If you have difficulty finding chemical information on the Web, try a gateway or search engine dedicated to chemistry resources. Prefer gateways designed specifically for chemists to those which are simply the chemistry sections of general search engines. Chemical society and organization sites are also useful for events, publications etc.
Gateways with a large number of chemistry links which can be browsed for likely sites include:
Societies' servers describe a society's events, publications, databases.
Chemical industry gateways link to companies, chemical production, prices, marketing, searchable catalogues of chemicals and instruments, and news.
Universities' Chemistry Department servers typically have information about courses, graduate study programs, research activities and staff.
- Chemistry at Australian universities, Uniserve Science
Academic Chemistry Departments in the United States and
outside the United States, University of California, Santa Barbara
- Universities and Institutes worldwide, arranged by country, Chemdex, University of Sheffield
- University Chemistry departments worldwide, arranged by country, University of Liverpool
- University of Adelaide Chemistry Department
- Facts and figures: chemical R and D, American Chemical Society - annual Chemical and engineering news report on spending on research by Universities, U.S. government, U.S. companies with international comparisons.
Several print directories cover chemical research and teaching organizations:
- Directory of graduate research, ACS. 1997. Reference collection 540.706 A512d - covers U.S. and Canadian university departments of chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering and related areas with descriptions of researchers' interests.
- Chemical research faculties. 1996. Reference collection 540.72 C517
- a similar directory covering other than North American universities.
- Current research in Britain: physical sciences. 1997. 2 vols. Reference collection 507.204105 R432.2P - includes researchers' interests.
Chemistry search engines are designed to search quality sites of chemical interest and help eliminate the irrelevant results produced by general search engines.
- MetaXchem from Chemie.de searches keywords in articles and abstracts from a selection of publishers' journals and chemicals from a number of suppliers.
- Chemfinder searches chemical data sources by chemical name, formula or molecular weight.
- Scirus, Elsevier - search engine indexing web sites with science content and journals, mainly from the Elsevier group of publishers or from free databases
Guides to the literature include: