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Databases for Chemistry Articles and Patents
These are the key databases that index the nanotechnology literature: journals as well as (in some cases) patents and conference proceedings. SciFinder and Web of Science are the best places to start for all chemical topics. Reaxys, Inspec, Compendex, and PubMed are also excellent databases depending on your area of focus.
Comprehensive index to the chemical literature and related sciences, including chemical engineering, materials science, & nanotechnology. Search 43 million article and patent references, CAS Registry (117 million substances, many include property data information and spectra) & CASREACT (91 million single and multi-step reactions, 14 million synthetic preparations). Search by topic, reaction, or chemical substance (Registry number, structure, substructure). More information about SciFinder, including registration instructions.
Web of Science
Often the best place to start your search for journal articles for science and engineering. Indexes 12,000+ journals in all subjects, with heavy emphasis in the sciences. For each record, you can view what the authors cited, who has since cited the article, and look for related articles based on common citations.
Chemical information database for 29+ million substances and 45+ million reactions. An essential complement to SciFinder for substance and reaction searching. Searchable by chemical names, numbers, structures, and by topic/keyword. Extensive source for physical property database, indexing 500 property fields, and each data point includes a journal article or patent reference.
Core index to the biomedical literature, indexing 5,500 journals in the biomedical/health sciences and related disciplines (including biochemistry, biomaterials, biomedical engineering, etc).
Covers journals and conference proceedings in engineering, including chemical engineering, materials science, environmental science and nanotechnology.
Indexes journals and conference proceedings in engineering and physics (including physical chemistry).
Academic Search Complete
Multidisciplinary database that indexes and abstracts articles in more than 10,900 journals, with full-text is available for over 5300 journals. Indexes popular and scholarly sources, but you can limit results to scholarly journals.
A better alternative to searching Google because it searches the scholarly literature rather than "everything." Very limited tools for refining searches, but you can go into the advanced search to limit a word or phrase be found in the title only. Indexes at the full text article level so it may identify articles not found in other databases.
How Do I Get the Article?
In most of our databases, you'll see this button next to each reference: . Clicking this button may open up the article automatically, or you will see options to get the article:
- Online, if available
- In print (linkout to Roger)
- Via interlibrary loan (Request) if we don't have the article.
The buttons don't appear in SciFinder, but "Link to Other Sources" in the record will connect you to UC-eLinks.
Recent UCSD Chemistry Publications
Recent articles from the Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry Faculty: