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Fall 2020 reference (research) help:
Research in Chemistry
Chemistry is a field that examines the properties of substances, their composition and structure, and the transformation of substances into new substances. The traditional branches of chemistry, organic, inorganic, analytical and physical, have been joined by many new subfields such as biochemistry and polymer chemistry. Chemists communicate their findings through publications and use publications to keep up with new discoveries and to seek out what is already known to put new research into context. This guide points out some of the most important tools chemists use to tap into research in the field. Don't hesitate to ask a librarian for help as needed.
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The most complete database of chemistry research is SciFinder Scholar.
SciFinder Get Started with SciFinder - Create Your Account
Before you access SciFinder from the web for the first time, you must create your own SciFinder username and password. To begin the user registration process, go to the User Registration Page
. For more information, see the SciFinder User Registration Guide
(PDF file). After you have gone through the user registration process, use your SciFinder username and password to log in from on campus or remotely.
SciFinder is an incredibly informative database. You can search by chemical structure (and import your structures from ChemDraw), keep track of your references, find information about substances and compounds, regulatory information, and more. There is a learning curve, but it's possibly the most powerful database ever compiled for scientific research. To find full text of articles or to request them from other libraries, click on "link to other sources." You may need to enable popups on your browser for this window to open.
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