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Chemistry Research: Find Journal Articles & Proceedings

An introduction to the Kraemer Family Library's chemistry resources. This guide highlights study guides with practice problems, and has information on looking up chemical properties and on finding chemistry articles for research assignments.

SciFinder Scholar

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SciFinder Scholar is the primary database for Chemistry research.

Why SciFinder?

You can look for articles on your research topic just like in any other library resource, but SciFinder also has information and search features that are specialized for doing research in Chemistry:

  • search by molecular formula, chemical structure, or reaction
  • find information on the physical properties of substances
  • categorize search results by areas of chemistry (analytical, physical, synthetic, etc)

Other Chemistry Databases

Google Scholar

Search the more academic side of Google! Google Scholar can find journal articles, books, government reports, technical papers, etc. Make sure to read the record carefully so that you know what type of source you have found.

Google Scholar Search


If you are off campus follow these steps in Google Scholar to access any content the library owns:

  1. On the opening screen of Google Scholar select the link for Settings at the top of the page.
  2. Click on Library Links in the left hand menu and search for University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
  3. Check the box to add the right library and click on Save preferences.

Finding Articles from a Citation

ACS style citations for journal articles usually look like this:

Gottschlich, N.; Jacobson, S. C.; Culbertson, C. T.;   Ramsey, J. M. Anal. Chem. 2001, 73, 2669-2674.

That means you might have to find an article without knowing its title. You will also have an abbreviated version of the journal's title.

Here are two ways you can do that:

Option 1

  • If the article has three or more authors, enter all of their last names into the main search box on the library homepage.
  • Check the first result to see if the name of the journal, the year of publication, and the volume number all match your citation.

Picture of a search result where the journal title, year, and volume number all appear under the title and author names.

  • If they match, click the Full Text Online link. If they don't, look at the next few results.

Option 2

  • If the article has one or two authors, use the journal search box below to look up the abbreviated journal title. In this example, it would be Anal. Chem. (You can also do this search with the Periodicals tab on the library homepage.)
  • Follow the link to the journal website - make sure the year in your citation fits into the years you see before the link.
  • On the journal website, find a link to the journal's archive or list of all issues.
  • Link to the correct year and volume, then scroll through the list of articles until you get to the starting page number from your citation.

Search for a Journal

Do you have a citation for a journal article that you want to find?

Use Journal Search to see if we subscribe to the journal it was published in.

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Journal Search

Browse Journals by Subject

This tool is a JOURNAL SEARCH. It tells you if we subscribe to a journal, magazine, or newspaper. NO ARTICLE TITLES. NO RESEARCH TOPICS. Use a database for researching a topic.