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Are you looking for chemical prices, or information about companies or industries? Here are some starting places, with more resources on our guide for chemical business information. Finding chemical pricing can be a challenge, and the information you're looking for may be a newspaper article or trade magazine.
When searching the larger news/newspaper databases, consider adding words like price, cost (or costs), profile, outlook, and/or economics if you need to refine your search results.
You also may have trouble locating very recent pricing in these sources. Chemical companies may provide pricing on their websites (or in databases like SciFinder-n), but it may be difficult to obtain bulk pricing without contacting companies for a quote.
Starting Places for Chemical Business Information
Business Source Complete
Key index to the business literature, with lots of full text. Includes trade publications, scholarly journals, magazines, and company and industry profiles. Similar to ABI/Inform Trade & Industry and Business Insights: Global.
ABI/Inform Trade & Industry
Indexes scholarly, popular, and trade business sources. Includes reports, news sources, and other in-depth coverage of companies, products, executives, global economies and industries, and trends.
- You can also search the Chemical Profiles published in ICIS Chemical Business through October 2020. Each issue includes a "chemical profile" of one of ~75 compounds in a particular region, usually US, Europe, or Asia.
Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis Academic)
Full text database for newspapers, trade journals, industry news, and company information. Includes ICIS Chemical Business and other chemical publications. Note: some of the articles are press releases announcing new market research reports that the library cannot access due to their very high costs.
- To search within, under Guided Search, select "A Publication," enter the chemical you want to search, and for publication enter "Chemical" to search ICIS Chemical Business, or a larger group of chemical publications.
U.S. Major Dailies
Full-text New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Chicago Tribune, 1980-present.
Gale Business Insights
Information about companies and industries, pulled from business and trade journals, academic journals, industry reports, market research and market share reports, newspapers, newsletters, and classic business resources.
Monthly trade publication for the chemical engineering industry. Includes the Chemical Engineering Plant Cost Index (CEPCI), a composite index assembled from four sub-indexes: Equipment; Construction Labor; Buildings; and Engineering & Supervision.
From the chemical substance (CAS Registry) record, you can find commercial suppliers, which you can customize to see preferred vendors first. Other information included: purity, stock status and shipping times. There may be some pricing, but more often there's a link back to the original supplier catalog where you can check prices. Suppliers that offer bulk quantities are indicated, but you usually have to request a quote for the pricing. First-time users will need to register for a SciFinder account
USGS Minerals Information
A wealth of economic information on minerals
, including historic data and mineral industry reports by country. Publications include: Mineral Commodity Summaries, Mineral Industry Surveys, Minerals Yearbook and Metal Industry Indicators, Nonmetallic Mineral Products Industry Indexes.
C&EN Global Enterprise / Chemical & Engineering News (ACS)
Professional magazine of the American Chemical Society, covering US and international chemistry news in industry, academia, and the government. Now available on the ACS Publications website as C&EN Global Enterprise, while access to the existing C&EN News
website now requires an ACS membership ID login/password.
Formerly known as the Thomas Register. Extensive database of supplier catalogs and products, including chemicals. Free to search, but some features require a registration.