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Subject Guides Prepared by the Swain Library

General Guide | Analytical Chemistry | Biotechnology | Chemical Laboratory Safety | Crystallography | Drug Information | Inorganic Chemistry | Life Scientists | Physical Chemistry | Polymer Chemistry | Searching the Internet | Spectral Information

Chemistry Resources for Life Scientists

Compiled by Grace Baysinger (


Dictionaries, Directories, and Nomenclature

Encyclopedias and Major Reference Works

Physical Properties



Guides to Property Data


Methods and Protocols


Spectral Resources

Chemical Supplier Databases

  • Available Chemicals Directory in 3-D
    Must download MDL ISIS client software; get password from Lee Kozar. Structure searchable; includes prices.
  • ChemCats
    Resource integrated into SciFinder Scholar. Must download SFS software. Structure searchable.
  • ChemExper
    Search by name, formula or CAS Registry Number. Also includes a property explorer.
  • Chemical Sources Online
    Web interface based on classic print books.

Major Bibliographic Databases

Major Structure and Reaction Databases

Specialized Databases



  • ChemDraw Software
    Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (SU*LAIR) / Academic Computing has paid for a campus-wide site license to ChemDraw Standard, a version of the popular chemical drawing program by CambridgeSoft. Download ChemDraw.

    This site license allows all current Stanford students, faculty, and staff to download the program FOR FREE to their home, office, or personal computer. Users must have an email address that ends with:


    Note that after downloading, no Internet connection is required for use. The license key you will receive as part of the registration process does include a timer that corresponds to the time frame of the annual site license agreement.

  • Gaussian Software
  • Software on Swain’s Computers

Selected eBooks

Last modified: March 22, 2011

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