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Chemistry: Where to Start

Starting places...

For topics in Chemistry...

If you're looking for an overview or background information with suggestions for further reading

try browsing current issues of Chemistry journals such as Chemical Reviews, Journal of Organic Chemistry, or Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS). Alternatively, search Annual Reviews, which offers timely reviews of important topics in this subject area.

If you're looking for books or ebooks
search the Library Catalog.
If you're looking for journal articles

start with ACS Publications or Web of Science (All Databases)

If you're wanting to search for chemical structures, substances, etc.
start with SciFinder or ChemSpider.
If you have a citation and need to find the full article

use Citation Search to search across all full text resources and if needed place an ILLiad request.

If you want to perform citation searching

use the Web of Science to perform citation searching.  See video tutorial.

If you have questions, or need help
email Professor Oberg


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SciFinder Scholar

A key resource for chemistry is SciFinder Scholar, used to search for chemical substances, reactions, patents and references. SciFinder is the interface to CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) databases. First time Wheaton users need to register. Email for instructions on how to create a login.