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These are the key databases that index the chemistry literature: journals as well as (in some cases) conference proceedings and patents. To get full-text articles (or request articles we don't have, via interlibrary loan), click the next to the article record (or "Link to Other Sources" in SciFinder).
Databases for Journal Articles
Web of Science
Indexes 18,000+ journals and 180,000 conference proceedings, heavily in the sciences and engineering. Easy interface for building and/or searches to include alternative keywords. Article records include cited and citing references, with related articles identified based on common citations. Good place to being your search.
Essential index to the chemical literature and related sciences, including chemical engineering, materials science, & nanotechnology. Search 52 million article and patent references, CAS Registry (161 million substances, many include property data information and spectra) & CASREACT (millions of single and multi-step reactions, including 126 million synthetic preparations). Search by topic, reaction, or chemical substance (Registry number, structure, substructure). More information about SciFinder, including registration instructions.
Chemical information database for 32+ million substances and 51+ million reactions. An essential complement to SciFinder for substance and reaction searching. Searchable by chemical names, CAS numbers, structures, reactions, substructures, and by topic/keyword. Extensive source for physical property data, indexing 500 property fields, and each data point includes a journal article or patent reference.
Core index to the biomedical literature, covering 5,500 journals in medicine and related sciences. Excellent for biochemistry and other bio- topics like bionano-, biomaterials, and biomedical engineering. Search results are "mapped" to the database's subject headings to retrieve additional articles, For these topics, you may also want to search Embase
Like Google, but focused on the scholarly literature. Under Settings, go to Library Links to activate UC-eLinks.
**Pros: Full-text article searching can retrieve articles that may not come up in the other databases, so good for interdisciplinary topics. Also indexes faster than the other databases, so you may get very recent articles. Can also view citing articles and related articles, set up search alerts, etc.
**Cons: Full-text article searching that brings up thousands of articles, with very limited tools to refine search results. Through the Advanced Search, you can exclude words, do some boolean "OR" searching, and limit results to articles where search terms are found in the article titles only.
Compendex + Inspec on Engineering Village
Single platform for cross searching the Compendex and Inspec engineering databases for articles, conference papers, and standards. Also covers physics, physical chemistry and chemical physics; materials science; chemical engineering; nanotechnology; environmental science; and other topics.
Academic Search Complete
Multidisciplinary database that indexes articles in more than 11,000 journals, with full-text available for over 5,300 journals. Indexes popular and scholarly sources, but you can limit results to scholarly journals.
Materials Science & Engineering Database
Database for materials science and engineering research, including metals, polymers, ceramics, composites, and biomaterials.
Databases for Patents
If you're looking for patents, try:
Recent UCSD Chemistry Publications
Recent articles from the Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry Faculty: