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Websites - General & Analytical Chemistry

  • Free online resource ChemExper

    Find chemical suppliers and simple chemical properties in the ChemExper chemical directory. Use advanced search to search for chemicals by structure, boiling point, melting point, density, and more.

  • Free online resource WebElements

    Searchable periodic chart of the elements with in-depth information on each element.

  • Free online resource Analytical Sciences Digital Library (ASDL)

    The ASDL is a peer-reviewed digital library for the analytical sciences. Sections include analytical techniques, applications, teaching resources, experiments, tutorials, and much more.

  • Free online resource ChemID plus

    A database of over 370,000 chemical records, including over 230,000 with structures. Find synonyms, structures, registry numbers, formulas, properties, and toxicity information. Search by name, structure, CAS Registry Number, chemical property, toxicity, or molecular weight.

  • Free online resource General Chemistry Online

    Excellent guide for first-year chemistry students. Includes tutorials, simulations, and glossary of chemical terms.

  • Free online resource WorldWideScience.org: the global science gateway

    WorldWideScience.org is a global science gateway comprised of national and international scientific databases and portals. WorldWideScience.org accelerates scientific discovery and progress by providing one-stop searching of databases from around the world.


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Websites - Organic & Biochemistry

  • Free online resource Entrez, the Life Sciences Search Engine

    Searchable databases including: Nucleotide Sequence (GenBank, RefSeq, and PDB), Protein Sequence, Genome, Structure, Taxonomy, and many more. From the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

  • Free online resource Enzyme Database - BRENDA

    BRENDA is the main collection of enzyme functional data available to the scientific community. Contents include: nomenclature, reaction & specificity, functional parameters, enzyme structure, isolation & preparation, and more.

  • Free online resource IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry

    Online version of the IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry "Blue Book".

  • Free online resource Organic Chemistry Portal

    The Organic Chemistry Portal offers an overview of recent topics, interesting reactions, and information on the most important chemicals. Includes job market and links to chemical resources and suppliers.

  • Free online resource Protein Data Bank

    Worldwide depository of information about the three-dimensional structures of large biological molecules, including proteins and nucleic acids.


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Websites - Physical & Inorganic Chemistry

  • Free online resource NIST Physical Reference

    Physical Constants, Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopic Data, Ionization Data, X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Data, Nuclear Physics Data, Condensed Matter Physics Data, and more.

  • Free online resource Elemental Data Index

    Select an element in the periodic table to display: atomic weight, ionization energy, ground-state level, and ground-state configuration. Also provides links to atomic spectra, x-ray and gamma ray data, and other nuclear physics data. Provided by NIST.


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Websites - Spectroscopy

  • Free online resource Spectral Database for Organic Compounds (SDBS)

    SDBS is an integrated spectral database system for organic compounds, including: electron impact Mass spectra (EI-MS); Fourier transform infrared spectra (FT-IR); 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra; 13C NMR spectra; laser Raman spectra; electron spin resonance (ESR) spectra. From the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan

  • Free online resource SpectroscopyNOW.com

    Free spectroscopy portal covering all aspects of spectroscopy. Includes news, techniques, information, resources, and services.

  • Free online resource NIST X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Database

    Searchable database of over 22,000 line positions, chemical shifts, doublet splittings, and energy separations of photoelectron and Auger-electron lines. Provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

  • Free online resource NIST Atomic Spectra Database

    This database provides access and search capability for NIST critically evaluated data on atomic energy levels, wavelengths, and transition probabilities.


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Websites - Safety & Toxicology

  • Free online resource Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

    100 free internet sources for MSDS, which contain physical data (melting point, boiling point, flash point etc.), toxicity, health effects, first aid, reactivity, storage, disposal, protective equipment, and spill/leak procedures for many substances.

  • Free online resource Scorecard: the Pollution Information Site

    Search for information about hazardous chemicals and pollution in your community, including toxic chemical releases, air pollutants, and water pollutants.

  • Free online resource EMCI Chemical References

    Search the full text of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Major Program Systems webpages. Data on hazardous materials and their manufacturers.

  • Free online resource ToxNet

    Includes Hazardous Substances Data Bank, Toxic Chemical Release Inventory, Integrated Risk Information System, Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances, Chemical Carcinogenesis Research Information System, Genetic Toxicology, and others.

  • Free online resource Toxicant and Disease Database

    Provided by the The Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE), the Toxicant and Disease Database is a searchable database that summarizes links between chemical contaminants and approximately 180 human diseases or conditions.


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