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Scholarly resources for study and research in Chemistry and Biochemistry
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As your Chemistry and Biochemistry librarian, I communicate, consult and collaborate with students and faculty; instruct classes, and provide one-on-one research assistance in person, by phone, e-mail & iMasonLibraries. In addition, I select books, journals, multimedia, online sources and other scholarly materials for the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department.

Need help? Just ask -- I look forward to working with you!

Margaret Lam, Liaison Librarian, George Mason University Libraries


New Database: Science of Synthesis

Science of Synthesis 

Science of Synthesis now provides some 28,000 generally applicable synthetic methods with more than 250,000 reactions for over 2,700 different kinds of organic compounds. The Electronic Backfile (1909 to 2003) provides immediate access to 146 000 product specific experimental procedures, 580 000 structures, and 700 000 references in all fields of synthetic organic chemistry - dating back to the early 1800s.

Core Chemistry Databases

The core database in Chemistry is SciFinder which provides access to Chemical Abstracts online. For additional in-depth and specialized research in Chemistry try searching some of these other highly recommended Chemistry databases from the Libraries' Database Portal page:

  • SciFinder (Web version)  
    Please note: New users are required to register with SciFinder in order to enable basic functionality on the platform. Please REGISTER HERE.
    On-Campus Visitors: Please go to the Reference Desk for guest access.

    Search the full run of Chemical Abstracts, including sub-structure searching. Can also search by drawing chemical structures/reactions.
  • Reaxys
    This resource merges three databases (CrossFire Beilstein, CrossFire Gmelin, and Patent Chemistry Database) into one interface.
    This resource has extensive coverage of quality, authoritative information in organic, inorganic and organometalic chemistry. Expert chemists carefully select journals and patents so that only high-quality, experimental data are included in Reaxys.
  • ACS (American Chemical Society) Publications Database
    Contains the full-text of the ACS journals from current to past issues. Also includes the Legacy Archives with full-text coverage for some journals back to 1879.
  • Web of Science - Science Citation Index
    A multidisciplinary database service with authoritative, multidisciplinary coverage from nearly 9,300 of the highest impact journals worldwide, including Open Access journals. Includes also the Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities Citation Indexes.
  • ScienceDirect from Elsevier
    Provides online access (searching and browsing) to over 1600 journals published by Elsevier and its partners. Journals articles are available for most disciplines including Chemistry and Biochemistry.
  • SpringerLink
    Provides online access (searching and browsing) to over 480 journals and two book series (Lecture Notes in Computer Science and Topics in Current Chemistry) published by Springer and its partners. Also includes Chemistry journals.
  • SpringerMaterials
    SpringerMaterials is based on the Landolt-Börnstein New Series, the fully evaluated data collection in all areas of physical sciences and engineering. SpringerMaterials also comprises the Dortmund Data Bank Software & Separation Technology, a Database on Thermophysical Properties and the Linus Pauling Files, a Database on Inorganic Solid Phases and chemical safety data.
    Access to information in all areas of toxicology, including chemicals and pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and environmental pollutants.
  • Toxic Release Inventory (TRI from the EPA)
    The TRI program from the EPA includes the TRI Explorer database, Envirofacts database, and the NLM TRI Database Toxnet. These databases contain information on toxic chemical releases and waste management activities. Links to the TRI Chemical List.

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