Chemistry & Biochemistry

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Online Encyclopedias

  • Chemistry: Foundations and Applications (Gale Reference Library)
    Provides a broad approach to chemistry, its laws, processes, applications and subdisciplines, and its many branches, including inorganic, industrial, atmospheric and computational chemistry as well as biotechnology, including biographies of scientists past and present.
  • Science Online
    Basic information on general chemistry, the elements, organic and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, geochemistry, materials science, measurement and medicinal chemistry. Includes diagrams, data tables, biographies, videos and animations. (Facts on File)
  • Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
    This work considers both the professional ethics of science and technology, and the ethical and political issues raised by science and technology in an increasingly complex and global society.

Key Databases

  • OmniFile Full Text Mega
    Multidisciplinary database provides full-text to articles back to 1994 and indexing to articles back to 1984. Subjects include biology, chemistry, genetics, microbiology, physics, etc. Some full text included; that which is not may be available through other sources.
  • Science Direct
    Nearly 400 full text, peer-reviewed journals for chemistry, physics, materials science, biochemistry, molecular biology, astronomy, and chemical engineering.

Other Relevant Databases

  • Academic Search Premier
    Multidisciplinary database with over 600 chemistry-related periodicals, most peer-reviewed, some full text.
  • PNAS: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
    Highly-regarded, peer-reviewed weekly journal covering all scientific disciplines. Full text access is available online from 1915 - Present.
    Search 50+ journals related to chemistry. Full text not included but may be available through other sources.
  • MEDLINE (PubMed)
    Search nearly 17 million records covering medical literature from 1948-Present. Limited full text. Also available from Ebsco.
  • SpringerOpen (formerly Chemistry Central)
    Repository of open access, peer-reviewed chemistry research.
  • PubChem
    Includes 3 databases: PubChem Substance, PubChem Compound, and PubChem BioAssay.
  • ABC Chemistry
    Free full text journals in chemistry.
  • ArXiv E-Print Archive
    Open access repository for papers in physics, mathematics, non-linear science, computer science, quantitative biology and statistics.
  • Clase and Periodica
    Periodica indexes journals published in Latin America that specialize in science and technology, including chemistry, physics, biology, and geosciences. Citations are from documents published in Spanish, Portuguese, French and English. Full text not included, but may be available through other sources.
  • BioMed Central
    Open access collection of 200 full-text, peer-reviewed journals with coverage of the biological and medical sciences. Free registration required for searching.
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global: Science & Technology
    Over 750,000 downloadable full text dissertations and theses, covering a wide range of graduate research topics, including chemistry.
  • Chemical Abstracts
    For Chemistry/Biochemistry Majors Only. Search citations and abstracts from approximately 8,000 publications, including journal articles, books, reports, conference proceedings, and dissertations. Available via STN Easy after 5pm. See Chemistry Department for access.

Citing Sources

  • ACS Style Guide Ch. 14
    The ACS Style Guide, 3rd Ed. (REF 808.06654 A187)
  • APA Style Guide
  • Zotero
    A citation generator and management tool, Zotero can help you keep all of your citation information together and generate a bibliography for you.


Chemistry/biochemistry books have call numbers in the 540-549 range. Reference books are on the main floor in the Reference Room. All other books are located on the upper level, left side.