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Journal articles

Choose by subject area or begin with one of the four Major Databases:


  • SciFinder (Chemical Abstracts): The most comprehensive resource for finding articles in chemistry. Provides multiple search options, such as Research Topic or Chemical Substance (structure, name, CAS-RN, molecular formula).
  • American Chemical Society (ACS) Journals: Full text access to more than 30 journals published by ACS.
  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Journals: Full text access to more than 30 journals published by RSC.
  • Journal of Chemical Education: Geared towards chemistry teachers but also a great resource for students with reviews of new areas in chemistry, classroom demonstrations, and laboratory experiments.
  • CCINFOweb: CCINFOweb of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) provides access to several health and safety databases.
  • TOXNET: *No longer available* - The National Library of Medicine has integrated this collection of databases covering toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and related areas into various other resources.  See the list. This includes TOXLINE with more than 3 million citations on the biochemical, pharmacological, physiological, and toxicological effects of drugs and other chemicals.
  • Catalysts & Catalyzed Reactions (replaced by Synthetic Reaction Updates): Abstracts, with reactions and citations, from over 80 journals. Coverage includes all areas of catalysis research, including homogeneous, heterogeneous and biocatalysis with emphasis on current growth areas such as chiral catalysts, polymerisation catalysts, enzymatic catalysts and clean catalytic methods.
  • Analytical Abstracts: Abstracts from 1980 to present and covers over 100 journals. Searchable by analyte, technique or matrix.
  • Natural Product Updates Online: Selected citations from over 100 journals. Covers isolation studies, biosynthesis, new natural products, known compounds from new sources, structure determinations, new properties and biological activities.

Biology and Medicine

  • PubMed (Medline): Abstracts to worldwide biomedical literature.
  • BIOSIS Previews: Most comprehensive life sciences index with content from Biological Abstracts. Search Chemical & Biochemical field by chemical, gene name, sequence terms or CAS-RN.



  • Web of Science: Includes Science Citation Index Expanded with extensive coverage of the journal literature of the sciences.
  • ScienceDirect: Full text of more than 1,700 Elsevier Science journals. Those titles not available are identified by a white icon indicating "non-subscribed".

Dictionaries and encyclopedias

Dissertations and theses

NOTE: Check out Concordia University Library's guide on How to find theses.


  • SciFinder (Chemical Abstracts): The most comprehensive resource for chemistry. Limit by DOCUMENT TYPE for PATENT.
  • Reaxys: Limit by Document Type (in the lefthand menu on the results screen) for Patent
  • BIOSIS Previews (via Web of Knowledge): Most comprehensive life sciences index with content from Biological Abstracts. Limit the DOCUMENT TYPE to PATENTS, searchable by date granted, US patent number, and other details.

NOTE: Visit the Libraries' guide to Patents & Trademarks to find patents for Canada, the United States and Europe.

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