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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.
Reaxys is your BEST BET for chemistry research. It is a powerful tool to search for substances, reactions, and articles. Search Reaxys by using keywords and phrases or drawing chemical structures and reactions as your search. If you can't access the full text of an article in Reaxys, submit an Interlibrary Loan request.
Gale's In Context: Science is an engaging online resource that provides contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics. Includes academic journals, experiments, news, biographies, and more.
PubMed comprises more than 24 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.*China: Limited Access.
Full-text subset of PubMed. This database is the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of journal literature, covering multiple topics in medicine, nursing, psychology, psychiatry, psycho-pharmacology and more. It contains over a half million full-text, peer-reviewed articles.
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 journalssuch 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.
Education Resource Information Center sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences and the U.S. Department of Education, ERIC contains more than 1.3 million scholarly journal articles as well as other education-related material.
The Journal of Chemical Education is the official journal of the Division of Chemical Education of the American Chemical Society and publishes peer-reviewed articles and related information as a resource to those in the field of chemical education. JCE typically addresses chemical content, activities, laboratory experiments, instructional methods, and pedagogies.
Britannica's consolidated search makes it easy to find the content you need. With a single search, choose from a variety of content types including: articles, high-quality images and videos, Merriam-Webster dictionary entries, EBSCO journals and periodicals, and primary source texts.
*Funded by the State Library of Kansas. To access this resource, you will need a Kansas Library eCard. To register for an eCard, visit the Learning Commons Desk at Forsyth Library, contact Crystal Hutchinson (phone: 785-628-4645; email: firstname.lastname@example.org) or register at any public library in the state of Kansas.
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:
Students, faculty and staff now have access to the full content of the NYT.com and NYT mobile apps. Activate your free pass and create an account by going to NYT Edupass. You must use your FHSU e-mail address to create an account. Accounts are active for 364 days. If your account has expired use the same NYT Edupass link and log-in at that page to reactivate your account.*China: Limited Access.
Proquest eBook Central is a highly interactive eBook database that covers all academic subject areas. The collection currently includes more than 186,000 titles from more than 280 of the world's leading academic, STM, and professional publishers.
If you would like to download and read titles on a mobile device, be sure to download the BlueFire Reader for iOS or Android. Find a tutorial here.
E-books on a range of topics. Search by keyword and use the filters along the side to narrow your search.
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.
Search by journal title (or broad discipline keywords such as "biochemistry") to find out the journals you can access electronically through Forsyth Library. Click on "online access" to view the journal in one of the library's database(s) and see the date ranges of issues available.
Browse chemistry subject journals in the Directory of Open Access Journals by using the sidebar filter "Subjects > Science > 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:
Mirroring the growth and direction of science for a century, the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, now in its 91st edition, continues to be the most accessed and respected scientific reference in the world, used by students and Nobel Laureates.
The Merck Index is a one-volume encyclopedia of chemicals, drugs and biologicals that contains more than 10,000 monographs. Each monograph in this authoritative reference source is a concise description of a single substance or a small group of closely related compounds.
Marvin suite is a chemically intelligent desktop toolkit built to help you draw, edit, publish, render, import and export your chemical structures and as well as allowing you to convert between various chemical and graphical file formats. It is free for individual, academic and non-commercial use.
ChemIDplus contains over 400,000 chemical records. More than 300,000 of those records include chemical structures. ChemIDplus is searchable by Name, Synonym, CAS Registry Number, Molecular Formula, Classification Code, Locator Code, Structure, and/or Physical properties.