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Chemistry Subject Page

My name is Lisa Callaghan and I am the subject librarian for the School of Chemical Sciences at DCU.

These pages (below) contain information specific to your subject area. You will find links to general information on the left hand side of the screen.
Please feel free to contact me if you need any assistance.

Telephone: 700 8247



Most main lending books (3 week and 1 week) for your subject are located on the second floor. Search the Library Catalogue to find out what books we have or browse the shelves at the relevant number. Here are some of the main shelfmark numbers for chemistry and related topics.

SubjectBook Shelf Mark
Analytical Chemistry543
Chemistry (General)540
Environmental Chemistry 577.14 and 628.5
Forensic Analysis614.1
Inorganic Chemistry546
Organic Chemistry547
Physical Chemistry 541.3


The library currently provides access to thousands of  e-books. When you search the library catalogue you can refine your search by choosing "E-Books" on the left hand side of the screen. When you click on the link to view the book you may be asked to verify yourself as a registered student by logging in with your computer username and password.

Apart from individual titles accessible via the catalogue, we also have searchable collections of e-books such as the RSC E-books Collection. Have a look at our e-books page for a full listing.

All our e-books can accessed off-campus.

Can't find the book you are looking for?

Ask for help at the information desk. If we don't have books listed on your recommended reading list you can contact your Subject Librarian



The A-Z of journals is a listing of all our print and e-journals. It will tell you if the journal you are looking for is available in print here in the library and/or electronically on one of our databases. You can search this list by entering the title of the journal or you can get a list of journals in your chosen subject area by browsing.

Remember – search by journal title NOT article title.

See what journals are available for the following subjects:

To search for articles on your topic carry out a search on one of our databases



The following is a list of the most important databases for Chemistry and related subjects. A full list of all our databases is available from the A to Z of databases

Some databases contain the full-text of the articles others provide you with a citation/abstract only. In the case of citation/abstract databases click on the this will search all our databases to see if the article you require is available


Key Chemistry Databases – start your searching here

Web of Science
Web of Science provides access to the Science Citation Index, a multidisciplinary index to the journal literature of the sciences. It fully indexes over 6,650 major journals across 150 scientific disciplines and includes the cited references from indexed articles. Web of Science - Search Tips (06:19 minutes)  Web of Science Training Videos (YouTube)

Scopus is one of the largest multi-disciplinary abstracting and indexing databases of research literature and quality web sources. It offers access to over 16,000 titles from more than 4000 international publishers, with abstracts available back to 1966. Citation data is available from 1996. Coverage includes scientific, technical, medical and social sciences literature including, arts and humanities. There are also 23 million patent records from 5 patent offices as well as links to 'Articles in Press' from over 3,000 journals.

 SciFinder covers biochemistry, organic, macromolecular, applied, physical, inorganic and analytical chemistry. Updated daily, it contains abstracts from more than 8,000 journals, patents, conferences and reports, plus records of over 35 million chemical substances and reactions.
Starting to use SciFinder:

  1. All users must first register and create a username and password to get access.
  2. You should have the most recent version of your browser installed
  3. You should change your browser's settings to allow popups from
  4. Off-Campus access: before you use SciFinder off-campus, you may need to change the security settings on your web browser.

Help Guides (PDFs) |  E-tutorials available here 

Previously Crossfire. Reaxys is a database of chemical compounds, bibliographic data and chemical reactions.
Off-Campus access: before you use Reaxys off-campus, you must change the security settings on your web browser: instructions for Firefox users | instructions for Internet Explorer users

Support and Training: Quick Reference Guide (pdf) | searchable help

Webinars: the Reaxys support team provide online training on request. Submit your details here and they will get back to you.

Royal Society of Chemistry  Full-text access to 26 of the Royal Society of Chemistry's 48 journals. 

ScienceDirect Full-text access to over 1,200 journals in all fields of science, technology and medicine.

American Chemical Society (ACS)  
Contains over 30 full-text titles from the American Chemical Society, with access to all dates

Analytical Abstracts
Current awareness and information retrieval service for analytical scientists providing access to worldwide analytical literature

Other databases

Academic Search Complete   
Full-text access to over 5,000 peer-reviewed journals in: business, communications, computer science, biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, education and nursing.

Annual Reviews  
Authoratitive, analytic reviews in 30 disciplines within the Biomedical, Physical, and Social Sciences. Annual Reviews saves you time by synthesising the vast amount of primary research literature and identifying the principal contributions in your field. Annual Reviews publications are among the highest cited publications by impact factor according to the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI).

Hindawi is a fast growing academic publisher with 40+ journals in the fields of Biology & Medicine, Chemistry, Engineering, Materials Science, and Mathematics. Hindawi is the only "Open Access" publisher with fully Open Access journals spanning a wide range of subjects in Science, Technology, and Medicine.

General Science Full Text  
Provides full text from more than 100 periodicals dating as far back as 1995, in addition to indexing and abstracts for nearly 300 periodicals dating back to 1984. Subject coverage includes astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, conservation, health & medicine, oceanography, physics, zoology and much more.

SAGE journals online   
SAGE Publications publishes over 500 journals in Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science, Technology and Medicine.

SpringerLink  Full-text access to over 1,000 journals including nearly 200 chemistry titles.

Wiley Online Library   Full-text access to over 500 journals with good coverage of chemistry literature.

Find Articles  is a customised search engine which lets you search across most of DCU Library's online resources from a single search box.

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