by Ruth Gustafson – November 23, 2021

Library resources for the field of Chemistry

To access licensed library resources from off-campus, please use the library VPN.  Ruth is happy to help if you have questions or need additional assistance.

FOR UCD students, faculty, and staff:   With the re-opening of campus, feel free to book an appointment with Ruth for assistance in using these resources or for any questions you may have.   Ruth will only have Zoom appointments for Fall Quarter 2021.  (Exceptions will be made if in-person is the only/best option for the requestor.)

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In this Guide:

SciFinderN     (new platform)   –OR–   “Classic” SciFinder

 Registration Required     (login to VPN to access registration page from off-campus)

NOTE:  Commercial use of your University account is strictly prohibited.

See below for how to register for a SciFinder Account

SciFinder is the most comprehensive bibliographic database for scholarly research in the field of chemistry. It contains over 52 million citations and indexes over 50,000 journals, covering all aspects of chemistry, including chemical aspects of: biology and life sciences, engineering and materials science, food science, geology, medicine, physics, and polymer science. SciFinder also allows searching of chemical substances, chemical reactions, and includes some property data and spectra. It is the online version of Chemical Abstracts.
     Coverage: 1907 – present    (with selected pre-1907 material)
     Cited Reference Searching:  1996 – present    (allows you to identify who is citing an article)

SciFinder Auto-Alert:  Keep Me Posted    Receive an email when new articles are published you your topic
SciFinder System Recommendations/Structure Editor/Java (optional)
SciFinder can only be used by UC students, faculty and staff.
SciFinderN (new platform) Help – How to Use   “Classic” SciFinder Help – How to Use       SciFinder Troubleshooting
SciFinderN:  Introduction to Searching



SciFinder: Register for Account

You must register for a SciFinder account before you can use the database. (login to VPN to access registration page from off-campus)


One-Time Registration (on-campus):
1. Go to the UC SciFinder website, under “New User?” select Davis (UCD).

2. Review the instructions for creating a username/password, click the registration link at end of the page. You must register with your “” email account.

3. When you receive a confirmation email, click the link in the message to complete the registration. Check your spam folder if you do not see the confirmation email in your inbox.

Once you have an account, logon to SciFinder.

One-Time Registration (off-campus):
First,  log in thru the VPN, then complete steps 1-3 above.


NOTE:   With the permanent closure of the Physical Sciences and Engineering Library during COVID time, all chemistry print books and other materials have been re-located to four locations:   Shields Library sciences 3rd floor;  Shields Library 2nd floor Reference collection (REFERENCE titles); temporary location at Carlson Health Sciences Library; or the UC’s northern UC libraries storage facility, NRLF (Northern Regional Library Facility).    The UCD Library Catalog notes which of these four locations your print chemistry materials may be found at.

  • UC Library Search: UCD Library Catalog setting
    Replacing UCD Library Catalog on July 27, 2021, the new UC Library Search includes all of the UC library collections.   This setting is specifically for the UC Davis libraries including (for the first time) the holdings of the Law Library. If you Sign in (on top right corner) using your UCD login and Kerberos passphrase, you are prompted with your loan period, can renew books online, and request items that have been checked out to another borrower, or are in storage.
GOOGLE Books                                Google Books Help

Library catalogs only search catalog entries (author, title, subject indexing, etc) not the full text of the book
Google Books searches full-text of books (only titles that Google has scanned), but you cannot access most of them (because they are still under copyright)

But you can use Google Books to identify titles you might be interested in.
–Use Google Books to search for phrases or topics you are interested in (works well for technical terms).
–Then search for the title of the book(s) in the UCD Library Catalog or Melvyl

Chemistry LibreTexts

The LibreTexts Chemistry Library is the principal hub of the LibreTexts project, a multi-institutional collaborative venture to develop open-access texts to improve postsecondary education at all levels of higher learning.

Use the BOOKSHELVES link to locate info on chemistry topics or the UC Davis link under COURSES   to locate relevant materials.


