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Chemistry Research Guide

This guide is intended to assist users of the chemical literature to zero in on the most important resources at Princeton, especially those that are available electronically

Web Elements Periodic Table

The periodic table on the Web.

Featured Resource

Journal of Visualized Experiments

Chemistry Section

JoVE Chemistry surveys a broad scope of chemical disciplines. This collection includes fundamental and applied research that investigates molecular interactions, properties, and structure spanning in the following core divisions: analytical, organic, organometallic, inorganic, bioinorganic, and biochemistry. This section also includes the design and preparation of materials and small molecules for advanced or unique applications.

NIST Chemistry WebBook

NIST Chemistry WebBook

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This site provides thermochemical, thermophysical, and ion energetics data compiled by NIST under the Standard Reference Data Program. Only includes roughly 3000 0f the most common chemical compounds.

Other Databases


Links to the groups of most interest to chemists follow:

Spectral Database for Organic Compounds, SDBS

SDBS is a free database maintained by AIST (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) in Japan.  SDBS offers downloadable/printable spectra and peak assignments

Material Safety Datasheets

MSDSs can be used to find basic property information as well as safety data

- Patents – What are they? 60% of chemistry research is published in Patents. 

How to get them? US patents are free full text online, from Google (easiest),

and world patents are free and mostly full text online,http://esp@cenet. You can also search for chemical patents in Scifinder

Science of synthesis: Houben-Weyl methods of molecular transformations


The Science of Synthesis began coverage in 2001 and considers and critically reviews methods from journals, books, and patent literature and presents important synthetic methods for all classes of organic compounds.

The SOS Web version also covers former Houben-Weyl treatise (1952-2003) in a separate search box.  Critically reviews chemical reaction literature with emphasis on functional group conversions.  The Houben-Weyl electronic backfile (1909 to 2003) provides immediate access to 146 000 product specific experimental procedures, 580 000 structures, and 700 000 references in all fields of synthetic organic chemistry - dating back to the early 1800s. [Princeton has this set in its entirety.]


e-EROS (Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis) is an updated version of the 2nd edition of the print work by the same title.  It includes chemical reactions and structures. The database contains 70,000 reactions and 4000 of the most frequently consulted reagents.

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ACS Directory of Graduate Research

DGRweb 2007, the searchable online version of the ACS Directory of Graduate Research (DGR), is the most comprehensive source of information on chemical research and researchers at universities in the U.S. and Canada.

With the DGRweb you can search for faculty and institutions.

Search for faculty includes specific research area, academic rank, gender, and state, with the search results producing complete contact information for faculty including direct links to faculty email addresses and web pages, when provided.

Institutional searches provide all departmental contact information along with statistical data (when provided) on the number of faculty and students in the department and a complete list of faculty active in graduate research.

DGRweb 2007 also includes access to the complete 2005, 2003, 2001 and 1999 previous versions of the databae.  Click on main DGR link to access these.