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Chemistry - a selected list of general resources

Chemistry Resources

American Chemical Society Web Editions (Journal Publications )

A list with limited search interface for more than 50  ACS peer-reviewed journals

American Chemical Society - Main Portal

In addition to the ACS journals linked above, the American Chemical Society provides a variety of information and services of interest to chemistry students from high school through graduate school and to chemists at all levels of teaching and research.  The ACS also presents lesson plan materials and online course materials from high school through professional continuing education at their Education subsite.

ChemBioFinder is an online chemistry and biology reference database searchable by chemical name, weight, formula, or CAS number. With almost 2 million compounds indexed and linked to other web sites, it provides a wealth of chemical information for professional chemists and students alike. is the gateway to all databases available from CambridgeSoft from PerkinElmer.  Users of are allowed 5 free searches before we request them to register with us as a website user. The CambridgeSoft from PerkinElmer user account is free and you should feel free to ignore the database promotional material which will result from this registration.

CHEMINFO: Chemical Information Sources from Indiana University

This site includes a large variety of information relating to all areas of chemistry and links to resources including references sources, databases, and articles.


ChemSpider is a free chemical structure database, created and mainatained by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), providing fast text and structure search access to over 26 million structures from hundreds of data sources.

NIST Chemistry Workbook

This site publishes the latest version of the NIST Standard Reference Database which presently provides information primarily on organic compounds.

Organizations and Data Sources for The Chemical Industry

An extensive but unannotated list of links to chemical industry and pharmaceutical industry professional sites maintained by Wendy Warr & Associates (a consulting firm in cheminformatics)

Physical Properties Data files

This list of over 30 searchable data files maintained by the University of Illinois Chemistry Library covers everything from solubility to gas-phase kinetics and comes from government (i.e. EPA, NIH), academic (i.e. Colby College, Vanderbuilt), and industry (Knovel, CambridgeSoft) sources. contains reliable information resources selected by the respective agencies as their best science information. Two major types of information are included selected authoritative science Web sites and databases of technical reports, journal articles, conference proceedings, and other published materials. (The specific content varies by database.) The selected Web sites can be explored from the homepage. The Web pages and the databases can be searched individually or simultaneously from the search page.

Selected Classic Papers from the History of Chemistry

Provides full text of seminal papers in the history of chemistry.

This web site is produced by the Skeptics Society and provides articles on a variety of topics providing scientific evidence to refute extraordinary claims and promote scientific analysis of the natural world.

Spectral Database for Organic Compounds (SDBS)

One of the Research Information Databases created and maintained by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (Japan). Compounds can be searched using compound name, molecular formula, molecular weight, CAS Registry number, or SDBS number and any of six spectra can be specified.

Virtual Laboratory

Provides access to tutorials and virtual labs relating to inorganic chemistry, maintained by Oxford University

Web Elements: the periodical table on the web

This site provides an online version of the periodic table of elements with easy to use navigation features that allow users to get additional information about elements.

Tools to help with other tools

Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index (CASSI)

What the heck is Adv. Cat. Nano. Mat.?  CASSI can give you an accurate answer so you can use SciFinder or another bibliographic index to find this journal.

Humor - because a lab is sometimes a dog

The Chemist's Chocolate Chip Cookie

Dihydrogen Monoxide - the controversy

Chem Jokes

Molecules with Silly Names

Unsafe Material Data Sheet