databases.
Search for magazine, newspaper, and scholarly journal articles.
Search Digital Archives to find digitized photos, FHSU theses, yearbooks, and more.
Search Books & More to find books & e-books, print & e-journals, DVDs, CDs, government documents, & more.

Databases for Chemistry

Recommended Chemistry Databases

The databases below are databases specific to the field of chemistry. They feature resources and have special tools and features specific to finding chemistry research.

General Science Databases

The databases below are some of the general science databases that may be helpful when researching broad chemistry topics or topics that are interdisciplinary within other science fields.

Physics Databases

The database below is mainly for physics but it may be helpful when researching chemistry topics.

Biochemistry Databases

The databases below are some of the nursing and health science databases that may be helpful when researching biochemistry and pre-med topics.

Education Databases

For those interested in teaching Chemistry or are a part of the Teacher Education program, the education databases below are a good place to start your research for concepts in science education. While these are education databases, they include scholarly journals such as the International Journal of Science Education and the Journal of Chemistry Education, among others.

TIP: Search ALL of three databases at once by clicking "Choose Databases" at the top and check the box for "Education Full Text" and "ERIC (via EbscoHost)" and "Education Source" and click OK to integrate all of the results in one search.

Chemistry Education Journals

Below are a few specific journals relating to teaching chemistry:

Databases for Background Research

Sometimes you need to learn more about your research topic. The databases below will provide some background information from scholarly encyclopedias:

Databases for Popular Magazine or Newspapers

Sometimes you need to learn more about your research topic or find a popular source (like a magazine or newspaper article) that references a scientific or peer-reviewed journal. The databases below provide some resources for finding popular newspapers or magazines articles that discuss and reference scientific research:

Drawing Chemical Structures

Drawing Chemical Structures

Finding Chemistry Books

Finding E-books and E-book Chapters

Use the links below to search for e-books and e-book chapters relating to topics in chemistry.

Finding Physical Books in the Catalog and on the Shelves

To search for a physical book in the library catalog, change the "search scope" to select "books and more" then search using keywords and use the sidebar filter to "Show Only > Available in the Library" and "Resource Type > Books".

When you find a book you're interested in, you can either sign into the catalog with your TigerNetID to place a hold and have the book ready for you to pick up at the Learning Commons Desk, or you can use the call number listed in the catalog to go find the book on the shelves.

If you would like to browse for books, look in the QD call number areas in the General Collection on the 2nd floor:

Call Number Range Chemistry Topic
QD 1-23.3 General Chemistry
QD 23.3-26.5 Alchemy
QD 71-142 Analytical Chemistry
QD 146-197 Inorganic Chemistry
QD 241-414 Organic Chemistry
QD 415-436 Biochemistry
QD 450-731 Physical & Theoretical Chemistry
QD 900-999 Crystallography

Finding Chemistry Journals

Finding Electronic Access to Chemistry Journals 

Use the links below to search for electronic scholarly journals in the field of chemistry.

Finding Chemistry Journals in Print

Print journals (or periodicals) are located on the Lower Level of Forsyth Library in the compact shelving. Search by journal title in the library catalog and use the sidebar filter to "Show Only > Available in the Library" and "Resource Type > Journals". For best results, put the journal title in quotation marks.

When you find a journal you're interested in, click the title to view the available format(s), location(s), years/issues available, and call number. Use hte location and call number listed in the catalog to go find the bound periodical on the shelves. Several journals are also available using microfilm, which require you to use the microfilm machines to view the contents.

Some of the most requested print journals in chemistry are listed below:

Journal Title Call Number
American Chemical Society JI QD 1 .A5
Angewandte Chemie QD 1 .A67
Chemical Society Reviews QD 1 .C624
Helvetica Chimica Acta QD 1 .C624
JI of Physical Chemistry QD 1 .J85
JI of Physical Chemistry A QD 1 .J851
JI of Physical Chemistry B QD 1 .J852
JI of Chemical Education QD 1 .J93
Analytical Letters QD 71 .A53
European JI of Inorganic Chemistry QD 146 .E97
JI of Organic Chemistry QD 241 . J6
JI of Chromatographic Science QD 271 .J66
JI of Hetrocyclic Chemistry QD 400 .J6
JI of Chemical Thermodynamics QD 501 .J78

Chemistry Reference Books

Presentation Slides

Fall 2023 - CHEM 675

Poll Everywhere: Live Responses

In-Class Responses

Poll Everywhere

Science Literacy Activities

Tracing Popular to Scholarly Sources Activity

Popular & Scholarly Sources: A

Popular & Scholarly Sources: B

Popular & Scholarly Sources: C


Primary and Secondary Research Activity

Primary v. Secondary Research


Citation Activity

ACS Citations (short)

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