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Chemistry and related Databases


  1. 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.
  2. Internet resources which are free or available by individual subscription are listed separately.
  3. If a link no longer works please let me know.
  4. 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.
  5. These databases require an Oxford Single Sign On id/password.







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 Patents).
  • 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 new records.
  • Catalysts 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 biochemistry.


  • 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 from 1700s. 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)
  • Crystallography
    • Summary of crystallographic databases
    • CrystalWorks - Search multiple crystallographic databases: CSD, ICSD, CrystMet and CDIF (also available via STFC/Daresbury)
    • Cambridge Structural Database (CSD): a comprehensive collection of over 600,000 small-molecule organic and organometallic crystal structures
    • Inorganic Crystal Structure Data (ICSD): contains over 161,000 inorganic structures
    • Metals Crystallographic Data (CRYSTMET): contains over 126,000 crystal structures of metals, alloys and intermetallics
    • Crystal Data Identification File (CDIF): over 237,000 organic, inorganic and metal crystal structures
    • IsoStar: 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
  • DETHERM: 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.


Web of Knowledge (via MIMAS) - direct link to search service

  • Science Citation Index - covers all areas of physical and life sciences
  • ISI Proceedings
  • Journal 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.

Scopus (Elsevier)

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:

ingenta from 1988 : a database of articles from over 20,000 journals; covers all subjects

ZETOC Alert - Electronic Table of Contents alerting service, with searchable database of Conference papers and Journal articles.

Cambridge Scientific Abstracts. Covers:

OXAM (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)


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)


  • INSPEC from 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.
  • Enzymology Index: contains cumulative indexes for all Methods in Enzymology volumes published from 1955 - 1996 - held on CDROM by RSL: only accessible from computers with the OxLIP 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.


  • EMBASE (Excerpta Medica) from 1980 - a major pharmacogical and biomedical literature database
  • Medline (Index 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:
    • Web of Knowledge.
    • PubMed - NLM's freely available Medline service with additional material
    • Science Direct
    • 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 users
  • 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.


  • GEOREF from 1785 - American Geological Institute's geoscience database


  • MathSciNet from 1940, with some material dating back to late 1800s - Mathematical Reviews and Current Mathematical Publications

Miscellaneous REFERENCE sources

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