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Guides on using library services and selected resources including journals, databases, ebooks, reference works, etc., for research in chemistry, including: analytical, organic, inorganic, biological, and physical chemistry.


Ready to explore the Chemical information world? This research guide will get you started with resources you need for learning, teaching and research in Chemistry, especially those collected/subscribed by the Library. Please use the side tabs to navigate through recommended databases, journals, ebooks, and other resources. 

If you need any assistance during your chemistry-related research, please contact your Chemistry Librarian as shown in the Library Contact box below. 

Download/print FAQ about Library resources and services for students and researchers in Chemistry. 

Navigate through U-M Library

Q1: How to Access U-M Library?

Q2: How to Find Books?

Q3: How to Check Out and Renew Books?

Q4: How to Find Articles?

  • When you are browsing for literature resources, use one of the recommended databases:
  • When you know the citation of an article (title, author, journal, vol, page…), three ways to access:
    • Use databases, see Q5
    • In SciFinder, when article is found, click Other sources --> Read article --> click MGetIt button to access PDF
    • Go to specific journal and use its Citation Search tool (make sure you are on U-M network)
    • If you encounter paywall trying to access the article
      • Make sure you are using U-M network (if off campus – need VPN, see Q7)
      • Request this article through Interlibrary Loan 
  • View Library tutorials on Finding Articles 

Q5: How to Access Databases?

  • Make sure you have an active account with U-M
    • Contact circulation desk at if you encounter problems with access
    • If your access is confirmed by circulation desk but you still cannot access the database, contact LSA IT Service desk
  • When you know which database to use, type the title in the “Search” box and “Go” at the library homepage 
  • When you do not know which database to use:

Q6: How to Access Patents?

  • In SciFinder
    • Refine --> Document type --> Patent
    • At U-M every user has 5 free accesses to PatentPak (special tool to view patents)
    • Everyone at U-M has unlimited access to view patents by other tools: click on the title of the patent --> Link to Other Sources --> Select any (e.g Espacenet).
    • In Espacenet, click on Patent’s title à Original document or Claims to access PDF.
  • Refer to research guide on Patents and Trademarks 
  • Use database InnovationQ Plus
    • Registration using e-mail is recommended to access full functionality view
    • Tutorials 

Q7: How to Access Resources Remotely?

Q8: How to Get Resources Library Does Not Own?

Q9: How to Browse Resources Recommended?

Q10: How to Get Help?

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