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Places to Begin

If you are looking for a specific journal you may want to begin with the library's catalog, an online listing of all items we own or have through electronic subscription. A Browse Search by title for journals like Chemical Reviews, Nature, or Science will locate all or our paper and online versions of these publications.

Try an Advanced Search. Search for chemistry and set the Material Type to Journals. You will get a list of our paper and electronic subscriptions.


Locating Articles

The best index to use will depend on your topic. Be sure to check the Electronic Resources page for other options.

Once you have a citation for an article on your topic, try using the Find it @ LU link or search Citation Linker to see if that particular article is available. If you don't find it, you can submit a request for interlibrary loan (ILL) of a copy of the article: ILL takes about 7-10 days, so plan ahead. See the library's Interlibrary Loan page for more information.

Don't forget that the library still receives a significant number of publications in paper; these are housed on Level A (between the first and second floors of the library). You will want to search the library catalog for the title of the journal or book (not the title of the article or chapter) to see if the library owns the volume you need.


Go to the Electronic Resources page. There is a long list of databases. You may want to go directly to the list of databases for the Sciences. A few to try include these:

  • Academic OneFile
    Check the items listed on the Academic Journals tab.
  • Academic Search Premier
    In this database you can use the form to the right of the results to limit to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals.
  • Current Chemical Reactions
    "Contains single- and multi-step new synthetic methods taken from leading journals and patents from 36 issuing authorities."
  • Index Chemicus
    "Contains the structures and critical supporting data for novel organic compounds reported in leading international journals. It is a vital source of new information on biologically active compounds and natural products."
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
    A multi-disciplinary citation index in the sciences.
  • SciFinder (Chemical Abstracts)
    SciFinder is a web-based interface for searching the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) databases. SciFinder is only available for current Lawrence faculty, students, and staff.


OneSearch helps you find multiple kinds of resources at once, like online resources such as journal articles and images, as well as those found in the library (books, DVDs, scores, etc.), from a single search interface. It is especially useful when you are beginning your research or researching a topic that may be addressed by multiple scholarly fields.

Be sure to sign in with your Lawrence username and password prior to using OneSearch. Many resources, as well as interlibrary loan and library account options, only appear after you have signed in.

Some OneSearch hints:

  • Use double quotation marks to find phrases, for example, "raman spectroscopy".
  • Use an asterisk to find multiple word endings. A search for spectr* will find items containing the words spectrum, spectral, spectroscopy and so on.
  • For more complicated boolean searching, type logical operators like AND and OR in capital letters
  • Try different ways of displaying your results using the Sorted by pull down at the top of the results list.
  • Use Expand my results at the top of the column on the left to find articles that my not be provided in full text in OneSearch. These will include items that might be on the library shelves or materials available through Interlibrary Loan.
  • Use Refine My Results, also in the left column, to narrow your results to different resource types, subjects, publication dates, and more.

Open Access Sources

Some resources on the open web may be helpful. See the guide to Open Access Articles and Databases for more.

  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
    "Free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals, covering all subjects and many languages."
  • ScienceDirect
    ScienceDirect is primarily a search tool for subscribers; Lawrence doesn't subscribe. However, the advanced search lets you select titles that come from ScienceDirect's indexed open access journals.
  • Google Scholar
    If you're going to Google, do it here. Look for he label Full Text @LU to locate things that might be available here.

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