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Chemical Identifiers

Chemical Name: Chemicals can have dozens of synonyms. Common types of chemical names include:

  • Common name

e.g. ibuprofen

  • Trade name

e.g. Advil

e.g. 2-(4-isobutylphenyl)propanoic acid

  • Other synonyms

e.g. list of synonyms for ibuprofen

Molecular Formula: Be careful using molecular formula to search; many substances have the same molecular formula.

e.g. C13H18O2

CAS Registry Number: CAS Registry Numbers are unique chemical identifiers. CAS Numbers are proprietary identifiers maintained by Chemical Abstact Services (CAS), makers of SciFinder. Many chemistry databases make use of CAS Numbers.

e.g. 15687-27-1

Wikipedia/Common Chemistry: This Wikipedia/CAS collaboration is handy for finding identifiers for common chemicals.

Citation Management

Organize your sources and cite them automatically in your papers using one of these free citation managers.

American Chemical Society (ACS) Style

ACS Style is commonly used by chemists. It is the style used by the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Physical & Chemical Properties

  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
    A comprehensive handbook of constants, properties, and data for every branch of science.
  • NIST Chemistry WebBook
    Searchable data collections from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) covering thermochemical and reaction data for organic and inorganic compounds, spectra, constants of diatomic molecules, ion energetics, and thermophysical data.
  • SciFinder
    Contains property data for more than 89 million substances. Register for an account using your York email address.
  • Reaxys
    Reaxys is based on the Gmelin and Beilstein handbooks, two classic references for physical property data. It contains data for over 24 million substances.
  • Combined Chemical Dictionary
    “This dictionary is a structured database containing detailed information on chemical substances. It includes descriptive and numerical data on the chemical, physical, and biological properties of compounds; systematic and common names of compounds; literature reference; structure diagrams and their associated connection tables.” Contains over 500,000 compounds.
  • Kaye & Laby
    The free online edition of this classic reference work. Contains tables of physical and chemical constants in SI units. Maintained by the National Physical Laboratory (UK).
  • PubChem
    Contains property data on over 145 million substances.
  • ChemSpider
    Contains property data on over 30 million substances.
  • Knovel Handbooks
    A searchable collection of handbooks on science and engineering topics, including chemistry and chemical engineering.
  • The Merck Index
    "A source of data on over 10,000 compounds chosen particularly for their importance in biology, medicine, and ecology."
  • Lange's Handbook of Chemistry
    Provides property data for over 4000 organic and 1400 organic compounds.
  • Polymers: A Property Database
    "Provides scientific and commercial information on over 1,050 polymers."
  • Handbook of Inorganic Compounds
    "Covers physical constants and other properties for about 3300 inorganic compounds."
    Call Number: Steacie Reference QD 155.5 H36 2011

Patent-Containing Chemistry Databases

  • SciFinder
    Patents can be searched for by patent number, assignee, inventor, and publication year. Patents are also linked from substance records.
  • Reaxys
    Patents can be searched for by patent number, assignee, year, status, inventor, and several other properties. Patents are also linked from substance records.
  • ChemSpider
    Patents are linked from substance records
  • PubChem
    Patents are linked from substance records.
  • Merck Index
    Patent information is provided in the records of many substances.
  • The Canadian Patent Register  Icon
    Contains Canadian patents associated with human and veterinary drugs. Maintained by Health Canada.

General Patent Databases

  • Espacenet
    The European Patent Office's international patent database contains patents from 1836 to present.
  • Canadian Patents Database  Icon
    A database of Canadian patents registered since 1869.
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
    A database of patents registered with the USPTO since 1790.
  • Google Patents
    Searches patent documents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO), and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Safety Data - Databases

    A portal to databases containing reliable information on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and environmental health. Maintained by the National Library of Medicine. Search the databases individually or together. Databases include ChemIDPlus (a chemical index), the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB), Toxline (an article database containing biochemical, pharmacological, physiological, and toxicological effects of drugs and other chemicals), and the Household Products Database (hazards of common household chemicals). Visit the Decision Guide for help in choosing the right database.
  • Sigma-Aldrich
    Sigma-Aldrich is the world's largest provider of research biomedical and organic chemicals. Material Safety Data Sheets for their products are available on each product page under Safety & Documentation.
  • ChemSpider
    Safety data is linked to from substance records under Data Sources.
  • PubChem
    A freely available chemical substance database that includes safety and toxicity data. Maintained by the National Centre for Biotechnology Information.

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