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Chemistry Research Guide


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Randall Bowman
Archives and Special Collections Department Belk Library Elon University

Valuable Sites


  • American Elements - the world leader in materials science know-how. A source for academic investigation and research for over a decade.
  • Chemistry Central -  peer-reviewed open access research in Chemistry from BioMed Central
  • ChemDex Index - Sheffield: Best starting point for chemistry on the Internet. Currently indexing, and selectively annotating more than 4,000 sites. There is a searchable version, Chemdex plus - that requires (free) registration.
  • eMolecules - a new, open access chemistry search engine that aims to provide all publicly available chemical information for free.
  • PubChem - a database project that consists of three databases: Compound, Substance and BioAssay.
  • R&D Chemicals - is a database of chemical compounds that allows you to find a chemical by its molecular formula, IUPAC name, Smiles, CAS number, structure or substructure.
  • - a gateway to authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. Government agencies, including research and development results.
  • SciTech Connect - connect to science, technology, and engineering research information from the Department of Energy
  • WebElements Periodic Table: Contains links to data from Hydrogen, element 1 to Ununoctium, element 118, discovered in 1999, the heaviest element



    Evaluating Web Sites

Asking these questions will help you to determine whether the resources you find are credible and reliable.

  1. Who created the page? Does the person or organization have the appropriate credentials?

  2. Why was this site created? What is the purpose of the site?  For example, is it sponsored by a company that has a financial interest in the topic?

  3. When was the page created and/or last updated? How current is the information?

  4. Does the author cite trustworthy sources? How does the author support their argument?

  5. How does this site compare to resources your professor recommends or assigns?