Resources and Research FAQ

Finding books, e-books, articles and journals

Introduction to research

Abbreviations and acronyms

Impact factor and total citations

Safety information

Biographical information

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How do I find whether the library has access to a particular e-journal?

- From the IU Bloomington Libraries website. On the Resource Gateway menu, click on Online Full-text Journals. Type the name of the e-journal that you are looking for in the search box under Find a specific online journal or newspaper. Your query will provide a list of resources including their full-text coverage.
- From the Chemistry Library website. Click on the Electronic Journals link on the left side of the page. That will display an alphabetical list of selected journals relevant to chemistry. 

How do I find whether the library has access to a particular article?

On the IU Bloomington Libraries website, go to the Resource Gateway menu and click on Online Full-text Journals. In the Find a specific article section, type at least the name of the journal and the year.


How do I find a book?

Use IU’s online catalog, IUCAT, to locate books and journal titles held by the IU Libraries statewide (but NOT articles within journals). The red IUCAT button at the top center of most library web pages provides quick access. You must log in to IUCAT with your university network ID and password in order to access Request Delivery and account information services. You may also search IUCAT without a login, but you will be unable to take advantage of certain features that require authentication.


How are books arranged in the Chemistry Library?

- Reference books are arranged by call number in the reference area.

- Current unbound journals, usually less than a year old, are arranged by title.

- Older bound journals are arranged by title.

- Books are arranged by call number.

- Reserves are behind the circulation desk (or available through electronic reserves).


IUCAT is hard to use. How do I just get results for a title I am looking for?

Good question! IUCAT title searches are not restricted to the title of the book, journal, etc. It also finds the words you are looking for in the title of a series, alternate titles, and titles of articles in compendia of articles. If you know the exact title that you are looking for, it may be a good idea to use the Begins With (Browse) capability that can be found at the More IUCAT Searches box that appears on the right side of IUCAT home page. Alternatively, you may try refining your search results to a particular category using the options listed on the right side of the website.


Need more help using IUCAT? Ask a Librarian!

How can I get just e-books in IUCAT? 
In the right side of the IUCAT home page click on E-book Search. Type your query and hit Search. If you click on each of the results, you may find more details including an URL that links to the full text.


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Where are all the e-books hiding?

Indiana University Libraries have access to many e-books. You may look for a particular title using IUCAT or browse the titles available through the websites of the different publishers or the Chemistry Library selected e-books list.


Finding e-books using IUCAT. The majority of the electronic books are cataloged, so you may have access to them using IUCAT. There is an E-book Search capability on the right hand side of the IUCAT home page that limits your search to electronic titles. 

Browsing e-books. There are several options for browsing e-books. A list of selected titles related to the Chemistry Library may be found here. Alternatively, you may browse the titles available from the websites of publishers such as Springer, Wiley, Elsevier, and the Royal Society of Chemistry. Yoy may find more information on how to browse e-books in the e-books page of the Chemistry Library.


Need more help with e-books? Please feel free to send us an e-mail or call at 812-855-9452.


I see a few books in the Chemistry Library but where are the rest?

Books that no longer fit into the stacks are housed at the Ruth Lilly Auxiliary Facility (ALF). Most materials from ALF can be requested. You can find more information about requesting from ALF (delivery and pick up, duration of loans, returning materials, and restricted use items) here. Besides, many of the books in the Chemistry Library collections are e-books. A list of selected e-books can be found here. Alternatively, you may browse the titles available from the websites of the different publishers. Titles from Springer, Wiley, Elsevier, and the Royal Society of Chemistry may be of interest for the chemistry community.


I'm off campus and want to get access to an article I used in the library.

Most of the IU Bloomington Libraries electronic resources are available for IU Bloomington users off campus, though there are some exceptions due to publishers licensing restrictions. To connect to an electronic resource from the IU Bloomington Libraries using a commercial internet service provider (AT&T, America Online, etc.), you will be asked to enter your ADS username and password/passphrase in a dialog box. Once you do that, you should be able to have access to that resource.


If you have problems with a particular journal or database, you may check the information about IT Notices. This page lists elecronic journals and databases that have been reported to have access difficulties.


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Where can I learn how to research a topic?

The Chemistry Library offers several resources to help you get started with your research. A general overview of those resources, including how to find books, journal articles, and using databases, may be downloaded from the Chemistry Library website Guides and Handouts section.

If you need more help, please feel free to send us an e-mail, or call at 812-855-9452.


 Where can I get help resolving chemistry journals abbreviations?

