Review articles are not primary research - they don't report new results - but they can be helpful to researchers because they provide a map of what's been going on in some area of chemistry. These are published in chemistry journals as well as in "annual reviews" which publish several review articles once a year.
These volumes provide basic information on the most important synthetic reactions and on reliable methods for preparing organic compounds.
ORGANIC REACTIONS, v 1, 1942 - (QD 251 .O7)
ORGANIC SYNTHESES, v. 20, 1940 - (QD 262 .O7); also available online.
Two other annual publications review recent research of interest in the fields of biochemistry and physical chemistry.
visualization of social media connections by Michael Coghlan
Years ago, philosopher of science Michael Polanyi described science as a republic, one that depended on scientists all contributing their expertise to a common purpose, independent but also interdependent. As you explore chemistry literature, you'll be getting a glimpse of how this republic works and will have a chance to enter into its conversations. This guide will link you to some entry points.
"The Republic of Science shows us an association of independent initiatives, combined towards an indeterminate achievement. It is disciplined and motivated by serving a traditional authority, but this authority is dynamic; its continued existence depends on its constant self-renewal through the originality of its followers. The Republic of Science is a Society of Explorers."
The American Chemical Society produces the most complete and complex database of chemical literature, but there are others that can be part of your toolkit. Here are some options. It's worth your while to spend some time exploring Sci Finder because, while there's a learning curve, it's incredibly powerful and if you go on to further study in chemistry, you'll be glad you did. It's also incredibly expensive, so enjoy using it while you can.
Libraries are linked together through an interlibrary-loan (or ILL) system. Libraries share books and make digitized articles available to people throughout the state connected through this system. What you need to know:
If you have a reference to an article you want, you don't need to go through a database to order it. There's a form you can fill in with the citation information. It's pretty well hidden, but the video below will show you how to get there.
A very short silent film.