WorldCat Catalog

OCLC catalog: millions of records for books, journal titles and materials in other formats from approximately 12,000 libraries worldwide.  Coverage: 1000 A.D. to the present.


Major Online Book Collections

ACS Symposium Series eBooks,   1974-on

UC Davis has the ACS (American Chemical Society) Symposium books online from 1974 on.  Volumes published in 2010 and earlier are also available in print.

To locate a print volume: search the Library Catalog for “ACS Symposium”  then add either the volume number or title you want.

ACS Advances in Chemistry,   1949-1998

Founded in 1949, Advances in Chemistry series was the predecessor to the ACS Symposium Series.

Annual Reviews,   1996-on

Critical reviews covering primary research literature in the biomedical, life, physical, and social sciences. Can provide a good overview topics you are not familiar with. Chemical fields covered include: analytical chemistry; biochemistry; physical chemistry; pharmacology and toxicology; and chemical and biomolecular engineering.

Online:  1996 – present.

Tables of Contents only: 1984 – 1995.  Use the library catalog to find these in print.


 International Tables For Crystallography

Theo Hahn;  U. Shmueli;  A. J. C. Wilson (editors).  1984-2012.  Dordrecht, Holland; Boston, U.S.A.  Kluwer Academic Publishers Group, most current volumes available through Wiley.
Use the link above or this alternate link to access the volumes below.

Volume A1 Symmetry Relations Between Space Groups
Volume B Reciprocal space
Volume C Mathematical, Physical and Chemical Tables
Volume D Physical Properties of Crystals
Volume E Subperiodic Groups
Volume F Crystallography of Biological Macromolecules
Volume G Definition and Exchange of Crystallographic Data


International Tables for X-Ray Crystallography

Norman F.M. Henry & Kathleen Lonsdale (Editors), International Union of Crystallography, Kynoch Press 1969. Freely available via Internet Archive.

Volume 1:  Symmetry Groups    (also in print: Shields Library QD945 .I55)
Volume 2: Mathematical Tables (also in print: Shields Library QD945 .I55)
Volume 3: Physical & Chemical Tables (also in print: Shields Library QD945 .I55)
Volume 4: Revised and supplementary tables to volumes 2 and 3 (print only: Shields Library QD945 .I55)


RSC eBooks,   1968-on

The RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) ebooks package, includes over 1000 books published since 1968, including the Specialist Periodical Reports series and Tutorial Chemistry Texts.


Springer eBooks,   2005-on

Springer ebooks package includes over 28,000 scholarly books, covering all scientific disciplines.  Books are published in English and German.  Book series in chemistry include:

Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology
Advances in Polymer Science
Progress in Colloid and Polymer Science
Structure & Bonding
Topics in Current Chemistry
Topics in Heterocyclic Chemistry
Topics in Organometallic Chemistry

Wiley eBooks,   2011-on

Over 1300 ebooks focused on chemistry, physical sciences, biosciences & engineering.  The UC’s purchased all 2011 and 2012 ebooks, including IEEE ebooks (older years on IEEE Xplore platform).

Browse by Subject
Browse by Publication title



Use UC Library Search: UCD Library Catalog setting (new as of July 2021; now includes the UCD Law Library) to find which journals we subscribe to,  either online or in print.

Online subscriptions:   the catalog will give the link.  NOTE: we sometimes get online content for different years from different sources, R-E-A-D the fine print.
Print subscriptions:     the catalog will give you the call number, location, and indicate whether or not it is checked out.


Lists  journals that UC Davis has a online or print subscription to.


Google Scholar

You can use Google Scholar to search for journals (or articles).  Google has no way of telling you which online journals UC Davis subscribes to, unless you set your Google Scholar preferences to show Get it at UC (see ARTICLE PLUG-INS & QUICK ACCESS below).

Google Scholar:  How do you actually GET the articles?

On-Campus:    You should be able to access any online journal that UC Davis subscribes to.
Off-Campus:    You must install the VPN client first, to access online journals UC Davis subscribes to.

