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A selective guide to the library's resources in Chemistry and Biochemistry
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The following bibliography is a selective guide to information sources for the chemistry and biochemistry disciplines available from SF State's J. Paul Leonard Library.  To view the entire research guide, simply click on the Chemistry & Biochemistry Research Guide link below.  The lists of relevant online reference books, recommended databases, and selected Internet sites are duplicated following that link.

Online Reference books

Recommended Dababases

  • American Chemical Society (ACS) Publications, 1879-date
    Contains the full text of over 30 journals available from ACS. It is possible to simultaneously search all of the ACS journals.
  • Applied Science & Technology Abstracts, 1913-date
    This is an excellent starting point for finding articles from core journals on any chemical or chemical engineering topic except biochemistry.
  • Biological Sciences, 1982-date
    This is an excellent database for biochemistry topics. Do NOT be misled by the name of this database. It is THE comprehensive database for biochemistry topics.
  • BIOSIS Citation Index, 1926-date
    This database comprehensively covers the biological literature.
  • Chemical Abstracts (SciFinder Scholar), 1907-date  
    The use of SciFinder Scholar is restricted to the students, staff and faculty of SF State. You can search both the CAPlus database and the substructure module.
  • Environmental Issues & Policy Index, 1973-date
    Comprehensively indexes the environmental science journal literature. This database indexes both science and social science articles related to environmental issues.
  • Pubmed, 1951-date
    This is the version of Medline offered by the National Library of Medicine. Note: The SFSU online links only work on campus or if connecting through the campus modem pool.
  • SciFinder Scholar (electronic version of Chemical Abstracts), 1907-date  
    This database comprehensively indexes the chemical, biochemical, and chemical engineering literature. In order to use the web version, you need to register and create a username and password using your SFSU email. (Registration link:

    Remember to log off when you finished. We share a user license with other universities.
  • Web of Science Core Collection, 1900 - date
    This is one of the Web of Science databases. To access this database, type in the words "Web of Science" in the Search for Database Name box. You will get one result. Click on that link. You are now at the home page for all of the Web of Science databases. You now need to use the All Databases pulldown menu, and select Web of Science Core Collection. This database indexes scholarly journals in all disciplines. You may also conduct cited reference searches (that is, search for articles that cite a specific author or article) by changing the pulldown next to the words Basic Search to Cited Reference Search.

Selected Intermet Sites

  • Atomic Spectra Database
    One of the over 80 databases accessible through the NIST Data Gateway (see also that entry). This database "contains data for atom and ion transitions, and energy levels. Lines are included for the first 99 elements in the periodic table. The energy level tables also contain ionization limits. ASD contains data on about 950 spectra."
    This site states that is a "virtual library of biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology." It is divided into the following 19 subject pages: angiogenesis, apoptosis, carbohydrates, cell adhesion & ECM, cell cycle, cell senescence, chemical biology, cytoskeleton & motility, development, enzymes, genes, lipids & membranes, metabolism, microscopy, organelles, proteins, signaling, structural biology, and systems biology."
  • ChemDex Index - Sheffield
    This site is a directory of links to over 5,000 chemistry resources.
  • Chemical Education Digital Library
    This site is a group of resources, collections, and communities. Resources include: Models 360, Periodic Table Live!, and a Glossary. Collections include: Biographies of Chemists, Featured Molecules, and Living Textbooks. Communities include: Chemistry Laboratories, Inorganic Chemistry, and Physical Chemistry.
  • ChemIDplus
    This site is produced by the National Library of Medicine and is a database of over "400,000 chemical records, of which over 300,000 include chemical structures, and is searchable by Name, Synonym, CAS Registry Number, Molecular Formula, Classification Code, Locator Code, Structure, Toxicity, and/or Physical properties." It comes in two different versions: Lite and Advanced.
  • Chemistry Web Book
    One of the over 80 databases accessible through the NIST Data Gateway (see also that entry). This database provides access to thermochemical, thermophysical, and ion energetics data.
  • Chemistry: the website of the American Chemical Society
    This is the primary ACS site.
  • ChemSpider
    This is a free chemical search engine and is owned by the Royal Society of Chemistry. It provides access to information on over 30 million structures and their associated properties.
  • Classic Chemistry
    The principal purpose of this site is to "post the texts of several classic papers from the history of chemistry." In addition, there are also links to classic calculations, to a history of chemistry calendar, and to glossary of archaic chemical terms.
  • Eric Weisstein's World of Chemistry
    This site is an online chemistry encyclopedia, which is subdivided into the following categories: Chemical Reactions, Experimental Chemistry, Geology, Inorganic Chemistry, Mineralogy, Organic Chemistry, Petrology, and Quantum Chemistry.
  • Hazardous Substances Data Bank
    This data file is maintained by the National Institutes of Health and provides access to information on the toxicity of approximately 5,000 chemical substance or mixtures of substances.
  • KnowledgeDoor
    This online handbook provides useful information on chemical properties and values.
  • Links for Chemists
    This site is an index of over 8,400 chemistry resources on the World Wide Web.
  • Molecule of the Month
    This site features a new molecule each month. The information provided depends on the contributor, but often there is information on the history of molecule and some bibliographic references. After the name of the featured molecule, there are links to five different viewing formats. To view the information on the molecule, click on your preferred viewing format.
  • NIST Data Gateway
    The National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) provides access at this site to over 90 databases of numeric data. These include the Atomic Spectra Database and the Chemistry Web Book (see those entries for more information about these databases). It is possible to search by keyword, property, and substance name.
  • PubChem
    This site is a free service consisting of three databases: PubChem Compound, PubChem Substance, and PubChem Bio-Assay. They contain information regarding the chemical structures and the biological activities of small organic molecules.
  • U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board
    This board is an is an "independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents." This site has links to current and past investigations as well as to the recommendations made as a result of these investigations. There are also a number of safety videos available at this site.
  • WebElements
    This is the primary site on the World Wide Web for information relating to the periodic table.
  • Wired Chemist
    This site has four main divisions: Chemistry, Mineralogy, Environmental and NMR. The four divisions are then subdivided into three sections. The Instructional section under Chemistry links to general chemistry lecture notes, tutorials, problem sets, lab exercises, and animated demonstrations.

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