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Chemistry Subject Guide

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

Additional Main Databases

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

Scifinder-n Scholar

You can also find articles in Scifinder Scholar. It also includes reference information for substances, including chemical properties. Both of these skills will be used in future experiments.

Before using Scifinder, please register here.


  • In reference search, focus on specific document types more likely to be primary sources. On the search results page, select clinical trialconferencejournal, and report from the left-hand tool bar.
    • Note: Select each limiter (i.e. clinical trial or conference) one at a time and wait for the results to reload before choosing another limiter.
  • On the search results page, the Sort by options can be helpful. Select Publication Year: Newest to get the most recent articles at the top of the list. Select Times Cited to get the most cited articles at the top of the list.
  • Read the abstract for descriptions that indicate the article is a primary source.
  • SciFinder-n Scholar is not a full-text database. It does not include article PDFs. Use the Full Text button to help find full text. See below in another box for more information.