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  • ACS Legacy Archives (American Chemical Society)
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    Extensive collection of American Chemical Society journal backfiles.
  • ACS Symposium Series
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    The ACS Symposium Series contains high-quality, peer-reviewed books developed from the ACS technical divisions' symposia. Each chapter is carefully authored by an expert in the field, and the collection of chapters edited by an internationally recognized leader in the field. The series covers a broad range of topics including agricultural and food chemistry, cellulose and renewable materials, chemical education, organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, materials, and many others.
  • Advances in Chemistry Series
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    Founded by the American Chemical Society in 1949, the Advances in Chemistry series was the predecessor to the ACS Symposium Series.
  • Applied Science & Technology Index Retrospective: 1913-1983 (H.W. Wilson)
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    Applied Science & Technology Index Retrospective™ offers indexing for more than 1,400 periodicals—with citations to more than three million articles—this database is the perfect reference for tracking down important studies, exploring historic controversies, finding papers by innovators, researching the development of particular technologies, and more.
  • Applied Science & Technology Source
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    Applied Science & Technology Source offers extensive coverage of research and development within the applied sciences and computing disciplines. This resource offers full text for almost 1,200 journals, citations to millions of articles. The content within Applied Science & Technology Source derives from numerous sources, including leading trade journals, professional and technical society journals, and conference proceedings.
  • Cambridge Structural Database (CSD)
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    CSD is the world’s leading repository of small organic and metal-organic crystal structures with over 500,000 x-ray and neutron diffraction analyses. Each crystal structure is validated and crosschecked by leading chemists and crystallographers to ensure the highest possible standards. New entries are added on a regular basis.

    USC subscribes both to the online web version and desktop version for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. The majority of users will be best served by using the web version of CSD, but if your research requires an offline, desktop version of CSD, please contact the Science and Engineering Librarian for Chemistry for more information.

