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Chemistry Research Guide

Finding Articles


Article databases provide references, abstracts and sometimes the full article from journals, magazines, books and other published literature. See Research Tips for information on how to search article databases.

Encyclopedia with fulltext coverage of all areas of science and technology.

ACS - American Chemical Society Publications
Fulltext Chemistry related journals and magazines. 1996 to present.

AIP- American Institute of Physics Journals
Applied physics journals. 1991 to present. Fulltext.

ASFA 3: Aquatic Pollution and Environmental Quality
Citations and abstracts about research and policy on the contamination of oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, and estuaries. To access, click on SELECT SUBFILES next to Environmental Sciences and Pollution Mgmt. 1990 to present.

Biological Abstracts
Biological Abstracts®, produced by BIOSIS, is a complete collection of bibliographic references covering life science and biomedical research literature published from more than 4,000 journals internationally. This database contains nearly 7.7 million archival records from as far back as 1969, with more than 370,000 citations added each year. 1996 - present

Access full text journals in biology, ecology and the environmental sciences.

Chemical Abstracts
Chemical Abstracts Online (STN) covers all areas of chemistry, biochemistry and chemical engineering. Includes journal articles, patents, technical reports, books and conference proceedings. Links to fulltext ACS publications. 1907 to present. Requires password and training. For more information contact Reference.

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
Searchable handbook of chemical property and constants data, and other basic chemical and physics information.

RSC - Royal Society of Chemistry Journals
Chemistry journals. Full text All Chemistry journals available online at WSU

ScienceDirect College Edition: Physical Sciences Journals Collection
Science Direct College Edition is a database of full-text, high quality journals published by Elsevier. The database consists of 3 different collections--Social & Behavioral Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Health & Life Sciences. Citations & abstracts are provided for pre- 2002 information and for Elsevier journals the library does not subscribe to. 2002 - present.

See also E-Journals Available at WSU

Finding Books

Using Catalogs: Search the Stewart Library web catalog to find books, videos, and journals available in the Library. Most of the books on Chemistry are located on the top level of the library in the General Collection under the call letter QD.

Interlibrary Loan: If we do not own a particular book or article you need, we will borrow it for you from another library through Interlibrary Loan.

From Bookstores: Order books online from Amazon Books or Barnes and Noble. Also use Books in Print sources as needed.

Reference Resources

Reference resources include encyclopedias, dictionaries and other materials you use to "refer" to. Use these resources for background information on a topic.

In Library - Selected Reference Resources - Reference Area

Encyclopedias and Handbooks

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics Ref Table 8B QD 65 .C4
CRC Handbook or Laboratory Safety Ref QD 51 .C73
Chemical Technician's Ready Reference Handbook Ref Table 8B QD 61 .S58
Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary Ref QD 5 .C5
Kirk-Othmer's Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology Ref TP 6 .E685
Lange's Handbook of Chemistry Ref Table 8B QD 65 .L36
MacMillan Encyclopedia of Chemistry Ref QD 4 .M33
Merck Index Ref Table 8b RS 51 .M4
Official Methods of Analysis of the AOAC International Ref S 587. A73
Perry's Chemical Engineer's Handbook Ref Table 8b TP 151 .P45
Dictionary of Inorganic Compounds Ref QD 148 .D53
Comprehensive Organic Synthesis Ref QD 262 .C535
Dictionary of Organic Compounds Ref QD 246 .D6
Dictionary of Organometallic Compounds Ref QD 246 .D53

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Web Resources- See Chemistry Sources on the Internet

Research Tips

Steps to finding primary research articles

  1. Define your search topic
    • Find research articles the separation of fentanyl using hplc
  2. Identify keywords and synonymous terms
    • fentanyl 84-72-2 (Chemical Abstracts registry number - found in chemical catalogs and online)
    • hplc, high performance liquid chromatography
  3. Use the truncation symbol (*) to search for various word endings
    • See the article database help screens for the truncation symbol
      • chromatog*, chromatograph*, chromatograph*
  4. Combine concepts using Boolean operators.
  • OR => combines similar terms together into one set of results
    • (hplc or high performance liquid chromatography)
    • (fentanyl or 84-72-2)
  • AND => combines different concepts together into one set
    • hplc and fentanyl
    • (hplc or high performance liquid chromatography ) and (fentanyl or 84-72-2)

    Note:  when combining "or" statements with "and" statements use parentheses around the "or" statements

Obtaining Journal Articles from an Article Database Search

If you are in a database, use the following steps to find the full-text of the article:

  1. If the article is available full-text in the database, click on the HTML, PDF, Linked-Full Text link to view the article. 
  2. If the article is not available, click on the Find Full Text link. Read the screen carefully to determine whether the article is available in another database.  If there is a link to the article, click on it and the article should appear.
  3. If the Library does not have the journal listed in the reference, the article may be requested through the InterLibrary Loan Office. Request forms are available through the library's web site at


If you only have the reference to the article:

  1. Search the EJournals list to determine if the journal/article is available electronically.
    1. Search under Title begins with - Infection and Immunity
    2. Note the databases in which the journal is available
    3. Note the dates available for the journal in the databases
    4. Browse or search the selected database for the article
  2. InterLibrary Loan: If the Library does not have the journal listed in the reference, the article may be requested through the InterLibrary Loan Office. Request forms are available through the library's web site at

All bound journals are located on the second floor of the Library. All current unbound journal issues (approx. last 6 months) are located in Current Periodicals on the main floor.

Ask for Assistance at Reference, via phone or email.

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Updated December 30, 2008 . Please send comments to JaNae Kinikin, Science Librarian
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