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This guide highlights key information and resources for chemistry research.

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Jenna Strawbridge
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The majority of our electronic databases and journals are restricted for use only by Duke faculty, staff, and students. If you are on campus, the library automatically recognizes your IP address (or sometimes asks for your net ID in order to authenticate).

However, if you are off campus, you will need to log in with your net ID in order to be authenticated, and some resources may even require you to log on using Duke's VPN software.

SciFinder, Reaxys, and Web of Science are all great starting places. Check out the chemistry databases page for more info. See Choosing the Best Research Tool for a comparison of Reaxys, SciFinder, and Web of Science as well as appropriate sources by information need.

Journal: Be sure that you are looking in both the catalog for the journal and not just through the Online Journal Titles list. While most of our scientific journals are available online, we have many titles (especially older volumes) in print format. Most of these older print journals are located off-site at the Library Services Center (LSC) and will need to be requested. If we don't have your desired journal, you can request the individual article through Interlibrary Request (see below).

Book: If you can't locate the book in the catalog, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan. Use your Duke net ID to log into your Interlibrary Loan Account and be sure to specify as much information as you can about the desired book. If there is a resource you think Duke Libraries should purchase, please submit a Suggest a Purchase form.

Yes! Duke supports EndNote, Zotero, and RefWorks. Within the sciences, EndNote and Zotero tend to be the most popular. Duke offers access to EndNote and Zotero is freely available online.

Check out the section on Citing Sources for tutorials on how to use these tools.