The following resources contain information relating to all areas of chemistry. Some of the home pages contain links to other potential resources.

  • The American Chemical Society now provides via DGRweb an on-line version of the Directory of Graduate Research.
  • Google Books provides cover-to-cover access to many classics in chemistry such as Pauling's Nature of the chemical Bond. As copyright issues are resolved, the coverage will greatly increase.
  • The official Web page of the American Chemical Society will provide entry to the resources of the society. The ACS also provides access to information including instructions to authors via its Chem Center Web page.
  • SciTechResources is a master index to technical services and data maintained by the U.S. government. An additional gateway is SCIENCE.GOV.
  • Chemicals Technology is an online resource that provides news reports on developments in the chemical industry.
  • Gerry McKiernan, the Science Librarian at Iowa State University, maintains JAS (Journal Abbreviations Source). JAS is a registry of Web sites that list or provide access to the full title of abbreviated journal titles. The links cover all the sciences and social sciences.
  • Chemistry Resource Locator , that is maintained by the Chemical Society, offers a useful collection of links to European chemical societies, scientific software, publishers, and host of other useful information.
  • The Chemical Industry Supplier Directory in an online, searchable directory of 15,000 suppliers of chemicals. eMolecules, temporarily called Chmoogle, is a search engine that provides information on properties and suppliers. It includes substructure searching. To initiate a search, the user can draw the structure or provide the name, CAS registry number, or SMILES string. RD Chemicals is another free service of suppliers as well as information on compounds. MedicRegister is a compilation of suppliers in the medical industry including pharmaceuticals. The webmaster for MedicRegister also maintain Chemical Register and Biosciences Register, portals to supplies for work in chemistry and biochemistry. Core Index is an electronic yellow pages to suppliers and purchasers of a wide range of products including chemicals and equipment. You have to register in order to have full access to the data.  LookChem is another Web directory of suppliers of chemicals.  It specializes on vendors in China.
  • The Laboratory Network is directed to buyers and sellers of new and used scientific equipment as a forum for the purchase and sale of lab products at competitive prices.
  • Henry Rzepa is the grand master of users of the WWW in chemistry. His GIC (Global Instructional Chemistry) has a search engine which will fetch out tutorials on a wide range of topics. The Web page also contains links to documents on how to write a chemical home page and how to access browsers for reading chemical MIME types.
  • Dr. Gabor Lente maintains an invaluable listing of chemistry animations and movies on the WWW. Mol4D, a Web site at the University of Nijmegen, provides animations that illustrate elements of organic chemistry. Mark Gerstein of Yale University provides a Database of Molecular Movements, devoted to animations of protein motion and protein-substrate interactions.
  • Chemindustry is a Web search engine that is dedicated to all areas of chemistry and chemical engineering. It is worth a try if you are looking for sources of information.
  • Rolf Claessen's Chemistry Index is an extensive collection of links to all areas of chemistry. His site is well worth a visit.
  • Links for Chemists maintained at the University of Liverpool is another comprehensive set of links (over 5000) to chemical resources including a very extensive set of links to academic chemistry departments throughout the world. I recommend this list if you wish to obtain information on a particular department. A web site maintained at Carolina (UNC-Chapel Hill) has a convenient list of links to departmental Websites.
  • A commercial omnibus Web site for chemists is ChemWeb that is produced by Elsevier. The site includes the ChemInform system that provides access to the literature in organic chemistry dating back to 1980.
  • The Information Retrieval in Chemistry WWW server in Athens, Greece has a large collection of links covering all areas of chemistry. If you click your way through this labyrinth, your effort will be rewarded.
  • An impressive and comprehensive set of links to data is Jim Martindale's The Reference Deck. Martindale's list has been carefully assembled and every link that I have checked leads to a useful resource.
  • Another collection of links to Web sites with chemical data is ChemSpy.
  • ECTOC is a hyperglossary which is designed to fetch information about specific compounds and classes of compounds. The database is new and you won't get many hits now. We hope that it will expand in the future.
  • How Stuff Works is an on-line equivalent of the book How Things Work.
  • Faith James maintains Masters Degree Online, a thorough compendium of master programs.  Students interested in applying for a MS or MA program will benefit from her Web page.
  • KWIPPED is a useful page for scientists who wish to rent a piece of expensive equipment rather than purchase it.
  • The US National Academies of Science has recently released an updated version of “Prudent Practices in the Laboratory: Handling and Disposal of Chemicals”.  You can access all sections of this authoritative monograph electronically.  Dow Chemical Company provides access to Dow Lab Safety Academy, a comprehensive set of training videos on Laboratory Safety.


