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Chemistry: A Guide to Research Resources: Home

About this guide

This Guide brings together important research resources for Chemistry. These include article databases & journals, major reference works, and other key sources.

Different types of resources are available via the navigation bar, above.

For help with finding chemistry research materials, please contact the Subject Librarian for Chemistry.

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What's New with SciFinder-n

April 2024

The following enhancements are included in the most recent CAS SciFinder® release. Please note that with the official retirement of the legacy CAS SciFinder platform earlier this year, our core solution, formerly known as CAS SciFindern, will be known as CAS SciFinder moving forward.

User interface improvements to reference details

The reference detail page in CAS SciFinder has been enhanced to provide you with greater clarity on CAS indexing in a result and to make more efficient use of screen space.

  • A table of contents is now displayed as both an overview of available content and a way to quickly navigate to your area of interest.
  • Bibliographic information is presented below the reference abstract and is closed by default but can be enabled to open by default with a sticky preference.

Additional enhancements

  • “For You” enhancements – AI logic has been updated, providing additional recommendations to more users.
  • Structure precision search – Search logic has been improved to increase query performance and provide the results that best meet your query.
  • CAS Lexicon search – The user interface has been improved to help guide you through the process of creating a query using the CAS Lexicon.

For a full overview of this month’s release, visit the “What’s New?” section of the CAS SciFindern

Library Postgraduate Sessions via Zoom - 2024, Semester 1

These Library Information Sessions are provided specifically for postgraduate students. All sessions will be held on a Tuesday at 10:30 via Zoom - check below for Semester 1 dates.  For more information and to register book now via this link 


9 April 10:30 - 11:30 Thesis Information For new thesis students:
covers preparation, copyright
compliance, submitting,
and depositing.
16 April 10:30 - 11:30 Introduction to Effective 
Search Strategies
Learn how to search recommended
databases for relevant
literature, and manage
your results.
23 April 10:30 - 12 Introduction to Research
Data Management
Make sense of the complexity
around data storage, description,
re-use and archiving. 
7 May 10:30 - 12 Introduction to Getting
Practical tips for postgraduates.
Learn how to develop a publishing
strategy and identify the right journals
for submission. 
21 May 10:30 - 11:30 Introduction to Researcher
Building online profiles to promote
your research, and yourself.
11 June 10:30 - 12 Introduction to Research
Impact & Metrics
Understand tools that explain
impact factors and ranking for
what to read, and where to publish. 

Subject Librarian / Kaitiaki Pukapuka

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Featured Chemistry Resource

Here is the free complete open-access version of the long-standing peer-reviewed journal, Organic Syntheses.