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Chemistry & Biochemistry: Literature


SciFinder is the most important literature database in chemistry.

You can search SciFinder in several ways:

  • Explore References - Search on a topic, author, journal, etc.
  • Explore Substances - Search by structure, molecular formula, or Substance Identifier.
  • Explore Reactions - Similar to Explore Substances, this section allows you to search for a reaction.

Library Databases

Sometimes SciFinder is not the best database to use.  We subscribe to many other databases that might be better for your research. 

Chemistry Education

For Chemistry Education research, you might want to search in education databases too. 

Your Librarian

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Kristen Adams

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Article Types

Primary article:

A primary article will report the findings from researchers.  The experiments they conduct will be reported in this type of article.  You can find things like syntheses of specific molecules, properties of nanomolecules, and reaction mechanisms.

Review article:

This type of article will summarize the research that has been done in a certain area of chemistry or biochemistry.  Review articles are an excellent starting point if you're just beginning to study a specific subject area.