Chemistry and related Databases
- This page lists and provides links to databases
of interest to Research Chemists at Oxford University
- most have been purchased on subscription and are available
throughout the university.
- Internet resources
which are free or available by individual subscription are
- If a link no longer works please let me
- These databases are available via the OVID Web Gateway; can search several databases at once and use Oxford Single Sign On account for off-site access.
databases require an Oxford Single Sign On id/password.
RESEARCH GRANTS &
RELATED SUBJECTS AREAS
- BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
Miscellaneous REFERENCE sources
- SciFinder from
1907 - provides access to Chemical Abstracts,
the main abstracting and indexing service for chemistry
(includes Conference proceedings, Technical reports, Books,
Dissertations, Reviews, Meeting abstracts, Electronic-only
journals and Web preprints as well as Journal articles and
- Analytical Abstracts / Analytical WebBase
(RSC) Covers over 100 international journals and includes
the full content of Analytical
Abstracts from 1980 to date, plus equipment manufacturers'
application notes, standards and books; contains over one-third
of a million records and updated each week with around 300
Online/Catalysts & Catalysed Reactions
(RSC) Database of developments in catalysis from 2001 to
date, selected from over 80 primary journals publishing
work in inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, and in
- Comprehensive Organic Synthesis 2nd Edition 2014
- SPRESIweb (now part of the National Chemical Database Service provided by RSC). SPRESI is the world's 3rd largest structure and reaction database; consists of chemical structures and reaction information covering the years 1974 - 2011 from over 665,000 references and 164,000 patents. It includes over 5 million structures, 4 million reactions and over 31.7 million pieces of additional information such as chemical and physical properties, reaction conditions and keywords abstracted from the primary literature. Also contains an organic synthesis planning tool.
- Beilstein from 1800s (abstracts from 1980) access via Reaxys. Reaxys also contains organic and medicinal patents.
- Synthetic Reaction Updates (RSC) from 2015, formed from merger of Methods in Organic Synthesis (from 1998 to date) and Catalysts & Catalysed Reactions
- Natural Product Updates (RSC) Database of developments
in natural product chemistry from 1998 to date, selected
from over 100 primary journals. Coverage includes isolation
studies, biosynthesis, new natural products and known compounds
from new sources, structure determinations, and new properties
and biological activities.
- Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference - contains information on drugs in clinical use worldwide, as well as selected investigational and veterinary drugs, herbal and complementary medicines, pharmaceutical excipients, vitamins and nutritional agents, vaccines, radiopharmaceuticals, contrast media and diagnostic agents, medicinal gases, drugs of abuse and recreational drugs, toxic substances, disinfectants, and pesticides
- Stockley’s Drug Interactions - In-depth information about drug-drug, drug-food and drug-herb interactions.
- Gmelin database
A comprehensive collection of factual data on inorganic,
organometallic and coordination compounds, alloys, glasses,
ceramics and minerals; contains over 2.4 million compounds. Access via Reaxys
- National Chemical Database Service (RSC) See introductory video on YouTube.
- ChemSpider (RSC) - chemistry search enginee which aggregates and indexes publicly available chemical structures and their associated information, incl. properties, into a single searchable repository
- ACD/Labs Online (I-Lab) Service for NMR spectroscopy information, compound name generation and property prediction programs. For more details and instructions see ACD NMR software for Processing, Prediction and Databasing (provided by the Chemistry Department's NMR service)
- Summary of crystallographic databases
- CrystalWorks - Search multiple crystallographic databases: CSD, ICSD, CrystMet and CDIF (also available via STFC/Daresbury)
Structural Database (CSD): a comprehensive collection
of over 600,000 small-molecule organic and organometallic crystal
- Inorganic Crystal Structure Data (ICSD):
contains over 161,000 inorganic structures
Crystallographic Data (CRYSTMET):
contains over 126,000 crystal structures of metals, alloys and
Data Identification File (CDIF): over 237,000
organic, inorganic and metal crystal structures
the Cambridge Knowledge Base of Intermolecular Interactions
- a database of experimental and theoretical information
on non-bonded interactions, designed to play a prominent
role in the field of molecular invention and rational
drug design. Contains information derived from the
Cambridge Structural Database, the Brookhaven Protein
Data Bank and molecular orbital calculations.
- Crystallography Open Database - open-access collection of crystal structures of organic, inorganic, metal-organic compounds and minerals, excluding biopolymers
Thermophysical Data: large thermophysical property databases of pure compounds and compound mixtures. Contains nearly 6 million data sets for around 134,000 systems (around 28,000 pure substances and 106,000 mixtures), covering around 500 property fields. See details of Detherm content.
- Science Citation Index
- covers all areas of physical and life sciences
- ISI Proceedings
Citation Reports - citation
data, journal ranking and impact factors for nearly 5,000
leading science journals
- Essential Science Indicators: In-depth analytical tool offering data for ranking scientists, institutions, countries, and journals; data from 1997
- Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) indexes additional high-quality, peer-reviewed publications of regional importance and in emerging research fields while the content is considered for inclusion in the highly selective Web of Science citation indexes, providing earlier visibility for sources under evaluation. To search: in Web of Science, select Web of Science Core Collection, and under 'MORE SETTINGS' check required databases - ESCI can be searched separately or along with other Web of Science databases.
