The recommended databases are listed in order of importance to the field of chemistry. SciFinder is used for topic, structure and reaction searching while Web of Science is used for topic and cited reference searching and PubMed is the option for searching the biomedical (including biochemical) literature. ACS, RSC, NRC (Canadian content), Sciencedirect, Wiley Online, SpringerLink and IEEE/IET all are publisher databases with a focus on their specific holdings of journals, some specific to chemistry and some that include chemistry. WebCSD is used for structure searching. ChemSpider is used for structure drawing. Finally, there are reference tools available online. Related databases are just that, related but not specific to the field of chemistry.

Recommended Databases

SciFinder   [You Must First Create an Account]
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Web of Science [via ISI Web of Knowledge]  
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PubMed 
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ACS Publications 
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Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) 
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NRC Research Press Journals 
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ScienceDirect 
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Wiley Online Library 
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SpringerLink 
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IEEE/IET electronic library (IEL) 
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WebCSD - Cambridge Structural Database 
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ChemSpider 
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Merck Index Online 
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Related Databases

eMagRes 
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Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (ELS) 
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arXiv 
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Dissertations & Theses (A&I) 
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BIOSIS Citation Index [via ISI Web of Knowledge] 
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Google Scholar 
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