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Chemistry: Find Chemical Literature

Guide for Chemistry resources at University of Akron

UA Chemistry Links

ACS Publications

Finding Articles

If you need to find articles on a TOPIC or SUBJECT, use one of our databases. Databases collect article references from many sources so you can search broadly.

If you have a reference and you want to FIND AN EXACT ARTICLE, use the A-to-Z journal list. Search for the journal title and follow the links to the full text.

Alternately, you can use Google Scholar, which is pretty good at locating EXACT article titles.

Finding Books

Use the library catalog to find books at The University of Akron. If our library doesn't have a title, click on the "OhioLink" button. Ohiolink search button image

If there is a copy in OhioLink, have it sent to Akron by clicking the green "Request" button.  Request Item Button

If the book is not at Akron or in OhioLink, try Interlibrary Loan.

Search Using Structure

There are other databases that use structure search, but SciFinder and Reaxys link the structure search to the chemical literature.

Searching by Topic, Author, or Keyword

Important Reference Works

Use encyclopedias and other general references to get a topical overview before diving into the specific journal literature. Ullmann's and Kirk-Othmer both offer substantial non-engineering content.