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Key Subject Resources
These are the key databases we recommend that you use, listed alphabetically. A complete list is available from the A-Z resources page.
- ChemSpider, Reaxys, and SciFinder-n are databases that search for literature, structures, reactions and properties.
- Compendex, Scopus and Web of Science are useful for literature searching.
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ChemSpider This link opens in a new window
ChemSpider covers 67 million structures, properties and associated information from freely available chemical data. It is owned by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Compendex This link opens in a new window
Includes Chemical Engineering and is the broadest and most complete engineering literature database available in the world.
ESDU Data This link opens in a new window
ESDU is an engineering knowledge base which provides essential design and analysis methods and guides, data and software tools to help solve complex engineering problems. These design guides can be used in a wide range of engineering disciplines, including ISVR, aerospace, mechanical, civil, transportation and chemical engineering.
Physical Sciences Data-science Service This link opens in a new window
The PSDS is a National Research Facility which brings together tools and resources for UK researches in physical sciences, including chemistry, crystallography, materials, and related fields.
To identify which resource to use in PSDS go to https://www.psds.ac.uk/resources
Reaxys This link opens in a new window
Reaxys covers an extensive collection of organic, organo-metallic, and inorganic chemistry data. Reaxys enables you to search by structure, substructure, reaction, text, and property data.
SciFinder-n This link opens in a new window
SciFinder, the online version of Chemical Abstracts, is the main database for chemistry. It provides easy access substance and reaction information, patent and journal references. It is for individual, not-for-profit use only. Personal registration
Please choose Scifinder-n from the drop down menu
Scopus This link opens in a new window
Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.
Web of Science This link opens in a new window
Previously called the Web of Knowledge. Provides access to a number of databases including Web of Science Core Collection (covering engineering, science, health, social science, humanities, etc.), BIOSIS (biological & biomedical science) and Inspec (physics, computing, electrical & electronic engineering, etc.). Select 'All Databases’ to search multiple databases simultaneously or choose an individual database.
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