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Chemistry: A Guide to Research Resources: Journals & Databases

Chemistry-related Databases at Otago

Article databases list and classify articles from scholarly publications, primarily peer-reviewed journals. Each database covers different publications, depending upon its subject matter and scope. Databases link through to the Library's e-journals collections to full-text articles wherever possible.

 Note: First-time users must register to use SciFinder-n (CAS).

Open-Access Databases

Assess your findings

Evaluating and thinking critically about sources of information are important skills to develop and apply while undertaking research.

Not all information is reliable and appropriate for academic work, and not all information is relevant to your particular topic.

You should challenge and reflect on information that you find; don’t just accept everything you read.

Assess sources, based on:
OROKOHANGA - ‘The Origins’: The source of the information
MANA - ‘The Authority’ of the information
WHAKAPAPA - ‘The Background’ of the information
MĀRAMATANGA - ‘The Content’ and usability of the
ARONGA - ‘The Lens’ or objectivity of the information

Tutorial link


Work through this tutorial to develop your skills in evaluating information that you find online:

SIFT - Evaluating Information Tutorial

Even though the library databases are good sources of information, we still need to evaluate that information before we decide to use it. You can do this by asking the following questions:

  • Is the information relevant to your topic?​
  • Who are the authors, are they experts in the field? Who do they work for? What else have they written?​
  • What evidence is given, what references are given, and what methodology is used?​
  • How is the study funded? Is there a bias?​
  • When was the information written, is it still relevant? Has it been updated or amended in light of new evidence?

Use the acronym BADURL to help you evaluate online sources:
B ... Bias
A ... Authority
D ... Date
U ... URL
R ... Relevance
L ... Links

Work through this tutorial to develop your skills in evaluating information that you find online:


Or apply these terms to assess if the information you have found answers your research question.






Download the TRAAP Test Questions

Research tools

If the article you need is not online...

Try these options:

Featured Chemistry Resource

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

Review Article Sources

Review articles provide an introduction to and overview of developments in a particular field. They summarise the current state of knowledge and identify articles which have had significant impact. 

Here are three journals that are excellent sources of review articles: