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Chemistry Databases

Citation Mining

Chemistry Meets the Internet

Communicating Science

Chemistry Databases (CHEM 482)

Database Name Tutorial Description
SciFinder Scholar SciFinder Tutorials from CAS Indexes and abstracts journal articles in chemistry. SciFinder Scholar provides access to Chemical Abstracts database plus MEDLINE. The web version is available both on and off-campus. Substructure searching allows wildcard searching of chemical structures. This is the premier database for chemists. Available at JMU.
Scopus Quick Start Guide (.pdf) Indexing, abstracts, and citation searching for science and social science scholarly literature. Scopus covers 16,000 titles across 4,000 publishers, providing access to over 30 million records from 1966 and cited reference searching from 1996. Available at JMU.
CSD Help Files Cambridge Structural Database (aka CSD) contains bibliographic, chemical and crystallographic information for organic molecules and metal-organic molecules. JMU has access to the CSD database in Phys/Chem Room 3M04.
PDF  Tutorials Powder Diffraction Files is a database of power diffraction data for organic and inorganic crystalline materials. JMU has access to the PDF-2 database on the x-ray computer located in Phys/Chem Room 3M04.
Protein Databank Help Files The PDB archive contains information about experimentally-determined structures of proteins, nucleic acids, and complex assemblies. The RCSB PDB also provides a variety of tools and resources. Users can perform simple and advanced searches based on annotations relating to sequence, structure and function. Freely available online.
PubMed tutorial A biomedical and health database developed at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) that provides access and searching of MEDLINE. Freely available online.
ICSD   Inorganic Crystal Structure Database provides structures and related citations for inorganic crystal structures. No access at JMU.
Gmelin Handbook of Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry Background info on Gmelin No access at JMU. The Gmelin Handbook of Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry is the most extensive printed compilation of information and data on chemical elements and their compounds and alloys.
Beilsteins Handbuch der organischen Chemie Background info on Beilstein No access at JMU. Beilsteins Handbuch der organischen Chemie is a compilation of checked information on carbon compounds. The Beilstein database (on Reaxys), is not an exact duplication of the Handbook. Pertinent data and references were extracted from the printed handbook up to 1959 to create the database.

Help Files


Spectral Database for Organic Compounds. It contains all kinds of spectra for organic compounds including electron impact MS, FT-IR, NMR (both 1H and 13C), ESR, and Raman. It is a free resource.
Advanced Resources (CHEM 336L & 438L)
NIST webbook Guide  
CRC Help contents are in the left column tab next to Table of Contents The CRC contains property information. It also contains detailed information for quick reference look up including half-life of radioactive material, conversion tables, kintetic data, vapor pressure, bond lengths, wavelengths, etc.
Lange's Handbook (ebook format) Tutorial Includes general data, figures, and tables on information broken down into 4 sections of chemistry: Inorganic, Organic, Spectroscopy, and General Information and Converstion Tables. The handbook is designed to provide useful information in an easy to use format.
e-EROS (Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis)

e-EROS contains a database of more than 70,000 reactions and more than 4000 of the most frequently consulted reagents and catalysts, and is fully searchable by structure and substructure, reagent, reaction type and experimental conditions etc.  e-EROS covers reagents used in organic synthesis. You can browse the list of reagents, search by chemical structure, or search within the title.

Other types of Literature    
Patents   A patent is a grant of property rights to an inventor by a government. The inventor gets the exclusive right to use or manufacture an invention for monetary gain or to exclude others from making, using, or selling the invention in the country (or countries) whose government(s) issued the patent(s). Many patents are indexed in SciFinder Scholar.
Technical Reports   Technical Reports are typically produced by governmental agencies.
Standards   Standards are more common in Engineering than in Chemistry but they detail common conditions, rules, or processes/production methods. Standard issuing agencies include: IEEE, IEE, ANSI, ASTM, ISO or NIST, among others.

Citation Mining

   (CHEM 481 & 482)

tutorials for Scopus

Cited Reference Tutorial

Indexing, abstracts, and citation searching for science and social science scholarly literature. Scopus covers 16,000 titles across 4,000 publishers, providing access to over 30 million records from 1966 and cited reference searching from 1996.
Web of Science   No access at JMU: It provides access to multiple databases, cross-disciplinary research, and in-depth exploration of specialized subfields within an academic or scientific discipline. Moreover, as a citation index, any cited paper will lead to any other literature (book, academic journal, proceedings, etc.) which currently, or in the past, cites this work.

RefWorks- Advanced

Tutorials Use RefWorks to quickly cite sources. You can also integrate it with Microsoft Word through Write-N-Cite.


Chemistry Meets the Internet

When to use Google Tutorial

Data Management and Staying up to date with the Literature

Data Management Web Page

Chemical Forums-  a blog containing topics of interest to chemists.

RSS feeds of interest ?

New York Times - Science

JACS Research in C&EN

C&EN RSS list

JACS RSS widget and Google Gadget

RSC Feeds


Chemistry Podcast from Nature

Chemistry World Podcast from RSC

NPR: On Science Podcast

NPR: Climate Connections Podcast

NPR: Environment Podcast

Alumni Resources -

Mobile Resources -

ACS Mobile

Download this app for your iPhone or iPod Touch and access American Chemical Society ASAP journal articles, personalized research folders, and more!  *Note: this app costs $2.99 to download. mobile app for iPhone

Access science news stories and the latest published research from Nature Publishing Group on your iPhone, iTouch, or iPad.  You will need to register for a free account once the app is downloaded to your mobile device.  *Note: all content is free for the first month after registration.  After the first month, users are only able to access abstracts and full text news articles; full text journal articles are unavailable without personal subscriptions.

PubMed On Tap 3rd party

PubMed On Tap is an application for your iPhone or iPod Touch that lets you search PubMed while on the go.  *Note: this app costs $2.99 to download.

SciFinder Scholar

SciFinder Scholar offers a mobile site for on the go research; works on any mobile device with a web browser.  Just navigate to on your mobile device to search research topics, substance identifiers, authors, and companies.  You can also create alerts and save answers.  Note!  You must have a SciFinder Scholar user account through JMU.  To register for an account, click here and follow the instructions.

Scopus Alerts

Use Scopus Alerts mobile app for iPhone, iTouch, or iPad to find articles, create alerts, make notes, and share links instantly; available for free through the iTunes App Store.

**Now available as an Android app!  Click here to download from the Andriod Market.


ScienceDirect for iPhone, iTouch, or iPad lets you look up and read a paper, share or save for later, or just explore what’s out there anytime you get a bright idea. Download for free through the iTunes App Store.

**Now available as an Android app!  Click here to download from the Android Market.

 Communicating Science   

Science Writing Aids- Chapter on wikibooks of tips on writing


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