You may use the CAS Source Index (CASSI) search tool. CASSI is an online resource that will help you look up or confirm publication titles and abbreviations. For searching publication titles and abbreviations, select Title or Abbreviation from the list of search choices. Then type the terms and click Search.


I need help with acronyms of chemical substances. Where can I get it?

The Chemistry Library has a database of acronyms and abbreviations. Alternatively, you may try Acronyms, a database from Fiz Chemie Berlin specific for acronyms of chemical substances, that retrieves the chemical name and the structure.


How can I find out the impact factor for a particular journal?

You can use JCR (Journal Citation Reports). The Science Edition is available here. Just select the year from the display menu, and select search for a specific journal. Finally, enter the journal title (full, abbreviated, title word, or ISSN) and hit search. Once you get the result, you may obtain further information (detailed analysis, explanations) by clicking the title of the journal.


I would like to know how many times an article has been cited. How could I do that?

You may use Web of Science. Click on Cited Reference Search, and enter the author's name, journal title, and/or publication year. Then, select the reference from the list, and hit Finish Search. The result is a list of the articles that have cited that article.


How can I browse online the current issue of chemical journals?

1. Please, go to the journals' website. You may find a selected list of chemistry e-journals for the IUB chemistry community here.

2. Once you are in the journal's site, look for "current issue", "latest issue", or "find issue". For instance, in journals from the ACS, display the "Browse the Journal" menu and click on current issue.


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How can I export references from SciFinder to Endnote?

1. In SciFinder, check boxes close to the items you would like to download

2. Click export

3. In the For: menu, select citation export format (*.ris) and click export

4. The references should appear in your Endnote library


How can I export references from Reaxys to Endnote?

1. In Reaxys, check the boxes close to the items you would like to download and click ouput.

2. The Output Citation Results window will appear. In the Output to menu, select Literature Management Systems, and then click OK.

3. In the Output summary, click Download. A new page, which contains the information of your references, will open.

4. Save the page in your computer as Text file (*.txt).

5. Open the appropriate Endnote library.

6. In the File menu, select File > Import > File.

7. Choose the *.txt file that you had previously saved and select Reference Manager (RIS) in the Import Option menu. Click Import.

8. Voila! The references should appear in your Endnote library.


How can I export references from Web of Knowledge to Endnote?

1. In Web of Knowledge, check the boxes to mark the references that you would like to download.
2. Click Save to Endnote, Refman, Procite.
3. The Processing Records page will appear. The citations should be exported automatically. If not, click Export.


From the Marked list:
1. Click on the Marked list
2. Select the fields that you would like to include in the output
2. In the Select and option menu, click Save to Endnote, Refman, Procite.
3. The Processing Records page will open and your references should download directly to your endnote library.


Where can I find the biography of a famous chemist?

There are a number of science and chemistry biographical resources that you could use. Here is a short list of online resources that might be useful:

- The Chemical Heritage Foundation  website has more than 150 biographies of chemists. You may find the list here.

- Catalog of the Scientific Community in the 16th and 17th Centuries. It includes more than 600 biographies of scientists from this period.
- Access Science from McGraw-Hill is a general science encyclopedia, which includes a Biographies section. It is restricted to IU users. You may search by name or by subject.
- Eric Weisstein's World of Scientific Biography encompasses more than 1,000 biographies of scientists from different branches of science.
- Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography, from Gale -- only for the IU community. It provides biographies of scientist from the classical antiquity to modern times.


Where can I get safety information?

IU-Bloomington subscribes to CCINFOweb, which is a good resource for finding general safety information. You may be able to find Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), as well as health and safety information on chemicals, including: health, fire and reactive hazards; and recommendations on safe work practices, handling and storage, accidental release, and first aid.


Besides, the IU Office of Environmental, Health, and Safety Management has information on laboratory safety at IU, including guidelines, waste management, trainings, and spill response. It also includes information about MSDS,


What is an MSDS?

An MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) is a form that includes information about a particular chemical, including physical and chemical properties, handling and storage, toxicity, accidental release measures, first aid measures, fire fighting measures, and personal protection.


Where can I find MSDS?

There are several sources of information on MSDS. IU-Bloomington subscribes to CCINFOweb, which has MSDS from manufacturers and suppliers. You may also search Vermont SIRI MSDS Index, or the websites of chemical manufacturers and suppliers, like Sigma-Aldrich, Fisher Scientific, or Alfa Aesar.


Need more help? Please feel free to send us an e-mail or call at 812-855-9452.


last updated: 2/25/2013