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Your subject-specific guide to library resources.

Every subject has unique and specialist types of information that add rigour and interest to research.  Usually, you’ll need to look beyond Library Search for these information types; some are accessed via specialist databases, while others are available online via websites, social media or streaming platforms.

We’ve picked out some key resources for your subject here but you might like to explore our Resource Guides for more resources on different information types.

SciFinder-n indexes journal articles, substances and reactions in chemistry and related sciences.

To use SciFinder-n you must register with the database and create your own unique SciFinder-n username and password (NOT the same as your Newcastle University campus ID). Follow the instructions in the Library Search record for the database to do this.

CAS SciFinder-n help is available including step-by-step visuals of all the search functionality.

Reaxys allows chemical structure and formula searches as well as topic searches for journal articles.

To use Reaxys you must set up a personal account with Elsevier. Follow the instructions in the Library Search record for the database to do this.

Elsevier help using Reaxys is available including training modules, videos and webinars.

Both of these databases are integrated with ChemDraw to facilitate populating the structure editor for searching. 

Freely available chemical structure and database websites:

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