No UCD Online Subscription?:  We may have a print subscription.  Check the library catalog .  If we do not have a print or online subscription, you can request articles through Interlibrary Loan.


Use the resources below to access  encyclopedias and “overviews”, these:

  • can provide focused, highly useful summary of topics, processes and products.
  • can be extremely useful in narrowing your topic, understanding the scope of your inquiry, and/or getting up to speed on a complex topic quickly.


Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology       

An online encyclopedia focused on chemical engineering, a very good resource for topics involving manufactured items, materials, or processes used in manufacturing.


Ullmann’s Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry      

Another online encyclopedia focused on chemical engineering, Ullmann’s is also a very good resource for topics involving manufactured items, materials, or processes used in manufacturing.


CRCNetBase:  Engineering Handbooks

A large collection of online engineering handbooks, full-text and searchable.   Extremely useful for:

  • expanding your topic,
  • getting a broad overview of your topic, or,
  • getting a highly focused book reference (available as a PDF, and substantially shorter than a typical book).


Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis (eEROS)


IUPAC Compendium of Chemical Terminology    (IUPAC “Gold Book”)



Chemistry: Foundations and Applications

Print Location: QD4 C48 2004 Vols. 1-4


Dean’s Analytical Chemistry Handbook   (Access Engineering via CDL)

Print Location: QD78 .P37 2004  Reference


Encyclopedia of chemistry

Print Location: QD4 .R57 2005


Hawley’s Condensed Chemical Dictionary, 2016


McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Chemistry

Print Location: QD4 .M34 2004


Van Nostrand’s Encyclopedia of Chemistry

Print Location: QD4 .V36 2005



Encyclopedia of Catalysis,  6 volumes

Print Location: QD505 .E53 2003


Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry, 10 volumes

Print Location: QD148 .E53 2005


Encyclopedia of Supramolecular Chemistry

Print Location: QD876 .E53 2004


Encyclopedia of Surface and Colloid science

Print Location: QD506 .E63 2006


Encyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry,  3 volumes

Print Location: QD95 .E55 2000

BASIC Resources for Properties

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics       QD65 C4, Reference 



A collection of major chemisty reference books.
Search each title individually, or select “Combined Chemical Dictionary” to search the 5 “Dictionary of…” titles simultaneously.


Combined Chemical Dictionary   (CCD)

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics

Polymers: A Property Database

Properties of Organic Compounds


Merck Index    RS51 M4 1996 Reference (Chem Ref Table)

An encyclopedia of chemicals, drugs, and biological substances. The Merck Index contains over 11,000 entries (referred to as monographs) mostly for single substances and related compounds (isomers, salts, etc.). Some families of natural products and biological substances are included as well. Data provided include: chemical, generic, and brand names; CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) registry numbers; physical data and literature references; structures and stereochemistry; toxicity; and information on therapeutic and non-medicinal uses.  The Merck Index Online also includes sections on: organic name reactions, and additional tables. The Merck Index can be searched by structure with installation of a free ChemDraw plug-in available on the structure search page.
Merck User Help Guides


Lange’s Handbook of Chemistry (via AccessEngineering)       QD65 .L36 2016, Reference


Perry’s Chemical Engineers Handbook    (via AccessEngineering)      TP151 .P45 2019, Reference



 DATABASES for Properties


Provides property, structure and reaction data for millions of chemical substances (organic, inorganic and organometallic) and chemical reactions.  Up to hundreds of fields of chemical and physical property information are available.  Reaxys combines the Beilstein Handbook of Organic Chemistry, the Gmelin Handbook of Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry and the Elsevier Patent Chemistry Database.  It is searchable by text keywords, numerical physical and chemical properties, and by chemical structures and substructures.
New version of Reaxys (Reaxys 2.0) launched Nov 6, 2017 at UC Davis.

