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Welcome to the Chemistry Research Guide!

Typical ways we can help include knowing where to get started, using databases, finding data, getting resources from other academic libraries, and wanting to know how best to find the most important and current research resources when doing a lab, major paper, or theses. 

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ChemDraw software is available to the Brock Community to assist with creating structures and reactions. Cambridge Crystallography Database (WebCSD) is licensed by the Brock Library, but administered by Razvan Simionescu in the Chemistry Department.

Most often used resources in this guide include OmniGoogle ScholarGoogle BooksWeb of Science, SciFinder-n, Brock Chemistry full-text digital Ph.D. dissertations, Biotechnology dissertations, Chemistry M.Sc. theses and Biotechnology theses.

New open databases include DimensionsCOREBASEPaperitySemantic Scholar, WorldWideScience.orgZenodo.

ACS Molecule of the Week (and molecule archive!)

CAS Blog on chemistry, science and current events that make the news!


Brock Library DSL Workshop videos

Reaxys - How to Find Relevant Answers Quickly (Dec 8 2021, Brock DSL Workshop, 48:31)

SciFinder-n Training  (Dec 8, 2021, Brock DSL Workshop, 45:58)


Organic Chemistry Resources, Textbooks & OERs

How to Succeed in Organic Chemistry (2020, Elliott, textbook on Library Reserve)

McGraw-Hill's 500 Organic Chemistry Questions: Ace your College Exams (2013)

A Q&A Approach to Organic Chemistry (2020, Smith) - questions / textbook

Practical Synthetic Organic Chemistry Chemistry: Reactions, Principles, and Techniques (2020, textbook)

Organic Synthesis (2011, Smith, textbook)

Modern Organic Synthesis: An Introduction (2017, Zweifel, textbook)

Introduction to Strategies for Organic Synthesis (2018, Starkey, textbook)

Organic Chemistry I (OER, Liu)

Organic Chemistry with a Biological Emphasis (OER, Soderberg, 2012)