Covers nearly 18,000 international journals
from over 5,000 publishers, including coverage of Open Access journals, Conference Proceedings, Trade Publications and Book Series. Includes 'Articles-in-Press' from more than 3,000 journals, and has records going back as far as 1823. See:
1988 : a database of articles from over 20,000
journals; covers all subjects
Alert - Electronic Table of Contents alerting service,
with searchable database of Conference papers and Journal
Scientific Abstracts. Covers:
(Oxford Examination Papers Online): contains most University
of Oxford Preliminary and Finals examination papers
from 1999. See also Past
Exam Papers on the Department of Chemistry web site.
OLIS: contains information on books and journals
held by Oxford University libraries; can be accessed worldwide
via the OLIS web OPAC,
telnet and Z39.50
interfaces. The Automated Stack Request facility, which
allows readers to order material from the RSL stack, is available
only via telnet access; Java
Telnet provides telnet access via a web browser.
- Bodleian Theses guide includes sections on how to find theses from Oxford, and from other UK, US or worldwide universities
- Various tools and resources for locating details theses and dissertations from other universities can be found in OxLIP+; click on the "Subject" tab, and choose "Theses and Dissertations".
- Index to Theses: A database of UK theses and dissertations;
use the Simple
Search option to search by institution
- Dissertations and Theses (ProQuest) from 1861: 2.7 million entries, mostly US doctoral dissertations
and master's theses. More details here
Research Grants and Funding
Sources of Funding Information (on the Chemistry Dept. intranet)
RELATED SUBJECTS AREAS
For a complete list of the quality bibliographic
reference and full-text databases to which Oxford University
subscribes, and which can be accessed by bona-fide members
of the University over the network, see SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries Online)
1969 - Covers all aspects of physics, electronics
and computing; over 5 million records
- COMPENDEX from
1884 - Engineering Index/Compendex is the most
comprehensive interdisciplinary engineering database in
the world, with over 9.7 million records of journal articles,
technical reports, conference papers and trade publications
- BIOSIS Previews (Biological
Abstracts) from 1926 -
Covers biological and medical literature, including biology,
zoology, microbiology, clinical and experimental medicine,
biochemistry, biophysics, instrumentation, and methods.
Approximately 9,000 life sciences research journals worldwide
are monitored. There is also a BIOSIS Citation Index.
- Faculty of 1000 (Biology):
Comprehensively and systematically highlights and reviews
the most interesting papers published in the biological
sciences, based on the recommendations of a faculty of well
over 1000 selected leading researchers. Coverage includes
biochemistry, chemical biology and structural biology. N.B. We do not have access to the Evalulations.
Index: contains cumulative indexes for all Methods
in Enzymology volumes published from 1955 - 1996 -
held on CDROM by RSL: only accessible from computers with
Thin Client software installed.
- Henry Stewart Talks: Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection - over 1,400 online seminar-style talks containing the latest research and developments as well as the fundamentals presented by many of the world’s leading experts; aimed at "research scientists, graduate students, and the most committed senior undergraduates". Browse the subject areas covered, eg. Chemical Biology talks. There are several talks by University of Oxford lecturers (eg. from Biochemistry Dept, JR Hospital & William Dunn School of Pathology).
A limited number of simultaneous users are allowed.
Medica) from 1980 -
a major pharmacogical and biomedical literature database
Medicus) from 1950 -
from US National Library of Medicine: covers the biomedical
literature, containing references to articles from more
than 3700 journals. Also available via:
- NLM's freely available Medline service with additional
- SciFinder - Medline
searched with Chemical Abstracts; includes OLDMEDLINE
from 1958 and in-process
records; only use when necessary (eg. searching for
specific chemicals) as we are only allowed 7 simultaneous
- Faculty of 1000 (Medicine):
Comprehensively and systematically highlights and reviews
the most interesting papers published in the field of medicine, based on the recommendations of a faculty of well
over 1000 selected leading researchers. We do not have access to the Evalulations.
1785 - American Geological Institute's geoscience
- MathSciNet from
1940, with some material dating back to late 1800s - Mathematical Reviews and Current Mathematical
Miscellaneous REFERENCE sources
- Encylopaedia Britannica
- Oxford English
- Oxford Reference
Online - Search OUP's Language
dictionaries, plus other dictionaries, thesauruses, quotations and reference works
Dictionary of National Biography
- World of
Learning - directory of academic institutions world-wide
- xreferplus/Credo Reference:
- a giant online reference library that provides access
to over 100 reference books: encyclopædias, dictionaries,
- key information about the people, institutions and organisations
of the UK from a wide range of sources including Who's Who,
Which? guides, travel guides etc.
- LexisNexis News Service - search and retrieve full text of many
UK and world newspapers
- Encyclopedia of Life
Sciences (Wiley): covers biochemistry, cell biology, developmental
biology, evolution, genetics, immunology, microbiology,
molecular biology, physiology, structural biology and virology
- Encyclopedia of Materials: Science and Technology
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