  • Chemical & Engineering News Archives
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    Containing 85+ years of C&EN the Archives provides instant access to every page of every issue of C&EN, from cover to cover -- more than 500,000 pages of content (PDF), covering world chemical events, breakthroughs in research, technological advances, business and marketing ventures, government policy, career and education trends, and ACS milestones. A new year of content is added to C&EN Archives each year on a rolling basis.
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    CHEMnetBASE is a collection of chemistry databases from CRC Press, which can be subscribed to individually or collectively. USC provides *10 seats* to access this resource. CHEMnetBASE includes: Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, Combined Chemical Dictionary, Dictionary of Natural Products, Dictionary of Organic Compounds, Dictionary of Drugs, Dictionary of Inorganic and Organometallic Compounds, Dictionary of Commonly Cited Compounds, Dictionary of Marine Natural Products, Dictionary of Food Compounds, Dictionary of Carbohydrates, Polymers: A Property Database, Properties of Organic Compounds.
  • ChemSpider
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    ChemSpider is a free access service providing a structure centric community for chemists. Providing access to millions of chemical structures and integration to a multitude of other online services, ChemSpider is the richest single source of structure-based chemistry information.
  • Current Contents Connect
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    Part of Web of Knowledge, Current Contents is a multidisciplinary current awareness Web resource providing access to complete bibliographic information from over 8,000 of the world's leading scholarly journals and more than 2,000 books. Users can also search a premium collection of evaluated scholarly Web sites and access evaluated, full-text Web documents in three general resource types: preprints, funding information and research activities.
  • eBooks on EBSCOhost
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    This web site provides access to the full-text content of 4,274 e-books purchased by the USC Libraries from netLibrary. The books are searchable by both author and title. In addition, all books included in this collection are accessible through Homer.
  • Electrochemical Society Digital Library
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    The Digital Library (DL) provides searchable online access to the various journals, books, and other collections published by The Electrochemical Society.
  • Engineering Village 2
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    Ei CompendexWeb is the most comprehensive bibliographic database of engineering research literature, containing references to over 5000 engineering journals and conferences. Ei covers literature that makes a definite contribution to knowledge in the subject areas of engineering and applied science. About half the citations (from 2600 journals and conferences) include abstracts and indexing in the records. Online coverage is from 1884 to the present, and files are updated weekly. The highest percentages of journal literature are in the fields of chemical and process engineering (15%), computers and data processing (12%), applied physics (11%), and electronics and communication (12%) In addition Compendex includes civil engineering (6%) and mechanical engineering (6%). USC's subscription to the Engineering Village 2 (EV2) platform includes access to the Compendex and Inspec databases.
  • Essential Science Indicators (ESI)
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    Essential Science Indicators (ESI) is one of ISI/Thomson's Web of Knowledge databases that provides more aggregate citation analysis than do the citation indices. "Types of data featured in ESI include most cited author rankings, institutional (university, corporate, government research lab) rankings, national rankings, and journal rankings....The data in ESI are limited to ISI-indexed journal articles only." ESI is updated bimontly (every other month).
  • Frost & Sullivan
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    Industry and technology research from this global consulting firm covering US and international markets in areas such as information and communication technology, healthcare, automotive and transportation, measurement and instrumentation, chemicals, materials, energy, industrial automation, aerospace and defense, environment and buildings, electronics and security, metals, minerals and much more. Single-click downloading of entire reports is not enabled for students. Please contact the Crocker Business Library at for assistance.
  • Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD)
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    ICSD is the world’s largest inorganic crystal database with over 169,000* entries dating back to 1913. Legacy structures determined by the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) have also been added. Full access at USC is provided via the web interface. All completely identified structures peer-reviewed for quality and accuracy. New structures are being added daily.
    *As of May 2014 .
  • Inorganic Syntheses Book Series
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    The Inorganic Syntheses series is the complete and up-to-date review of the area. With recent volumes covering the latest hot topics and developing areas such as organometallic chemistry, main group chemistry and ligands, co-ordination chemistry and applications in material science, this series is also of use to organic and organometallic chemists, biochemists and materials scientists.
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    Scientific and technical journals and conference proceedings in physics, electrical engineering and electronics, computing and control, and information technology. Produced by the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) Information Division, the database is updated weekly.
  • Knovel Chemistry & Nanotechnology Library
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    Knovel is a database for disciplines of chemistry and engineering. We have access to the Merck Index, handbooks and other reference books for chemistry and nanotechnology. Knovel also has a unit converter for all science and engineering calculations.
  • LexisNexis Academic
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    Database of full text online news, business, financial, legal, medical, biographical, government and domestic and international newspaper resources.
    Please check all license agreements posted on the Lexis/Nexis Website at Failure to follow the Terms & Conditions may result in revocation of the Lexis/Nexis license for the University of Southern California. Furthermore it is expressedly forbidden to write search scripts to search this databases.
  • MEDLINE (Ovid)
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    The database, produced by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) is most frequently utilized for health sciences topics. It contains citations from more than 3,900 English and foreign language journals in the basic and clinical sciences and encompasses the printed Index Medicus, the Index to Dental Literature, and the International Nursing Index. Includes full-text articles from approximately 1400 journals.
  • Merck Index Online
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    The Merck Index is a fully-searchable database with over 11,500 monographs on chemicals, drugs, and biologicals. The new online edition also includes historical records not available in the print edition. In addition, the Merck Index includes a reference of over 500 named organic reactions and reference tables that include common abbreviations, chemical structures, constants, and conversions.
  • PapersFirst
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    Published information received by The British Library Document Supply Center.
  • ProceedingsFirst
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    Citations of every congress, symposium, conference, exposition, workshop and meeting received at The British Library. Updated 24 times a year.
  • PubChem
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    PubChem is a search tool for chemical information, divided into threeareas: Compounds, Substances, and BioAssays. Full entries providedetailed information with the most basic information—a generaldescription, the molecular weight and formula, the structure, plus aTable of Contents (ToC) for the full entry—all easily found “above thefold.” Use the ToC or scroll down to retrieve more advanced information,such as bioactivity results, synonyms, chemical actions, detailedproperties, and more. Each module is fully interlinked with the othersections of PubChem as well as resources in ToxNet and PubMed, providingfull access to toxicology resources and the medical literature, andallowing users access to as much or as little of the chemicalinformation as they need.
  • Reaxys
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    Web-based Beilstein and Gmelin
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
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    The Science Citation Index, a part of the Web of Science, is a multidisciplinary database of bibliographic information indexed so that you can search for specific articles by subject, author, journal, and/or author address. Because the information stored about each article includes the article's cited reference list (often called its bibliography), you can also search the databases for articles that cite a known author or work.