  • The American Institute of Physics (AIP) has crafted its History of Physics page with short biographical essays on prominent physicists such as Einstein and Heisenberg.
  • The Panopticon Lavoisier is a collection of his written work and images of instruments constructed by Lovoisier. The intent of the developers is to provide access to the entire opus of his scientific contributions.
  • The Newton Project, based at the University of London, has the goal of providing access to all of Newton's written work, both published and unpublished. Edited facsimiles of documents are provided. Note that Newton devoted considerable effort to the study of alchemy.
  • John Campbell of the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand has created a Web site dedicated to the life and achievements of the Nobel Laureate Ernest Rutherford.
  • Britian's Wellcome Trust now provides Web access to its archive devoted to the biophysicist Francis Crick. The US National Library of Medicine also provides Web access to the papers of Francis Crick.
  • Eureka! A site at NYU is devoted to the Greek mathematician and scientist Archimedes.



The following section contains links to online sources of primary and secondary chemical literature. The list was primarily obtained from S. L. Wilkinson, "A Guide to Digital Literature", C&EN, pp. 30-33, 7 Jan. 2002. Note that most chemical databases are proprietary and were developed with private funds. Hence, the user is expected to pay for their development.

  • The Lund University Libraries maintain DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals). DOAJ provides a comprehensive set of links to on-line journals that do not charge for access to the full article.
  • ACS publications, free searching of the society's journals and access to abstracts. The full text of each article is available but for a fee.
  • arXiv, a free server for thousands of reprints in physics and related fields. The server was recently moved from LANL to Cornell Univ.
  • BioMed Central, free access to meeting abstracts and peer-reviewed articles in more than 50 online biology and medicine jounrnals published by Current Science.
  • BioMedNet, access to more than 100 Elsevier medical journals and databases, free abstract, payment required for access to the full text.
  • BioOne, access for institutions to peer-reviewed journals in biological, environmental, and ecological science from 35 publishers
  • California Digital Library. This is the electronic access to most of the scientific literature. Unlike Ohio's digital project, it is only available to faculty, students, and staff at public institutions in California.
  • Chemical Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts has just completed the monumental task of converting its entire database to an electronic format. Chemical Abstracts allows one to search the entire chemical literature back to 1907. In order to search the literature prior to 1907, refer to the monumental reference works developed by Beilstein, Gmelin, and Landolt. The best search engine for Chemical Abstracts is SciFinder Scholar. Chemical Abstracts is not free. The user pays for the development of this massive but totally comprehensive database.
  • Chemical Physics Preprint Database, electronic archive to preprint of work in chemical physics, free access
  • ChemWeb, another product of Elsevier directed to the chemist, free access to abstracts, but access to databases and th efull text of articles requires a subscription or payment
  • ChemPort, a link to the literature. This service is available to subscribers or on a pay-per-view basis. Suppose you find a hit to an article via Chemical Abstracts. ChemPort will connect you to the full text of the article if it is available electronically BUT for a fee. 135 publishers are participating in this venture.
  • CrossFire. Beilstein's Handbuch der organischen Chemie and Gmelin's Handbuch der anorganischen Chemie are the great reference works of organic and inorganic chemistry. The printed works are now published auf English. Sic transit gloria Germaniae! CrossFire is the electronic access to these monumental but not free databases.
  • eConf, free electronic access to proceedings of meetings in high-energy physics
  • Enviro-Science E-Print Service, a service of the DOE, DOD, and EPA. Access to manuscripts, book chapters, and conference papers related to environmental science
