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Use articles for:

  • research on your topic
  • current, specific, in-depth information
  • peer-reviewed (scholarly) information
  • reference lists for further research

What's a Database?

Article databases contain information about articles, and often include the full-text of the articles as well.

While searching our discovery service will find articles for you, databases allow you do more controlled and precise searching.

Articles from Online Databases

References to data retrieved from a database should be cited like a web site and include the CAS Registry Number (RN) or chemical name and the date the database was accessed. If the data are calculated data, also cite the software used for the calculation.


SciFinder; Chemical Abstracts Service: Columbus, OH; carbon-13 NMR spectrum; spectrum ID CC-03-C_SPC-3734; RN 50-52-2; (accessed June 9, 2010).

Chemical Abstracts Service: Columbus, OH; Density; RN 50-52-2; (accessed June 9, 2010); calculated using ACD/Labs software, version 8.14; ACD/Labs 1994-2007.SciFinder

Other databases

Spectral Database for Organic Compounds (SDBS); mass spectrum; SDBS No.: 4778; RN 87-86-5; (accessed June 14, 2010).

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American Chemical Society Style Guide

QD 8.5 .A25 2006