1772 – present         Chemical substances
1976 – present         Chemical patents
1980 – present         Organic chemistry journal articles
1995 – present         Inorganic chemistry journal articles


Reaxys Quick Reference Guide (Sept 30, 2021 update)

Quick Start to REAXYS 2.0

REAXYS Education  (Prof. Bob Belford, University of Arkansas, Little Rock)

Additional REAXYS Training materials



SciFinder      [Registration Required]      

 In addition to being the most comprehensive bibliographic database for chemistry, SciFinder also allows searching of chemical substances, chemical reactions, and includes some property data and spectra.

Coverage: 1907 – present    (with selected pre-1907 material)
Java or Non-Java Structure Editor (optional)
SciFinder can only be used by UC students, faculty and staff.
About SciFinder:  On & Off-Campus Use, Troubleshooting & Help, Guides


Cambridge Structural Database  (WebCSD)        UC Davis site license funded by the Chemistry Department

The web version of Cambridge Structural Database  (CSD) provides crystallographic, chemical and bibliographic information for more than 544,000 organic and organometallic compounds whose 3D structures have been determined by x-ray or neutron diffraction (nearly 600,000 structures).


 NIST Chemistry WebBook

Provides thermochemical data for over 6500 organic and small inorganic compounds. Data available may include: gas phase and condensed phase thermochemistry data, reaction thermochemistry data, phase change data, spectra (IR, Mass, UV), Henry’s Law data, gas phase ion energetics data, ion clustering data, vibrational and/or electronic energy levels, gas phase kinetics, and thermophysical properties of fluid systems.

Help:  Guide to NIST Chemistry WebBook


MORE Resources for Properties

Physical Reference Data (NIST Physics Lab)

Another source from the National Insititute of Standards and Technology. Categories include Physical Constants, Units, and Conversion Factors, Atomic Spectroscopic Data, Molecular Spectroscopic Data, and X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Data.


Smithsonian Physical Tables (Knovel)

Common physical and chemical data.


Landolt-Bornstein  //  Springer-Materials

The Library does not have a license for SpringerMaterials.
We do have online access to the predecessor to SpringerMaterials, Landolt-Börnstein for 2009 and earlier.

In most cases, you can access the 2009 and earlier information in our online volumes of Landolt-Börnstein.  For the more recent content added to SpringerMaterials, you’ll need to refer to one or more of the alternate sources listed below.


How to Access SpringerMaterials  via Landolt-Börnstein:

Each record in SpringerMaterials has a source. If the source of the document you need is Landolt-Börnstein and from 2009 or earlier, you can get the PDF through Portico.

From SpringerMaterials, note the title of the document and volume in Landolt. Browse the alphabetical list of volumes in Portico, then that volume’s table of contents to find your document PDF.  Here’s a handout (PDF) with some screenshots from both databases.  At present, the volumes are listed alphabetically by their English titles, but eventually will be grouped into subject sections for easier browsing.

Some of the volumes in Portico are alphabetized by their subtitle. For example:

Crystal Structure Data of Inorganic Compounds · Key Element: O Part 2 shows up in the volume list as

Key Element: O Part 2

Crystal Structures of Inorganic Compounds · Structure Types Part 1: Space Groups (230) Ia-3d -(219)-F43-c shows up as

Crystal Structures of Inorganic Compounds · Structure Types Part 1: Space Groups (230) Ia-3d -(219)-F43-c

Phase Equilibria, Crystallographic and Thermodynamic Data of Binary Alloys · Ac-Ag … Au-Zr shows up as 

Ac-Ag … Au-Zr

Alternative databases for locating crystallographic information if you find something in SpringerMaterials:

Inorganic Crystal Structure Database  (ICSD)

SciFinder and REAXYS (any articles referenced in SpringerMaterials will also be indexed in SciFinder, and possibly Reaxys).

Why we don’t have Springer Materials

More Information on Landolt-Börnstein

Landolt-Börnstein  is a vast and systematic collection of physical and chemcal properties of materials.  The verified  physical  data available reflect numerical data and functional relationships in physics, physical chemistry, biophysics, geophysics, astronomy, materials science, and technology.  Earlier volumes (to the 1980’s) are in German.

