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Chemistry and Biochemistry: Chemistry and Biochemistry

Information resources for Chemistry or Biochemistry research and study.

Start Here / Best Databases

  • Google Scholar - Scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources.
  • SciFinder - Comprehensive index to chemistry information and literature.
  • Web of Science - Multidisciplinary index.

NOTE: The above databases will also be duplicated in the sections on databases and books.

Other Relevant Databases

For an overview of the Cycle of Scientific Communication click here: Scientific Communication.

For an outline of a Comprehensive Science Literature Review click here: Science Literature Review.

For tips on improving database search results click here: Improving Database Search Results.


Suggested databases:


Search specialized magazines and journals when looking for articles on your research topic. Some of the browsing examples to look at are: Analytical Chemistry; Biochemistry; Chemical Reviews; Chemical Society Reviews; Inorganic Chemistry; Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry; Journal of Medicinal Chemistry; Journal of Natural Products; Nature Chemistry; Organometallics; Surface Science Reports.


To Browse Titles or Journals by Subject, click here: Mansfield Library Journals.


Browse or Search Ejournal Packages (NOTE: Some allow keyword searching of article fulltext):

For an explanation of Popular vs. Scholarly (magazines versus research journals) click here: Popular vs. Scholarly.

For an explanation of Peer Review click here: Peer Review in 5 Minutes.

For an overview of placing article alerts click here: Article Alerts.

To evaluate, compare, and rank journals using citation data click on: Journal Citation Reports or on Eigenfactor.

To find full journal titles from abbreviations, especially older titles, use CAS Source Index.

Book Catalogs

Book catalog resources:

  • The University of Montana Catalog - All time periods: Books, Media, Government Documents, etc.
  • WorldCat - All time periods; Library Union Catalog; Books, Media, Government Documents, etc.
  • Google Book Search - Snippet and full-text views of books as they are scanned by the Google Book Project.k

For search hints, take a look at: UM Catalog Help.

Main Dewey Decimal call numbers for browsing Chemistry materials in the Mansfield Library book stacks or library catalog:

540 Chemistry & allied sciences

  • 541 Physical & theoretical chemistry
  • 542 Techniques, equipment, materials
  • 543 Analytical chemistry
  • 544 Qualitative analysis
  • 545 Quantitative analysis
  • 546 Inorganic chemistry
  • 547 Organic chemistry
  • 548 Crystallography
  • 549 Mineralogy

For a more detailed view of Dewey Decimal call numbers click on: Dewey Decimal Classification Summaries

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

  • Cassell Dictionary of Chemistry (540.3 H3216c)
  • Comprehensive Chemometrics
  • Concise Encyclopedia Chemistry (540.3 A111)
  • Dictionary of Chemical Names and Synonyms (660.03 H851)
  • Dictionary of Organometallic Compounds (547.0503 D554)
  • Dictionary of Steroids (574.1924303 D554)
  • Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology (660.3 E56)
  • Encyclopedia of Computational Chemistry (542.85 E56)
  • Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry (546.03 E56)
  • Encyclopedia of Physical Science and Technology (503 E56)
  • Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis (547.2 E56)
  • Encyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry (543.0858 E5646)
  • Facts on File Dictionary of Chemistry (540.3 F1428)
  • German Dictionary of Chemistry, Langenscheidt Routledge (540.3 L275)
  • Glossary of Chemical Terms (540.3 H229)
  • Great Chemists (540 F219)
  • Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary (540.3 H396 1997)
  • IUPAC Compendium of Chemical Terminology
  • Macmillan Encyclopedia of Chemistry (540.3 M167)
  • McGraw-HIll Dictionary of Chemistry
  • Treatise on Geochemistry
  • Wikipedia
  • Women in Chemistry and Physics (540 W872)

Handbooks, Tables, and Data

Web Sites - Search Engines

For hints on how to use search engines effectively, take a look at the following: Finding and Evaluating Web Sites.


Some suggested search engines are:

Citation Guides

Here are some resources to help you manage your bibliographies:

Need help?

Barry Brown
Barry Brown

Science Librarian

Head, Access & Collection Services

Mansfield Library, The University of Montana

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Missoula, MT 59812-9936

406-243-6811; Office ML 327