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Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Getting Started
  1. To search for BACKGROUND information, use Credo Reference or Gale Virtual Reference Library .
  2. To search for BOOKS and DVDS owned by Sage, use the Libraries Catalog.
  3. To search for JOURNAL, MAGAZINE or NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, use Scifinder or Science Direct .
Find Journal Articles

The best database for Chemistry and Biochemistry topics is Scifinder .

A research discovery tool that allows you to explore the CAS databases containing literature from many scientific disciplines including biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, materials science, agricultural science and more! Please note: this database requires a special registration.

The next set of databases are also very relevant:

Academic Search Elite Restricted Resource Some full text available
Provides full text for more than 2,100 journals, including more than 1,700 peer-reviewed titles. It covers a wide variety of topics including computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, history, and ethnic studies.

ProQuest Central Restricted Resource Some full text available
Comprehensive research database covering nearly every academic discipline.

ProQuest Science & Technology Restricted Resource Some full text available
A subset of 10 databases covering science & technology

Science Direct Restricted Resource Some full text available
A collection of scholarly journals covering science, technology, medicine, social sciences and humanities.

The following set of databases might also be useful depending on your topic:

Academic Onefile Restricted Resource Some full text available
A multi-disciplinary database containing thousands of journals and reference sources.

Dissertations & Theses: Full Text Restricted Resource
Comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1861 to the present day and offering full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997.

Medline Restricted Resource Some full text available
Produced by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences and more.

PubMed Restricted Resource Some full text available
The search service for the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.


Locating Journal Articles

Many of these databases, provide full text coverage. You will often see links that you can click on to connect directly to an article. Look for "PDF Full Text," "HTML Full Text" or "Linked Full Text" somewhere on the page. Examples are below:

 The Find Full Text symbol indicates that Sage may own the material, but it is housed in a different database or journal. Clicking this link will bring you to the article in full text, if owned by Sage.

If full text access is NOT available through the Sage databases, you may request the journal article via Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

If you have a citation for a specific journal or newspaper article, click here for instructions to learn how to locate the article using the "Journals A-Z" portal.
Find Books

Search the Sage Libraries Catalog for books, eBooks and DVDs:

There are several ways to search the catalog with keyword searching the most basic. A keyword search is the default search option in the Libraries catalog. Use the catalog's "Advanced Search" to search by author, title, call number, ISBN number or subject. You may also limit your search to a specific library (Albany or Troy).

RESEARCH TIP: Use a thesaurus to find synonyms to expand your keyword searches.

To find the book on the shelf, you will need to know the library (Albany or Troy), shelving location (Main, New Books, etc.) and call number. This information can be found on the item record (see example below). If you find a book in the catalog but it is on the opposite campus, storage or otherwise inaccesible, use the "Place Hold" function to request the book.


All eBooks owned by Sage can be found by searching the Libraries' catalog. You may also search these eBooks collections separately. eBooks may be downloaded to an eReader device. See here for downloading instructions.

Not finding what you need?

Try searching WorldCat, a catalog of books, media and journals in libraries around the world. You can use Sage's Interlibrary Loan service (ILL) to borrow books from other libraries.
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Keyword Search Tips
  1. Consider adding one of these terms to your search terms: biomass, floodplanes, herbicide.
  2. Break down your topic into smaller concepts and identify synonyms for those concepts.
  3. Use "AND" to combine terms in your search, i.e. "hazardous waste and deforestation"
  4. Use "OR" to expand your results, i.e. "oil shale or fracking"
  5. Use QUOTATION MARKS to delineate a group of words as a phrase, i.e. "Clean Air Act"

For more search tips, see one of these tutorials:

Citing Sources
General Online Guides (all of these guides can help you cite Chemistry and Biochemistry assignments)

Purdue Online Writing Lab
W.W. Norton's "Write Site" (Little Seagull Handbook publisher)

Copies of the major style manuals can be found at the Information Desk in either Library.
Evaluating Websites
There are numerous websites and blogs available on the internet but some may not be accurate, creditable or useful for Chemistry. Therefore, you should always carefully evaluate a source - no matter how reliable it seems to be - before using it for your research. Use a TRAP to evaluate materials for quality.

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Useful Websites
General Resources
 ACS Education Center- The ACS Education Center displays education information for students of all levels of experience.

ACS Scholarships and Awards- This link contains information on ACS sponsored scholarships and awards.

Chem1 Virtual Textbook- An online resource that focuses on commonly used themes in basic chemistry courses.

ChemCollective- This educational resources displays resources on different types of chemistry, virtual labs, tutorials, and scenario-based activities.

DMOZ Chemistry and Biochemistry Website Index- This site displays a variety of chemistry and biochemistry related sites that are related to specific subjects within chemistry and biochemistry.

General Chemistry Online- Displays exam help, glossaries, and a common compound library.

National Science Foundation Statistics- Offers current science and engineering statistics from the National Science Foundation.

WebElements Periodic Table- This site offers an interactive and detailed periodic table.

Job Market Information
ACS Careers- This site offers job listings, leadership and subject specialty training, and a careers blog.

ASBMB Careers- This site displays job postings as well as blogs, opinion pieces and case studies.
Browsing Chemistry and Biochemistry Books
The Sage Libraries uses the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) system to organize its book collection. Chemistry and Biochemistry books can be found in the following sections:
QD1-999 Chemistry
QD71-142 Analytical chemistry
QD146-197 Inorganic Chemistry
QD241-441 Organic chemistry
QD415-436 Biochemistry
QD450-801 Physical and theoretical chemistry
QD625-655 Radiation chemistry
QD701-731 Photochemistry