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CHEMI 2251: Library Research

Use the Library in Person and Virtually

We're excited to announce that the library is now open.  Learn more about hours and access to library items here.

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Want to study with a group? We offer both in person and virtual study rooms

Using Knovel

You'll want to start by using the search box to find the "Basic Physical Properties of Chemical Compounds" table.  (Make sure you pick the option that is labeled "Knovel Critical Tables," not the sample.)

Once you've opened that, input your compound information and see what comes up.  

CRC Handbook Online

Use the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics to look up important chemical information about your compounds/sources. 

Head to the glass beaker image in the upper right hand corner .

Draw your molecule in the box. Once you have a list of results, click on the details page and head to the bottom of that new info.  Click on the link that says "Section 3, Physical Constants of Organic Compounds" to find the full information about your molecule/compound.

Merck Index

Merck Index is another online (and print) authoritative source about chemical compounds. 

Click "structure search" in the top green toolbar to draw your structure and find more about it. 

Using SciFinder/Pub Chem

You'll need a SciFinder account in order to search this database.  Find out how to create one here. 

Once your account has been created, click "Go to SciFinder" and then "Continue."  Once you see the database search screen, look at the Substance Identifier menu to the left and pick an option. 

Questions about searching Scifinder? Check out the guide below: 

Drug Information: PubChem

Let's start by gathering information about your assigned drug.  You'll want to look at both PubChem and Micromedex, as they provide different information about what your drug is and does, as well as why it has been flagged as a potentially helpful drug that should be tested for use against COVID-19.


Watch the video to see how to get PubChem to give you a citation for your information. 

Cite: APA Style for Chemistry Presentations

Now that you've gathered information from your sources, you'll want to think about formatting citations correctly.  You'll want to look at the sources below as you cite your information in APA style. 

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