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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

The following enhancements are included in the most recent CAS SciFindern release.

View similar reactions from a search result

A single click within a reaction search result now allows you to easily explore similar reactions. Based on your preference, you can display results that vary in scope related to the specific reaction centre.

  • Broad results will retrieve reactions sharing only a reaction centre.
  • Medium results will display those that share a reaction centre and adjacent atoms.
  • Narrow results will show those that share a reaction centre and extended atoms and bonds.

Additional enhancements:

  • Evidence displayed in retrosynthesis — View critical evidence directly in a retrosynthesis plan to review conditions of each step.
  • Expanded substance experimental properties — Access additional properties, including transition temperatures, fluid properties, dissociation constants, and more.
  • Solvent information in experimental spectra — View solvent information directly in the spectra table display and understand those of interest.
  • Sort suppliers by price — Utilize pricing information when sorting a list of potential vendors.

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

Postgraduate Information Sessions and Workshops 2023

There are Library sessions and workshops provided specifically for Postgraduate students. For more information and to register book now for workshops via Zoom 

Information sessions on Wednesdays 10-11am (via Zoom

  • 26 Jul - Postgraduate Library Services An introduction to Library support, recommended resources and services.
  • 30 Aug - Effective Search Strategies - Learn how to search recommended databases for relevant literature, and manage your results
  • 27 Sep - Thesis Information – For new thesis students, about preparation, copyright compliance, submitting, and depositing.
  • 25 Oct - Researcher Profiles - Building an online profile to promote your research, and yourself.

Hands-on Workshops on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-11.30am (via Zoom)

  • 22 Aug EndNote for PC (Windows) - Use EndNote to store, group, edit and annotate references, and cite while you write
  • 24 AugEndNote for Mac - Use EndNote to store, group, edit and annotate references, and cite while you write
  • 26 Oct Research Data Management - Make sense of the complexity around data storage, description, re-use and archiving. 
  • 31 Oct Getting published - Practical tips for postgraduates. Learn how to develop a publishing strategy and identify the right journals for submission. 
  • 2 Nov 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.