Library Subject Guides

Chemistry: Journal Articles and Databases

Search Tips

Specific articles: search in MultiSearch and/or one of the key chemistry databases.

Journal title: in the Library catalogue do a “Journal Title” or a “Browse Alphabetically: By Title” search.

  • Results may include online, print, and/or older versions. Check what years/volumes we have:
    • Print: see the details in the Holdings tab.
    • Electronic: see the dates in the link or links to the journal.


Abbreviated title: in the Library catalogue do a “Journal Title” search and type an asterisk directly after each part of the abbreviation, e.g. Int* J* Biom*

Alternatively, try the Electronic Journal Search

Electronic Article Lookup

Full Text Finder quick search
When you already have an article’s citation details

Electronic Journal Search


Academic Journal Articles

Search across a range of Library resources, including

Browse Chemistry Journals


In print


If you cannot find it at UC Library or online, request an Interloan and we will get it for you from another library. There is no charge for this service

Comparing Journals

To compare journal bibliometrics consider using:


See also Measuring Impact  for more information.

Key Databases for Chemistry

To find specific articles within journals, try one of the indexing services below. Each database has its own subject focus, date range and usage quirks – contact me for ideas on getting the best results

Subscribed Databases (paid for by the Library)

Subscribed databases are only available to UC students and staff: licensing, usage and access restrictions apply

SciFinder Discovery Platform

Open Access Databases (free)


For certain aspects of chemistry, you could also explore the databases linked from other Subject Guides, e.g. PhysicsBiological Sciences or Chemical Engineering

Google Scholar – Tips and Tricks

Google Scholar Search

Provides a simple way to search broadly for scholarly literature

Use Scholar Preferences

  • to import references into EndNote, BibTeX, etc: amend Bibliography manager details in the Search results section
  • to show Full-Text @ UC Library, choose ”University of Canterbury“ in the Library Links section

Use Google Scholar Library to organise your references