  • GetInfo, means to search the literature and order full-text articles, a service of FIZ, ACS's partner in Germany
  • HighWire Press provides full-text electronic access to articles in more than 250 journals. Some are free.
  • Information Bridge, electronic access to reports from DOE national labs
  • Infotrieve, Search for citations and abstracts to more than 35,000 journals. Fee for access to the full text of the article.
  • Ingenta, access for a fee to the full text of journals from 170 publishers
  • ISI Web of Science. ISI developed Current Contents and Science Citation Index, very powerful bibliographic tools. Web of Science is the electronic combination of its search tools.
  • JSTOR is an important project in which important yet infrequently used journals are scanned and converted into an electronic format. The coverage of journals in the sciences is presently light.
  • NDLTD, a searchable database of electronic copies of doctoral dissertations
  • PrePrint Network, access to DOE preprint servers
  • PubMed, FREE searches of the massive Medline database from more than 4,300 journals. You pay for this every 15 April.
  • PubMed Central, access to articles in journals from a limited number of publishers, a service of the NIH
  • PubScience, a counterpart to PubMed, free searches of abstracts from more than 1300 journals in the physical sciences, links to the full text but for a fee
  • ScienceDirect, Elsevier's link to all its journals, access to the full text BUT for a fee
  • SLAC SPIRES HEP, access to a massive electronic library of preprints, reports, and theses in high-energy physics
  • sciBASE, free search of abstracts from more than 30,000 journals. The user can purchase items for delivery. Online access for a fee is possble in many cases.
  • Wiley Interscience, for-fee electronic access to articles in Wiley's stable of journals.
  • Chemweb is maintaining a preprint server. You have to register with ChemWSeb in order to use the service.
  • The JCE Digital Library provides WWW access to the archives of the Journal of Chemical Education.

Textbook Revolution provides online access to selected textbooks and monographs in the areas of biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics, and physics.


The following section contains links to Web pages devoted to mathematics and statistics, topics of great interest to every chemist.

  • The Statistical Assessment Service has assembled a very instructive collection of the abuses of statistics.
  • Chapters from the SEMATECH Engineering Statistics Handbook are available in pdf format at NIST site.
  • VESTAC is an instructive set of Java applets for visualization of concepts in statistics.
  • MathWorld, sponsored by Wolfram Research, is an online encyclopedia of mathematics. A parallel site is Eric Weisstein's Treasure Troves of Science.
  • The Probability Web, hosted by Carleton College, offers a wide array of resources in probability. Abramowitz and Stegun, Handbook of Mathematical Functions, is the standard reference work for many areas of mathematics. NIST is slowly updating it and converting it to the Digital Library of Mathematical Functions.
  • The libraries of Cornell University and the University of Michigan are making available in a full-text format the classic works of mathematics, e.g. the work of Gauss.
  • Nathan Egge and Aaron Krowne have developed PlanetMath, a virtual encyclopedia devoted to mathematics.
  • EqWorld, maintained at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, is a collection of pdf files on mathematical equations, their properties and solutions.
  • The National Research Council released in 2011 the third edition of its Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence.  The manual is oriented to the legal community and have extensive discussions on the assessment of evidence.


Although the MolData is primarily an annotated bibliography of sources of chemical data, some sites which offer free software are particularly worthy of mention.

  • You can use IsisDraw which is provided free by MDLI to draw the structures of molecules and cut and paste the structure into a Microsoft Word document. The package provides much of the power of ChemDraw. MDLI uses IsisDraw as the front end to its chemical databases. MDLI also provides a very nice viewer, Chime.

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last updated, 24 December 2015