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Research Guides


A guide to resources and tools for chemistry research. For information on the A.D. Allen Chemistry Library spaces and services, please visit

Key Databases for Chemistry

These databases are the key ones for searching for chemistry information. Scifinder and Reaxys allow searches not only using words but also by drawing a chemical structure or entering a molecular formula. Web of Science and Scopus cannot do the latter but they are more multidisciplinary for a broader topic search. Web of Science and Scopus also allow you to do citation searches (see who cited an interesting article) and can calculate an H-index for a topic or author.

Science of Synthesis (SynOne) is a comprehensive overview of the literature of organic synthesis reactions.