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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, PubMed, Compendex/Inspec are also excellent databases depending on your area of focus. Google Scholar may find articles not covered in the other databases because of the full text searching, but the other databases have stronger advanced searching/refining features.
Comprehensive index to the chemical literature and related sciences, including chemical engineering, materials science, & nanotechnology. Search 50 million article and patent references, CAS Registry (165 million substances, many include property data information and spectra) & CASREACT (millions of single and multi-step reactions, including 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).
Full text searching of the scholarly from thousands of publishers Very limited tools for refining searches, but can be helpful if used along with these other databases (which may also cover sources not in Google Scholar). You can go into the advanced search to limit a word or phrase be found in the title only.
Compendex + Inspec on Engineering Village
Single platform for cross searching the Compendex and Inspec engineering databases. 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.
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: