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CHE 460 — Chemical Literature

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Naomi Moy


Getting Started

Finding Books

Finding a Specific Journal Title

Using Databases to Find Articles

Chemical Abstracts

Interlibrary Loans

Using the Internet

Getting Started

To start your research, use the resources below or begin with the the CSUDH Library web page found at : http://library.csudh.edu/

The resources listed under the category of Online Article Indexes are available from on-campus computers or by remote access CSUDH students using your myCSUDH username and password.

Finding Books

Books are located using the Library's ToroFind catalog.ToroFind : CSUDH Online Catalog is used to find books and other materials available in the CSUDH Library.

Ebrary and EBSCO E-books are growing collections of electronic books on a variety of topics geared to academic libraries and college students. 

If you are unable to locate a book in the CSUDH Collection, try these links:

  • ToroFind has an "All CSU's Catlog" button for books availabe in the 23 libraries of the California State University. Search for the book and click on this button. Highlight a library name and click on the "Request This Item" button. You must be registered with the CSUDH Library to use this service.
  • WorldCat is a catalog of 71,000 libraries throughout the world.  If CSUDH does not own a book that you would like to read, click on the Interlibrary Loan link provided with the record.  This will allow to directly request that the book be sent via our Illiad Interlibrary Loan system. If the book is owned by a U.S. library and it is not a reference book or not on reserve, then we can usually get it for you.  You will need to register the first time you use this system.


Finding a Specific Journal Title

If you have a reference or citation to a specific journal article, use the CSUDH Journals List to find out if subscribes to the needed journal. This list includes both print and online journals. The Library currently subscribes to over 27,000 journals online. When you click on the title, you will usually find a page that has separate links for the year of available volumes. Click on the year and then you will next be able to click on specific issues. CSUDH's list also includes links to the ToroFind catalog record for print subscription information.

Using Databases to Find Articles

To find journal articles on a particular topic, use a special index called an electronic database. The following databases index articles in chemistry and related subjects:

American Chemical Society Journals is a database that is used to search and find the web editions of the journal articles published in the journals of the American Chemical Society.  CSUDH has both the Legacy Archives and Web Editions which provides articles from 1870 to current.

American Institute of Physics  collection includes 27 full text journals and is part of a larger database called  SPIN (Searchable Physics Informiaton Notices), a database with abstracts of over 80 scientific journals published by the AIP and its member societies.

Biological Abstracts provides citations to  the literature of  life science and biomedical research, with over 185,000 articles on the topic of "biochemistry and molecular biophysics."

PubMed  is a  database used to search the medical literature. 

Science Direct  indexes in the natural and social sciences, including chemistry, biochemistry, and chemical engineering.

Ulrich's Periodical Directory is used to find information on journals, e.g., publisher information;  it does not provide full-text articles or indexing to articles.  This database is used for the assignments in CHE 460.

Wiley Interscience includes in its database approximately 200 chemistry and chemistry-related full text journals.

Chemical Abstracts

The Library has a print collection of Chemical Abstracts. These are located in the Index section on the 3rd floor of Library South.

  • Chemical Abstracts  Index QD1.C46
  • Chemical Abstracts Service. Registry Handbook.  Index QD1. C467
  • Chemical Abstracts Source Index.  Use CASSI, an online resource providing journal information.

Interlibrary Loans

Although the library provides access to over 37,000 print and electronic journals, the indexing databases provide citations to a large number of journals which are not available in our print and electronic holdings. If you would like to have the library find a copy of an article for you, you can transmit the request using the Interlibrary Loan Service . Please allow at least 10 days for the article to arrive. If at all possible, we will try to send the article to you via email. The files will be .pdf files and will require that you have space available to receive these large files. We are also able to request books through three different methods. Your options are listed on the Interlibrary Loan page .

Using the Internet

When using information from the web for projects and research papers, you should evaluate the quality and reliability of the information. Here's a link to one of many websites which give you evaluation criteria: Five Criteria for Evaluating Web Pages . An outstanding search engine to use is Google. In addition, Google Scholar enables you to search the scholarly literature, including peer reviewed articles, but note that you may not be able to access the full text of the article. For the scholarly literature, the databases listed above in the "Using Databases to Find Articles " section will usually be a better option for beginning your research.

Selected Websites for Chemistry:

ACS Style Guide is available from the American Chemical Society.

American Chemical Society Periodic Table is an interactive periodical table.

CASSI  is used to quickly and easily look up or confirm publication titles and abbreviations, as well as CODEN, ISBN, or ISSN codes

ChemSpider is a free chemical structure database providing fast access to over 28 million structures, properties and associated information.

ChemWeb.com is a portal on the internet that provided abstracts to articles from chemistry publishers of over 500 journals. If you register, you can get access to full-text articles. If you find only the abstract, check for the title in the CSUDH Library's Journals by Title List.

Common Chemistry from Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), a web resource that contains CAS Registry Numbers for approximately 7,900 chemicals of widespread general public interest. Common Chemistry is helpful to non-chemists who know either a name or CAS Registry Number of a common chemical and want to pair both pieces of information.

NIST Chemistry Web Book NIST Chemistry Web Book includes IR and UV?vis spectra and more. It is searchabe by the CAS-RN, names, and  formula structure. This tool is compled and distributed by the National Institute of Standard and Technology.

PubChem provides information on the biological activities of small molecules.  It consists of three databases to search unique chemical structures, deposited chemical substance records, and bioassay records.

Substance Registry Services the the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) central system for information about substances that are tracked or regulated by EPA or other sources. It provides a substance search tool by CAS name or biological name.

U.S.Patent and Trademark Office.  Use this site for patent searches.