Research Guide: Organic Chemistry

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Academic Search Premier

Large, scholarly, multi-disciplinary database containing indexing for over 8,000 journals. Provides access to 611 journals in the field of chemistry.

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ACS Publications

Provides access to journals from the American Chemical Society--a comprehensive collection of peer-reviewed journals in the chemical and related sciences, including Journal of Organic Chemistry, Organic Letters, and Journal of the American Chemical Society. Increase your efficiency with the ACS User Guide.

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Angewandte Chemie (International Edition)
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1998--current | Abstracts


Organic Chemistry Portal

Features thousands of organic reactions and a searchable index of more than one million chemicals. Also includes searchable abstracts of articles in the field or organic synthesis.


Organic Syntheses
Search Organic Syntheses for detailed, reliable, and carefully checked procedures for the synthesis of organic compounds.
1921--current | Full text



This life-sciences database includes more than 250 chemistry journals.

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One of the world's largest providers of scientific, technical, and medical literature with a database of some 2 million articles and 59 million abstracts from all fields of science. Includes Tetrahedron, Tetrahedron Letters, and Tetrahedron Asymmetry.

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Provides researchers unlimited access to the world’s largest and most reliable collection of chemistry and related science information. You can search for substances, reactions, and patent and journal references. To use SciFinder you must first register to set up a login and password. This must be done on campus and with your e-mail address.   SciFinder will issue you a login and password which will also work for off campus access.  Here is the link for self registration.


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Reference Books of Note


Handbook of Organic Compounds. Workman, Jerry, Jr. Academic Press, 2001.

R543.5 H23 | 3 vols.

v.1. Methods and interpretations -- v. 2. UV-Vis and NIR spectra -- v. 3. IR and Raman spectra.


Lange's Handbook of Chemistry. Lange, Norbert Adolph. McGraw Hill, 2005.

R540.3 L27

Organic chemistry. Nomenclature of organic compounds -- Physical properties of organic compounds -- Viscosity and surface tension -- Refraction and refractive index -- Vapor pressure and boiling points -- Flammability properties -- Azeotropic mixtures -- Freezing mixtures -- Bond lengths and strengths -- Dipole moments and dielectric constants -- Ionization energy -- Thermal conductivity -- Enthalpies and Gibbs energies of formation, entropies, and heat capacities (change of state) -- Critical properties -- Equilibrium constants -- Indicators -- Electrode potentials -- Electrical conductivity -- Linear free energy relationships -- Polymers -- Fats, oils, and waxes -- Petroleum products --.


Organic Chemist's Desk Reference. Rhodes, P.H. Chapman & Hall, 1995.

R547.03 H46r

History of the Dictionary of organic compounds (DOC) -- User guide to DOC -- Organic chemistry journals -- Useful reference works in organic chemistry -- Abstracting and indexing publications -- Patent literature -- Nomenclature in Chemical Abstracts -- Glossary of terms used in describing organic structures -- Molecular formulae -- CAS Registry Numbers -- Linear notations -- Hazard information -- Languages -- SI units -- Commonly used solvents -- Miscellaneous -- Spectroscopy.


Strategic Applications of Named Reactions in Organic Synthesis. Kurti, Laszlo & Barbara Czako. Elsevier, 2005.

R547.2 K96

For each of 250 named reactions, a two-page layout includes an introduction summarizing the use and importance of the reaction; a general scheme of the reaction and a detailed mechanism; three or four recent synthetic applications, and bibliographical references. The appendix includes tables of reaction categories, affected functional groups, and preparation of functional groups.


Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia 10th ed. Considine, Glenn D. ed. Wiley, 2008. Vol. 2

50333 V27s


Vogel's Textbook of Practical Organic Chemistry. Furniss, Brian S. et al. Prentice Hall, 1989.

R547 V87

Organic synthesis -- Experimental techniques -- Spectroscopic methods and the interpretation of spectra -- Solvents and reagents -- Aliphatic compounds -- Aromatic compounds -- Selected alicyclic compounds -- Selected heterocyclic compounds -- Investigation and characterisation of organic compounds -- Physical constants of organic compounds.



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Recommended Web sites


CaPlus Core Journal Coverage List

UC Berkeley Biological and Chemical Journal Abbreviations


Google Scholar 

Google Scholar provides a simple way to search for scholarly literature. When accessing this database through the link provided here you will find free connections to the pay for view materials that are located in our subscription sources.  Just click on "Find Full Text @SMU."

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Sigma-Aldrich Product Directory
Find chemicals or chemical information.


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