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Chemistry Subject Guide

This guide will help you get started with basic research on chemistry.

Main Databases

These databases are a good starting place to access articles on chemistry.


  • First, you must register for an account here.
  • Focus on specific document types more likely to be primary sources. Under the search box, open the Advanced Search options, then select clinical trialconferencejournal, and report.
  • On the search results page, the Sort by options can be helpful. Select Publication Year to get the most recent articles at the top of the list. Select Citing References to get the most cited articles at the top of the list.
  • The Sort by options can only be used if you have fewer than 20,000 search results. If the Sort by options are grayed out, use the Refine options to focus your search until you have fewer results. Try refining by Language and Publication Year.
  • Click an article title to read the complete abstract. Look for descriptions that indicate the article is a primary source.
  • SciFinder Scholar is not a full-text database. It does not include article PDFs. Use the Other Sources links on the research results page or the Link to Other Sources button on the reference details page to help find full text. See below in another box for more information.