    The Science Citation Index (SCI) indexes 5,700 major journals across 164 scientific disciplines, covering approximately 2,100 more journals than its print and CD-ROM counterparts, with all cited references captured.

  • Science of Synthesis
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    Science of Synthesis full title is: Science of Synthesis: Houben-Weyl Methods of Molecular Transformations, is a reference work for preparative methods in synthetic chemistry. Based on the product of a reaction, it is written by authors with an intimate knowledge of their subject matter, which summarize the literature and reference research articles that demonstrate various techniques and transformations. The current version 3.8 contains 42 volumes and over 238,000 reactions!
    • Provides an *exclusive overview* of the synthetic chemistry literature.
    • Provides easy access to the best and most *reliable* synthetic methods in organic and organometallic chemistry.
    • Gives organic chemists examples of *evaluated* methodology reviewed by world-renowned experts.
    • Allows researchers to *tailor* their structure, text and reaction searches to accommodate their chemical information needs.
  • SciFinder
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    SciFinder (SFS) and its web-version of SciFinder (SF):
    • Provide access to Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) Registry of more than 22 million chemical substances
    • CA databases with references to more than 15 million articles and patents (one of USC's best patent resources)
    • CHEMCATS database of nearly 400,000 commercially available chemicals from more than 300 suppliers
    • CHEMLIST, a database of key domestic and international regulatory information.

    Available from Sunday 2:00 am until Saturday 6:00 pm (U.S. Eastern Time)

    If you would like access to Scifinder, please include the following information:

    • Faculty and Staff: USC email address, contact information (department or school information, research field, building and room number)
    • Students: USC email address, name of advisor, contact information (department or school information, research field, building and room number)

  • Scirus
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    Scirus searches an international collection of institutional repositories and other resources, so it can be a good way to find technical reports, preprints, and other less common publications. Scirus includes basic and advanced search functions, and sorts results into journals vs. web sites. Elsevier ScienceDirect journals are prominently featured in the journal results, with direct links. USC subscribes to the majority of ScienceDirect titles, so Scirus is a good way to search those online journals. For more detailed information, see this electronic resources review in the online peer-reviewed journal Issues in Science and Technology Libraries
  • Springer Materials - Landolt-Börnstein
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    Based on Landolt-Börnstein, SpringerMaterials is a data collection database in all areas of physical sciences and engineering. It consists of 70,000 online documents (extracted from 380 printed volumes), includes more than 120,000 figures, more than 1 million literature references and over 65,000 keywords. The search interface is Google like, and the search results are displayed in PDF formats.
  • Thieme Pharmaceutical Substances
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    Pharmaceutical Substances is designed to be a complete reference guide to every pharmaceutical compound of significance. It provides a compendium of some 2,600 active pharmaceutical ingredients (API's) of interest to the academic, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Pharmaceutical Substances is a first point of reference for any person wishing to screen references to drugs before turning to more detailed primary literature. Extensive indexing and cross linking of references provides the user with a fast and easy way to compare pharmaceutical ingredients with similar characteristics.
  • Web of Science
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    Web of Science (a.k.a. Web of Knowledge): Provides citations covering over 10,000 high-impact journals in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities, as well as international proceedings coverage for over 120,000 conferences. Includes:Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-Expanded); Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI); Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI); Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Science (CPCI-S); Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Social Sciences & Humanities (CPCI-SSH); Index Chemicus (IC); and Current Chemical Reactions (CCR-Expanded). Powerful tools include cited reference searching, Citation Maps, and the Analyze Tool.