• Your first stop for chemistry research (i.e. articles, structures, properties, and patents). You can search by chemical formula, name, ID, or structure - explained in the very useful tutorials, linked below. There is also a SciFinder Mobile page for smartphones. You must create an individual account before using SciFinder.


  • Any serious research project will benefit from a citation manager like RefWorks. It keeps your citations organized and in one place, so you can create a bibliography in seconds. Your RefWorks account is web-based, so you can access your citations from anywhere. You must create an individual account before using RefWorks
    • Go directly to RefWorks (use the "Sign up for a New Account" link and use your UPEI email address to create an account)
    • Set up RefWorks to use ACS Citation Style
    • Integrate Refworks with MS Word (Write-N-Cite) 
  • Unfortunately, SciFinder is not as RefWorks-friendly as other databases, and importing references into SciFinder involves exporting to a text file, then importing this text file into Refworks. See details below for the settings to use.

Key Reference Sources

Online Textbooks and Resources

Other Resources


  • use the library catalogue to find books


  • For basic undergraduate research, start with OneSearch. (Get Help with OneSearch)  
  • In SciFinder, articles are called "References". 

Need help?

  • For help with your chemistry research efforts, contact the Library's Service Desk (in person, using the AskUs tool on the Library website, by email, call 566-0583) or your Chemistry Subject Librarian, Rosie Le Faive.


Chemistry-Related Databases 

Title Description
Academic Search Complete A multi-disciplinary database which provides full text for more than 8,500 periodicals, including full text for over 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.
ACS Web Editions (American Chemical Society) The American Chemical Society is the leading publisher of peer-reviewed research journals in the chemical and related sciences, serving scientific communities worldwide through an unparalleled commitment to quality, reliability, and innovation.
ArXiv An electronic archive for research articles, including physics, math, computer science, nonlinear sciences, quantitative biology, and statistics.
Google Scholar (on-campus link)Google Scholar (off-campus use only)

Searches scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts, and articles. Note: only use the proxied link when you are off-campus. If you are on campus, go directly to Google Scholar as

GreenFile Covers all aspects of human impact to the environment, including global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture & renewable energy.
OneSearch (EBSCO EDS - Proxied)

OneSearch (EBSCO Discovery Service) searches most of Robertson Library's licensed content in a single search.



Royal Society of Chemistry Search The Royal Society of Chemistry's primary and review journals covering all branches of chemistry.
SAGE Premier Collection Full text of over 600 journals published by SAGE in the fields of Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, Technology, and Medicine.
ScienceDirect Provides full text to peer-reviewed journals from Elsevier Science, including a large number of journals in the life sciences.
SciFinder-n access (account needed)

SciFinder, produced by the Chemical Abstracts Service, is the major index of the chemical literature. It is searchable by chemical structure, chemical name, CAS Registry Number, molecular formula, chemical reaction, research topic, author name, company name, and CA abstract number or patent number.

You must create an individual account before using SciFinder.


Scopus provides broad indexing and citation coverage of academic journals, books and conference proceedings published worldwide. Delivering a comprehensive overview ofresearch output in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. Access the Elsevier Scopus guide for information about searching. 

Springer LINK Contains over 1,900 full text electronic journals from the areas of science, technology, medicine, engineering, environment, economics, and law.
Web of Science (Backfile)

Backfile thru December 2009 for Web of Science (WOS) Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) & Arts & Humanities Citation Index (AHCI)


Why just the backfile? See the Web of Science Subscription 2010.

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