Thanks to Teri Vogel (UCSD) and Chuck Huber (UCSB): text on their pages used above.

If you can’t find the property you are looking for, try using:

Thermodex:  Index of Selected Thermodynamic and Physical Property Resources

Identify the type of compound and properties you are looking for, and ThermoDex will return a list of handbooks that may contain these data.  This resource was developed for use at the University of Texas, Austin, links are provided to identify library holdings in your area – or use the Library Catalog to look for the handbooks identified.

With many thanks to the University of Texas Libraries.


Chemical Pricing and Market Data

Finding sources for bulk chemical pricing and market data can be quite difficult.  In many cases these data simply may not be available.  Use these guides to search for available information.

Bulk Chemical Prices

With thanks to David Hubbard, Texas A&M University Libraries

Chemical Pricing and Suppliers

With thanks to Teri Vogel,  UCSD


ICSD:  Inorganic Crystal Structure Database

A comprehensive database on fully determined inorganic crystal structures with structural and bibliographic data.  Searchable database of more than 93,000 inorganic structures, including pure elements, minerals, metals, and intermetallic compounds. Search by fields such as element(s), citation information (author/journal/title/years), chemical/mineral name, crystal system, space group, minimum distance, cell size/mass, and Pearson Symbol.


 International Tables For Crystallography

Theo Hahn;  U. Shmueli;  A. J. C. Wilson (editors).  1984-2012.  Dordrecht, Holland; Boston, U.S.A.  Kluwer Academic Publishers Group, most current volumes available through Wiley.
Use the link above or this alternate link to access the volumes below.

Volume A1 Symmetry Relations Between Space Groups
Volume B Reciprocal space
Volume C Mathematical, Physical and Chemical Tables
Volume D Physical Properties of Crystals
Volume E Subperiodic Groups
Volume F Crystallography of Biological Macromolecules
Volume G Definition and Exchange of Crystallographic Data


International Tables for X-Ray Crystallography

Norman F.M. Henry & Kathleen Lonsdale (Editors), International Union of Crystallography, Kynoch Press 1969. Freely available via Internet Archive.

Volume 1:  Symmetry Groups    (also in print: Shields Library QD945 .I55)
Volume 2: Mathematical Tables (also in print: Shields Library QD945 .I55)
Volume 3: Physical & Chemical Tables (also in print: Shields Library QD945 .I55)
Volume 4: Revised and supplementary tables to volumes 2 and 3 (print only: Shields Library QD945 .I55) 


Sax’s Dangerous Properties of Industrial Materials    

Data available include:  basic properties, toxicity (generally includes LD50 data), safety profile, and regulatory information.


Sigma Aldrich Library of Chemical Safety Data

T55.3 H3 S54 1985, Reference
Use the index to locate substance by name, formula, CAS number, Aldrich catalog number, Sigma product number.
Data available include: toxicity, health hazards, chronic effects, first aid, incompatibility, decomposition products, basic properties.


UC Safety Data Sheets:  Risk & Safety Solutions    (SDS, formerly: MSDS Material Safety Data Sheets

SDS via various sources.
Log in with UCD credentials. Search by name or CAS #. Safety sheets download as PDFs.
Safety Data Sheets provide information on how chemical substances can be safely handled, stored, and used. They generally indicate health, material, and physical hazards; exposure limits; and precautions.  



Use search box in top right to search for SDS by CAS#, substance name, or manufacturer name.
Freely available, no log in necessary.


Chemical Safety Practices & Recommendations   (ACS Committee on Chemical Safety)  


TOXNET   (Toxicology Data Network)
Federated searching for toxicology data through ToxNet is no longer available.  Most individual databases formerly available within ToxNet are still available, see links and instructions below.

HSDB  (Hazardous Substances Databank) 
Toxicology of potentially hazardous chemicals.  
Includes peer-reviewed, published data on: human exposure, industrial hygiene, emergency handling procedures, environmental fate, regulatory requirements, and related areas.  All data are referenced and derived from a core set of books, government documents, technical reports and selected primary journal literature; and are peer-reviewed by the Scientific Review Panel (SRP), a committee of experts in the major subject areas within the data bank’s scope. HSDB is organized into individual chemical records, and contains over 5000 such records.

Best Option: Search for substance(s) of interest in ChemIDplus
If you get multiple hits: click on appropriate substance
Scroll down, under LINKS TO RESOURCES
Click on HSDB

Alternatively: search HSDB in PubChem
To limit to HSDB, see:  How to Access HSDB content from PubChem


Structure and nomenclature for chemical substances cited in National Library of Medicine (NLM) databases.

Basic:   Search by: name, registry number, formula.
Advanced:   Search by: toxicity, physical properties, structure, molecular weight, locator code.


TOXLINE in PubMed:
Citations to the toxicological literature.  Includes:  technical reports and research projects.

Direct link to TOXLINE in PubMed
Help for TOXLINE Users in PubMed





Contains information on drugs from a health care/clinicians perspective.  Toxicology information available includes: range of toxicity, treatment overview, clinicial effects, mechanism of action (pharmacokinetics), and references.

Online Spectra

Below are some freely available sites that provide a limited number of spectra online. See the database options and print spectra listed below if the substance you are looking for is not available online.



The NIST database provides spectra and other information. Most compounds in the database are organic, a few small inorganic compounds are included as well. Spectra available may include: Gas Phase IR Spectra, Mass Spectra, UV/Vis Spectra, Vibrational and Electronic Spectra (tabular data only).


Spectral Database for Organic Compounds (SDBS)

Provides spectra for 32,000 organic compounds. Up to 6 different types of spectra may be available: electron impact Mass spectrum (EI-MS – 22,900 spectra); Fourier transform infrared spectrum (FT-IR – 14,000 spectra); 1 H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrum (12,300); 13 C NMR spectrum (49,800 spectra); laser Raman spectrum (3,500 spectra); and electron spin resonance (ESR) spectrum (2,500 spectra).



SpectraBase is a free online spectral repository. Create free account to see spectra.  Includes: organic compounds, inorganic compounds, polymers, and additional substances, for these techniques: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), Infrared (IR), Raman, UV-Visible (UV-Vis), Mass Spectrometry (MS).



The SciFinder and REAXYS databases can be used to locate references to spectra and/or spectral data in the chemical literature. SciFinder provides online access to some spectra, REAXYX provides literature references only.



The REAXYS database can be used to locate spectra. Ask at the Reference Desk if you need help.


SciFinder Scholar     [Registration Required]  

One time registration is required to use SciFinder (available only to UC faculty, students, & staff).
[How to Register for SciFinder]

To find spectra in SciFinder:  Search for a chemical substance record, click the “Get References” button and limit to references associated with “Spectral Properties”.


Print Spectra

The Library has a large collection of print spectra. Frequently used titles are listed below, additional titles are available as well (browse the Reference or General collection shelves in the call number range QC437.A29 through QD421.H68 or search the Library catalog).


Aldrich Spectra

An easy to use collection of over 60,000 spectra.

Location: Shields Reference Area, mainly  (2nd Floor) and general collection (3rd floor)
Indexes: are located in the back of each multi-volume set.

Aldrich Library of 13 C and 1 H FT NMR spectra QD96 F68 P67 1993, Reference 3 volumes
Aldrich Library of FT-IR spectra QD96 I5 P66 1985, Reference 2 volumes
Aldrich Library of Infrared spectra QD96 I5 P67 1981, Reference 1 volume
Aldrich Library of NMR spectra QD96 N8 P68 1983, Reference 2 volumes
Aldrich Library of NMR spectra QC762 P68, General Collection 11 volumes



Sadtler Spectra

A very large collection of over 200,000 spectra.

