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Chemistry Library

 

List of useful databases

These databases are of particular interest for chemists. See also this Chemical Data guide.

The University subscribes to many other databases in other disciplines that may be of interest to you, see the A-Z Databases website.

Database 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  
bioRxiv Preprint server for biology (life sciences generally) but some fields may overlap with chemistry, e.g. biochemistry, genomics, cell biology. Public  
 
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 via Raven login)  
Cambridge Structural Database (CSD)  World’s repository for small-molecule organic and metal-organic crystal structures.  Public, via WebCSD The standalone CSD application can easily be added to managed Windows computers within the Department of Chemistry via WPKG, and can also be accessed on the Managed Cluster Service computers throughout the University & in Colleges. Follow the link on the left for more information.
ChEBI (Chemical Entities of Biological Interest)   Freely available dictionary of molecular entities focused on ‘small’ chemical entities. Public  
ChEMBL ChEMBL is a manually curated database of bioactive molecules with drug-like properties. It brings together chemical, bioactivity and genomic data to aid the translation of genomic information into effective new drugs. Public  
ChemRxiv Pre-print server for a broad range of chemistry fields. Public Preprints come from the author's original files, and are not prepared for publication.
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)  
Crystallography Open Database, COD

Open-access collection of crystal structures of organic, inorganic, metal-organics compounds and minerals, excluding biopolymers.

Public  
e-EROS (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)  
Google Dataset search Dataset Search enables users to find datasets stored across the Web through a simple keyword search. The tool surfaces information about datasets hosted in thousands of repositories across the Web. Public  
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)  
Physical Sciences Data-Science Service (PSDS)

The PSDS provides a common access point to data resources within the Physical Sciences to all staff, students and other members of UK academic institutions. 

Resources currently provided are: CSD (Cambridge Structural Database), CrystalWorks (crystallographic structural data), ICSD (Inorganic Crystal Structure Database), ACD/I-Lab (properties data), DETHERM (thermophysical data), ChemSpider (chemical structures), SpresiWeb (structure and reaction data).

On campus: apart from the CSD (Cambridge Structural Database, please see above), all services are accessed via web interfaces, for free.

Off-campus: apart from the CSD (please see above), you will need to visit the PSDS registration page to request a PSDS username and password. Access is free. See their website for more information.

 

PQDT (ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Abstracting & Indexing Service)

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.
PQDT Open (ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Open) Open Access theses published under ProQuest's Open Access Publishing Public  
PubChem PubChem is the world's largest collection of freely accessible chemical information. Search chemicals by name, molecular formula, structure, and other identifiers. Find chemical and physical properties, biological activities, safety and toxicity information, patents, literature citations and more. You can browse data and draw structures to search. 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 and apps available (via your app store). 

re3data.org Re3data is a global registry of research data repositories that covers research data repositories from different academic disciplines. It includes repositories that enable permanent storage of and access to data sets to researchers, funding bodies, publishers, and scholarly institutions. re3data.org promotes a culture of sharing, increased access and better visibility of research data.  Public  
Reaxys, incorporating 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-n 

Please be aware that the subscription to SciFinder will be cancelled with effect from 1 October 2020.

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 (requires registration for a personal account that can be accessed on- and off-campus) 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)  
Spectral Database for Organic Compounds, SDBS SDBS is an integrated spectral database system for organic compounds,which includes 6 different types of spectra under a directory of the compounds: an electron impact Mass spectrum (EI-MS), a Fourier transform infrared spectrum (FT-IR), a 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrum, a 13C NMR spectrum, a laser Raman spectrum, and an electron spin resonance (ESR) spectrum. Public  
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 (requires Raven login on- and off-campus). Mobile version available.