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Chemistry: Recommended Resources

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SciFinder is a research discovery applications for chemistry. Use it to find for chemistry research. It indexes articles in chemistry journals and includes information on substances and reactions.

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The BC3 Library has several options for finding articles on chemistry topics in addition to the SciFinder database.

You will be able to find some full text articles in Academic Search Premier, PubMed, and Google Scholar, but many of the articles in all of these databases will need to be requested using the BC3 Library's Article Request form. This is a free service for BC3 students and employees.

  • PubChem - PubChem is the world's largest collection of freely accessible chemical information. Search chemicals by name, molecular formula, structure, and other identifiers.
  • American Chemical Society (ACS) Open Access Articles - This is a collection of freely available articles published in ACS journals. The articles included were recommended by ACS journal editors.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals - DOAJ is a repository of Open Access journals, which means their content is freely available. This link limits DOAJ to the subject chemistry.
Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar includes both books and articles. Be careful when selecting that the source is reputable. If an article is not made freely available online, remember that you can use the BC3 Library's Request an Article service to request it and we will do our best to obtain it and email it to you - free of charge.


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The BC3 Library has both print and electronic books for chemistry. They are all listed in the BC3 Library Catalog where you will find Dewey call numbers to locate books on the shelves (lower level of the library) and links to connect you to e-books. E-books can also be searched separately in our two e-book collections: e-Book Central by Proquest and e-Book Collection by EBSCO.

Browsing the Stacks

Most chemistry books in the library can be found in the 540-548 area of the shelves, lower level.





Chemistry website Compound Interest

Compound Interest

Explorations of everyday chemical compounds

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Chemical structure database

Common Chemistry

While not a comprehensive CAS Registry Number lookup service, Common Chemistry does provide a way to quickly and easily find names or CAS Registry Numbers for chemicals of general interest.

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Google Patents

Use the Google Patents site to search for patent applications, which often provide a significant amount of information including images.


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