Location: Shields General Collection (3rd  Floor)

Indexes: are separate volumes

Standard IR Grating Spectra QC457 S3 123 volumes
Ultra Violet Spectra QC459 S25 170 volumes
Standard Proton NMR Spectra QC762 S26 118 volumes
Carbon-13 NMR Spectra QC762 S28 210 volumes

Largest Sadtler Sets Are Listed Above.  Many smaller sets are available.


Science of Synthesis

Science of Synthesis provides an authoritative review of synthetic methods from the early 1800s to the present, for the field of organic and organometallic chemistry. Each method is evaluated and includes full experimental details. Source literature includes all published journal articles, books, and patent literature. Science of Synthesis is full-text, structure, and reaction searchable. A plug-in may be required for structure searching; chemical drawing packages can be used. The database also provides links to the primary literature and to related information in the Houben-Weyl electronic archive. (All 4 editions, and the supplemental “E-series” volumes, of the Houben-Weyl Methods of Molecular Transformations are included in Science of Synthesis.)

Coverage:  1800’s to present

Help: Pop-up blockers must be disabled to use Science of Synthesis.
Structure searching requires either Java applet capability, or the presence of ChemDraw or ISIS/Draw on the user’s computer.

Quick Start Guide (8 pages)  PDF

Quick Article Search (6 pages)  PDF

List of All Volumes


Organic Syntheses  

Also in print: Collective Volumes: Reference QD262 .O72;   Annual Volumes (last 5 years): Reference QD262 .O7

Organic Syntheses provides reliable, detailed methods for the preparation of organic compounds. Methods have been evaluated for reproducibility in the laboratory. Some procedures describe practical methods for the preparation of specific compounds; others illustrate important synthetic methods with general utility.

Online version: is freely available to the public and contains the contents of the entire series, up to one year before the present, searchable by chemical name, CAS Registry Number, other text terms, and by structure or substructure. Requires a Java-capable browser.

Print version:  Collective volumes include revised and updated syntheses from annual volumes. There is a cumulative index for the first eight collective volumes.


Inorganic Syntheses  

Provides detailed, tested methods for the synthesis of inorganic and organometallic compounds including boranes, synthetic metals, ceramic superconductors, etc.  Includes reaction yields and safety information.

Online version: is keyword searchable across the entire series; chapters may be displayed and printed as PDFs.

Print version (NRLF): has no collective volumes, but there is a collective index to volumes 1-30; and indexes cumulate every 5 volumes.

Options for accessing online journal articles are numerous and evolving.  See below for options.  Help or links to short videos are included.

Note: some of these options rely on new techniques for accessing library subscribed content (and therefore only work for journals where we have a paid online subscription).  Others provide easy access to open access articles or pre-prints, where no subscription is required.


For definitive info on what the UC Davis Library subscribes to:

Use the  UC Library Search: UCD Library Catalog setting or  the  Journals A-Z list


Use Interlibrary Loan:

to request articles  and books  we do not own or subscribe to

1. Google Scholar:    Configure to Show UC-eLinks

This allows you to easily access articles the UC Davis Library subscribes to online.
NOTE: to access subscribed content from off-campus, you must install and login to the VPN client.

From the Google Scholar Settings page:

Click on Library Links in the left toolbar

Search for and check these options:  (as shown in the image below)

Full -text at UC Library
Open WorldCat – Library Search

Click SAVE

Google Scholar configure to show UC-eLinks

Now when you search in Google Scholar: you should see the  UC-eLinks link on the right side of your search results.


1-2.  ADD Google Scholar  Button:

A browser add-on which installs a browser button for easy access to Google Scholar from any web page.

Search google for:”Google scholar button [name of your browser]”


Kopernio is a free browser plug-in made by Clarivate (Web of Science).  It uses journal subscription data from our SFX linker (UC-eLinks) to locate a legally authorized PDF of the article you are looking for.

Highly recommended. Install it in Chrome or Firefox.

