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Introduction to Chemistry Research

Welcome to the chemistry research guide. This page will include online resources and some print resources for chemistry research. Please contact your librarian if you don't know where to start or have a specific information need.

Most chemists will go to 1 of 2 resources while investigating a topic: the journal literature or the patent literature. To get into the chemical literature most chemists will start with Chemical Abstracts. Students can now access Chemical Abstracts via SciFinder. Ask a librarian for help setting up a SciFinder account. The patent information is available from the U.S. Patent Office.

This page is broken down by the major divisions within chemistry. Use the tabs to the left to research your topic. The Journal of the American Chemical Society is one place to get ideas for a research topic.

American Chemical Society Molecule of the Week

Frequently Used Databases