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Chemistry & Biochemistry

Top Databases

  • SciFinder Web *Registration Required*

    Provides access to the full Chemical Abstracts database with citations to the literature of chemistry and patents, as well as compound information including structure, chemical names, formulas, Registry Numbers and reaction information for organic and organometallic reactions - plus substructure and reaction searching.

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  • American Chemical Society Publications - Electronic Journals

    Full text access to the American Chemical Society's peer-reviewed research journals in the chemical and related sciences from 1879 to the present.

  • Royal Society of Chemistry - Electronic Journals

    This platform provides full text access to all journal content from the Royal Society of Chemistry Publishing. 

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  • Science of Synthesis

    Science of Synthesis is an electronic version of the reference work by the same name; it also provides access to Houben-Weyl (Methods of Organic Chemistry) which includes the electronic backfile references back to 1835.  Science of Synthesis covers both organic and organometallic synthetic methods. The methods are evaluated and include full experimental details. The content is full-text, structure, and reaction searchable.

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  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry & Physics

    Use the Table of Contents on the left to explore different sections of the handbook.

  • Current Chemical Reactions & Index Chemicus

    Current Chemical Reactions (CCR) reports over a million synthetic methods from over 100 of the world's leading organic chemistry journals. Each reaction provides complete reaction diagrams, critical conditions, bibliographic data, and author abstracts. The database is text- and substructure-searchable. It should always be searched simultaneously with Index Chemicus. Note that reaction schematics from CCR and compound structures from Index Chemicus are appended to the same literature record.

Additional Databases (alphabetical)

  • Annual Reviews

    Provides full-text access to critical review articles that synthesize the primary contributions in the areas of biomedical, physical, and social sciences.

  • Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities in . . .

    Does not include impact factors but you can find acceptance rates, manuscript guidelines, and review process information for journals.  Search by topic areas, words in journal name, acceptance rate, type of review process, or publisher.  Directories for the fields of:

    • Business (Accounting, Economics & Finance, Management, Marketing)
    • Computer ScienceBusiness Information Systems
    • Education (Educational Curriculum & Methods, Educational Psychology & Administration, Educational Technology & Library Science)
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology & Psychiatry
    • Nursing and Health Administration
    • Science (Astronomy, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Oceanography, Physics)
  • Conference Papers Index

    Conference Papers provides citations to papers and poster sessions presented at major scientific meetings around the world. Subject emphasis since 1995 has been in the life sciences, environmental sciences and the aquatic sciences, while older material also covers physics, engineering and materials science.

  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index

    Provides access to the published literature from the most significant conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions worldwide.  Coverage begins in 1990 to the present.

  • Derwent Innovations Index

    A specialized database for searching U.S. and foreign patents in the areas of chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering.  It merges the value-added patent information from Derwent World Patents Index with the patent citation information from Derwent Patent Citation Index, including backfile data to 1963.

  • Dissertations and Theses

    Contains citations,abstracts and possibly full text for over 2 million dissertations and theses. The database accepts over 90 percent of doctoral dissertations in North America.

  • Merck Index

    A database of over 10,000 significant chemicals, drugs, and biological substances, containing physical property data, safety data, literature references, and structures. The Merck Index also includes Organic Name Reactions, which describes organic chemical reactions which have come to be recognized and referred to by name within the chemistry community.

  • Oxford Reference

    Fully-indexed, cross-searchable database of over 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press.

  • PubMed-Medline (with USC links)

    Premier database of worldwide biomedical literature including research, clinical practice, administration, policy issues, and health care services.

  • ScienceDirect

    Only those journals to which USC-Columbia subscribes are available full text. Strongest coverage in the sciences, but includes some business, humanities and social science journals.


    Information in all areas of toxicology, including chemicals and pharmaceuticals, pesticides, environmental pollutants, and mutagens and teratogens.

  • Web of Science Core Collection

    Indexes thousands of the most prestigious, high impact research journals in the world. Also has cited reference searching and ways to refine and analyze your search results. Includes three indexes: Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975 to present), Social Sciences Citation Index (1900 to present), Science Citation Index Expanded (1899 to present). 

    Note:  Previously our subscription began social sciences coverage in 1956. Coverage now extends back to 1900 in the social sciences. 

    Besides the subject citation databases, the Web of Science Core Collection also includes: Book Citation Index (2005 to present), Conference Proceedings Citation Index (1990-present), Current Chemical Reactions, and Index Chemicus