Chemical information primarily from Chemical Abstracts, CAS registry, and Medline. Excellent search tool for finding chemical information from journals, patents, conference proceedings, and technical reports. You will need to register if you do not have an account.
Database of scholarly, patent, and trade information about polymers (formerly Rapra Abstracts). Use to search for legal, business, and trade polymer information or to supplement a scholarly polymer search.
Contains experimentally validated substance information from the chemical literature and patents. Especially strong for finding reactions and property data of organic, inorganic, and organometallic substances. Has information formerly in Beilstein and Gmelin Handbooks.
Link to the ACS Polymer Division Conference Proceedings through 2012.
Use encyclopedias and other general references to get a topical overview before diving into the specific journal literature. Ullmann's and Kirk-Othmer are outstanding resources for learning about chemical processes.