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Information Resources for Chemistry

This page will help you find academic information beyond the books and eBooks which can be located through LibrarySearch.

Cardiff University subscribes to a wealth of resources to help you find information for your research as well as providing access to academic journals and other publications.  Resources which are of particular use in Chemistry are outlined below.


Find academic publications such as journal articles and conference papers


ArticleSearch from LibrarySearch is an easy way to find some online journal articles and other high quality sources on a topic.  It's important to sign in to get full access.  ArticleSearch doesn't cover all of the online journals in the library collection but it is a quick and easy starting point and all results will be available in full-text.  To use ArticleSearch, go to LibrarySearch and select the ArticleSearch tab. Leave QuickSearch as the setting in the menu on the right-hand side.

Databases such as SciFinder, Scopus and Web of Science identify articles across a huge range of journal titles. Sometimes databases offer direct access to the full text if Cardiff University subscribes to the journal.  If full-text access isn't offered through the database, click the Check for full text button if the database has one, or use LibrarySearch to search for the title of the journal in which the article is published to see the date ranges for which we have access in print, online or both.

Databases are best accessed via Cardiff Portal. Click on Library and Databases (A-Z).


Database (*=top 3 database) Content


(Registration required)

SciFinder® provides researchers with unlimited access to the world's largest and most reliable collection of chemistry and related science information.
*Scopus Multi-disciplinary content covering over 20,000 scholarly journals in scientific, medical, technical, and social science disciplines. Coverage extends back selectively to 1960.

*Web of Science

(via Web of Knowledge databases)

Multi-disciplinary content, including all branches of the biosciences. Coverage extends back to 1900. Web of Science is found within the Web of Knowledge set of databases.  Click on the Select a Database tab for link.  
Chemspider ChemSpider is a free chemical structure database providing fast access to over 28 million structures, properties and associated information.
Embase Broad biomedical scope covering the following areas: drug therapy and research, human medicine, biotechnology and biomedical engineering, including medical devices. Embase is found within the OVIDSP set of databases, coverage from 1947 to present.


Google Scholar is a useful search engine for finding academic publications.  If you use it on-campus it will automatically connect you to Cardiff University subscribed full-text but if you use it at home you will need to set this up.  At the top right hand side of the screen click on Settings then Library links.  Enter Cardiff University in the search box and then select the Cardiff University results by ticking in the boxes.  The Full Text @ Cardiff links will now appear with your results and you will be able to access subscribed full-text articles once you log in with your network username and password.



Find theses

Database Content
Proquest Dissertations and Theses References to theses from UK universities, with a small number available online in full-text.
Ethos Electronic Thesis Online Service - opening access to UK theses. Service run by the British Library.
LibrarySearch References to Cardiff University theses which are held in our libraries and stores.



Get help

Subject Librarians Linda Davies and Peter Hale are happy to help with any questions you have about finding information. They may be contacted at:

Science Library Contact Details

Phone:029 2087 4085

Mrs Linda Davies

Telephone: 029 2087 0075

Mr Peter Hale

Telephone: 029 2087 5037