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List of useful databases

List of useful databases



What is it good for? Access Notes
arXiv Highly-automated electronic archive and distribution server for research articles. Open access to 1,094,715 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics. Public  
British Standards Online (BSOL) A comprehensive library of over 90,000 internationally recognised standards. It’s available 24/7 and revised every single day. You can also access ASTM, ISO, CEN, CENELEC and IEC on BSOL. University-subscribed Off-campus access currently available via this link. Raven authenticated access is coming soon.
Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) World’s repository for small-molecule organic and metal-organic crystal structures. Comprehensive and fully retrospective coverage of the published literature. Public

University-wide access to WebCSD is available, please email the CSD site contact at

Access via IP address to WebCSD is available within the Department of Chemistry only (including the Library computers on the MCS network). If you have problems accessing it via the above link please email the CSD site contact at

For local client installation of CSD in the Department of Chemistry (access to Conquest, IsoStar, Mercury, Mogul, PreQuest, Vista). Please refer to the Chemistry Computing website for more information or email the CSD site contact at

Those using the latest version of the Mac operating system (Yosemite) may find that the Cambridge Crystallographic Database has stopped working. The solution is to re-install the current version of XQuartz (even if the installation is up to date). This is available from:

ChEBI (Chemical Entities of Biological Interest) Freely available dictionary of molecular entities focused on ‘small’ chemical entities. Public  
ChemSpider Free chemical structure database providing fast text and structure search access to over 35 million structures from hundreds of data sources. Public

Link from ChemSpider to the Crystallography Open Database.

See also the ChemSpider Synthetic Pages.

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics Tables of data and current international recommendations on nomenclature, symbols, and units. University-subscribed (off-campus access via Raven login)  


(Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis)

Reference work for reagents and catalysts for the study or organic synthesis. Detailed information on more than 4,500 reagents and catalysts, and every year more than 200 new or updated articles are added. University-subscribed (off-campus access via Raven login)  
Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology Articles on chemical substances, including their properties, manufacturing, and uses. Focuses on industrial processes and unit operations in chemical engineering. Covers fundamentals and scientific subjects related to the field and  environmental and health issues concerning chemical technology. University-subscribed (off-campus access via Raven login)  
Pharmaceutical Substances

Information relating to the industrial synthesis and commercial applications of every licensed drug of significance. Provides access to syntheses, patents, and applications for over 2,600 active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).

University-subscribed (off-campus access via Raven login)  
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses A&I A comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, dating from 1743 to the present.  University-subscribed (off-campus access via Raven login) Access for members of the University of Cambridge is to the abstracts only. Full text can either be purchased online via ProQuest or through our Document Supply service. 
PubChem Information on the biological activities of small molecules. Includes substance information, compound structures, and BioActivity data in three primary databases: Pcsubstance; Pccompound; and PCBioAssay. Links to PubMed scientific literature and NCBI's protein 3D structure resource. Public  
PubMed 25m+ citations for biomedical literature indexed by MEDLINE (U.S. National Library Medicine citation database), life science journals, and online books. Includes links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites (where subscribed). Public

CamPubMed: Cambridge interface that displays '@cam find full-text' links.

Mobile version available.

Reaxys, including Reaxys Medicinal Chemistry

Reaxys offers synthesis planning and includes experimental structure, reaction and property data from essential journals, patents, conference proceedings and textbook chapters. Links to the full text (where subscribed).

Reaxys Medicinal Chemistry content includes: structure–activity relationship (SAR) profiles; data from in vivo animal studies; in vitro efficacy, pharmacokinetic, toxicity and safety data; in vitro metabolic profiles, for drug discovery and development.

University-subscribed (off-campus access via Raven login)   
SciFinder Combined information from patents, journals, dissertations, abstracts, reviews, books, reputable web sources and more. Find relevant substances, reactions or journal and patent references. University-subscribed (off-campus access via Raven login) SciFinder mobile version available.
Scopus 21,000+ journal titles (30% physical sciences), 120,00 books, 6.8m conference papers
27m patents. Of 54m records, 33m date from 1996 and 21m pre-1996 records go back to 1823. Links to the full text (where subscribed). Links to metrics data for citations.
University-subscribed (off-campus access via Raven login)  
Springer Materials (including Landolt-Börnstein)

SpringerMaterials provides curated data and advanced functionalities to support research in materials science, physics, chemistry, engineering, and other related fields.

A comprehensive database covering multiple material classes, property types, and applications.

Enhanced data visualization features display interactive crystal structures, data tables, and phase diagrams with export options for further analysis.

Search functions optimized for materials science like elemental composition or chemical structure searching to quickly find material property data.

University-subscribed (off-campus access via Raven login)  
Toxline Bibliographic citations and abstracts from the core journal literature in all areas of toxicology, including chemicals and pharmaceuticals, pesticides, environmental pollutants and mutagens and teratogens. University-subscribed (off-campus access via Raven login) See also Toxnet Toxicology Data network for databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases.
Web of Science 8,500+ science journal titles, 60,000+ scholarly books, 160,000+ conference proceedings (1990-), 51.8m+ patents, 55m records dating from 1900. Cited reference and chemical structure searches. Links to metrics data for citations. Links to the full text (where subscribed). University-subscribed (off-campus access via Raven login)

Requires Raven login on- and off-campus.

Mobile version available.