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Chemistry 343: Finding Articles

Medicinal Chemistry
Tom Smith
Fall 2014

Finding Articles: Tips

When looking for original research, you will need to find journal articles.  Use the following databases as starting points for finding information related to your topic. 

Web of Science:  Use the citation searching feature to find citing and cited articles for your assigned paper.

SciFinder Scholar:  Use the Substance Identifier search and select all references associated with preparation.

PubMed:  Search by keyword and limit to a type of study or specific subject.

Research Tip: Find Text Button

The Find Text Button

Many of our databases have this SFX Find Text Button button, which searches for the full-text of the article in our collections. If we don't have it electronically, look for the "Request article scan" link in the "Get It" section.

screenshot of Get It section with link

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Search by Chemical Name

  1. Access SciFinder Scholar
  2. Click Accept
  3. Click Explore Substances
  4. Click Substance Identifier
  5. Enter chemical name in the search box and click Search

Searching by chemical name ties all the information, in the database that is related to the chemical, together.

For example, searching by name for benzene shows the structure as well as:

  • phenyl hydride (alternative name)
  • C6H6 (molecular formula)
  • 71-43-2 (registry number)
  • ~130549 References (associated citations)

Select your substance and then click the GET REFERENCES box to start your search of all references in SciFinder Scholar that are associated with your compound. From there, you can REFINE by topic, document type, language, etc.

Search PubMed


Search Web of Science


Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

Peer Review in Three Minutes

Credit: NCSU Libraries
Run Time: 3:00

Research Tip: Proxy Server

Researching Off Campus

Many of the resources on the A-Z Databases page are accessible anywhere you have an Internet connection. However, you will need to authenticate yourself as a Williams user

If you need help, just ask!

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