After installing, look for the “View PDF” icon when using your browser to search for articles.  It appears in the lower left of your screen.

Kopernio video, 1 minute


3. Unpaywall:  plug-in

Helps you find open access articles through a Chrome/Firefox browser extension/plug-in and/or searching their open and legal database of open access articles.   Unpaywall harvests millions of free scholarly articles, harvested from over 50,000 publishers and institutional repositories.  Read more about Unpaywall and its integration with UC-eLinks and Web of Science.

After installing, look for the green unlocked padlock when using your browser to search for articles.  It appears in the middle right of your screen.

Unpaywall video, 1 minute


Similar to Unpaywall, the Open Access button provides both Chrome and Firefox extensions/plug-ins, or your can enter DOIs or citation info at the OA website.

Clicking on the extension button from a paywalled article initiates a search for that article and, where available, provides free access. When free access is not found, OA Button can contact the corresponding author directly to help them make a self-archived version available.

Open Access Button video, 1 minute


5. Browzine

BrowZine is a web-based journal engagement platform and mobile app.  It allows you to find, follow, and access library licensed e-journals on any device. BrowZine visually presents the library subscribed  e-journals in a browsable format.

More Info on Browzine at UC Davis

Getting Started with Browzine video, 11 minutes




As a researcher in the sciences, you will need to build up and maintain your professional and scholarly identity.  There are a variety of tips and tools to help you to do this and are described on the Your Scholarly Profile & Professional Identity Guide .




Consult the following Guide for maintaining your Scholarly Profile/ Professional Identification:

Your Scholarly Profile & Professional Identity

MENDELEY:   What it is & How to Get Help

Mendeley is citation management software.
Creating an account will give you access to both the web version and the desktop version.


Mendeley: Getting Started Guide


  • getting references into and out of Mendeley
  • using Mendeley with Word
  • Citation Styles, Journal Abbreviations, Managing References, Sharing & Collaborating



ENDNOTE:   What it is & How to Get Help

Endnote is citation management software that allows you to store, manage, and format bibliographic citations, and easily change formatting of citations in Word documents.  Available free to UC Davis students, faculty & staff (campus has a site license).
Two versions are available:

  • Endnote client/desktop:   Requires installation of software, more powerful, best choice for faculty and grad students. 
  • Endnote Online:   Requires online registration.  Usually the best choice for undergraduate students.  


Endnote: Getting Started Guide

Covers (for both versions):

  • getting references into and out of Endnote
  • using Endnote with Word
  • setting up Endnote Libraries, Preferences, Groups, and Journal Abbreviations

Citing the Literature:    Citation Formats & Journal Abbreviations for Physical Sciences & Engineering


Citation Guides:
Commonly used citation styles including: APA, CSE, Chicago, MLA and others.


ACS Style Guide, Chapter 14:
American Chemical Society (ACS) guidelines for citations of all types. See Table 14-2 (pgs 292-293) for common types of references with examples.


ACS Style Guide   An important reference for all chemists. In addition to providing citation guidelines, the ACS Style Guide includes chapters on:

  • Ethics in Scientific Publication
  • Writing Style and Word Usage
  • Peer Review
  • Copyright Basics
  • Electronic Submission of Manuscripts
  • conventions for forumulas, elements, substances, tables, etc.

Print: Reference: QD8.5 A25 [YEAR]


CASSI Journal Abbreviations:
Use to look up journal abbreviations used in chemistry.


Engineering:  IEEE Citation Reference    5 page PDF
Short & efficient guide to IEEE/engineering citation format.


Engineering:  IEEE Editorial Style Manual    54 page PDF
Citation formats and editorial guidelines for IEEE Transactions, Journals, and Letters.  Includes abbreviations for IEEE publications.

Guides/resources created for library classes taught for the Chemistry department are listed here

Chemistry 293: Grad Seminar: ORCID and CRediT Slides
Fall 2019

Chem124L: Laboratory Methods in Inorganic Chemistry
Daniel Walters,   Spring quarter