Chemistry and Forensic Science resources

Your Liaison Librarian: Scott Chesworth      email:    tel: +44 (0)1782 734510

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Chemistry Explained
Provides easy-to-understand descriptions of concepts, chemicals, compounds, processes and more related to the field of Chemistry.

ChemSpider (RSC)
Chemical structure database providing fast text and structure search access to over 58 million structures from hundreds of data sources.

ChemSpider Synthetic Pages (RSC)
Database of practical procedures for research workers in synthetic chemistry. Encourages submissions from graduate students, postdocs, industrialists and academics.

ECOTOX Knowledgebase
Provides single chemical toxicity information for aquatic and terrestrial life.

Physical Sciences Data-science Service (PSDS)
PSDS aims to integrate new data science approaches to topics ranging from archaeology to astrophysics. PSDS is available to all students and other members of UK academic institutions, please register with your Keele email address.

Information on the biological activities of small molecules. PubChem is organized as three linked databases: PubChem Substance, PubChem Compound and PubChem BioAssay. Also provides a fast chemical similarity search tool.

Built by chemistry, content and technology experts, Reaxys makes it easier to find relevant literature, retrieve precise compound property and reaction data, and incorporate that information into research workflows.

SpringerNature Experiments
Database of reproducible laboratory protocols in the life and biomedical sciences.

WebElements periodic table
Web version of the periodic table of the elements, by Mark Winter of Sheffield University.

American Chemical Society (ACS) publications
Access peer-reviewed research journals in the chemical and related sciences.

Analytical Abstracts (RSC)
Covering a wide range of sources from 1980 to the present day, you can search literature records for specific analytes, matrices or techniques, tailor your reading to your subject area of choice or simply browse recently added articles.

Cambridge Core
Cambridge University Press publishes a wide range of high-quality academic content across Cambridge Core, including leading journals, research monographs, reference works and textbooks.

Chemical Hazards in Industry (RSC)
Covering a wide range of primary sources, including key scientific and trade journals. Topics covered include health and safety; chemical and biological hazards; plant safety; legislation; protective equipment and storage.

EBSCO Life Sciences databases
Includes SPORTDiscus with Full Text, Academic Search Complete, CINAHL Plus with Full Text, MEDLINE, PsycINFO

Digital archive of over 1,000 academic journals covering the sciences, social sciences and humanities.

Laboratory Hazards Bulletin (RSC)
Provides details of literature reports on safety measures, potential hazards and new legislation affecting workers in laboratories. Covering a wide range of primary sources, including key scientific and trade journals, you can search records according to subject and chemical keywords.

Natural Product Updates (RSC)
Natural Product Updates is a literature updating service keeping you current with recent developments in natural products chemistry.

Oxford Academic Journals
A collection of more than 300 electronic journal titles from Oxford University Press with full-text access from 1996 to the latest issue for all titles.

Physical Sciences Data-science Service (PSDS)
PSDS aims to integrate new data science approaches to topics ranging from archaeology to astrophysics, and is funded by EPSRC. The PSDS is available to all students and other members of UK academic institutions, please register with your Keele email address.

Provides access to multi-disciplinary databases and full text articles.

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) journals
Access more than 80 peer-reviewed journals.

Sage Journals
A collection of over 600 full-text international peer-reviewed journals titles, dating back to 1999 for most titles.

Leading scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters.

Synthetic Reaction Updates (RSC)
Includes the most important reactions published in recent scientific literature, presented as easy to read reaction schemes searchable by topic and reaction type.

Taylor & Francis Online
Over 1,500 journals covering a range of disciplines.

Web of Science - Clarivate
Search a variety of scholarly databases, including Web of Science Citations Index, Index Chemicus and MEDLINE (bio-medical).

Wiley Online Library
Access the full text of over 1,400 journals covering a range of disciplines.

VLeBooks (previously DawsonEra)
One of our core ebook collections with many titles relevant for Chemistry and related subjects.

EBSCO eBook collection
Access a selection of ebooks and search for titles containing chemistry, forensic science or related subjects.

Issues in Environmental Science and Technology (RSC)
A selection of over 50 ebook titles covering topics within environmental chemistry.

ProQuest Ebook Central
This ebook platform is another of our core ebook collections.

Forensic Science International
An international journal dedicated to the applications of medicine and science in the administration of justice. You can access full-text journal articles from 1995 right up to the present date.

A journal database containing full-text international and US journals titles primarily regarding law and legal history.

Journal of Forensic Sciences
The Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) is the official publication of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. You can access full-text journal articles from 2006 right up to the present date. An historical backfile of issues from 1972-2005 is also available on a DVD in the Library

A legal database containing journals, case reports and UK legislation.

Science & Justice
Contains original articles, reviews and correspondence on subjects that spark debates applying science to legal proceedings. You can access full-text journal articles from 1995 right up to the present date.

Westlaw UK
Contains Law Reports, legislation and full-text access to legal journals.


European Newsstream - ProQuest
Provides the searchable full-text of articles published in around 30 UK newspapers including The Times, Telegraph, Guardian and The Independent.

A news and business service which includes around 12,000 publications, including worldwide, national and local newspapers.

The Times Digital Archive
Search the complete digital edition of The Times from 1785-2011. The entire newspaper is captured with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos.

Box of Broadcasts (BoB)
Box of Broadcasts (BoB) National is a TV and radio recording service and is freely available to all staff and students at Keele. Record and catch-up on programmes from 60+ TV and radio channels that have been broadcast in the last 30 days. You will need your Keele username and password to sign-in.

British Library EThOS
The British Library ETHOS project provides electronic access to research theses from many UK universities.

Google Scholar
The most famous web search engine can search for academic journals and literature too. In Google Scholar’s settings you can also customise your results to quickly see which of them you have full-text access to through Keele Library. To get this working, before you perform your search click on Settings and type 'keele' into the Library Links search box. Tick the Keele University – view online @Keele box, click on Save Preferences and you're ready to go. When you've typed in your search, any results with ‘view-online@Keele' link next to the title provide a direct link through to the article.

Keele Research Repository
A digital archive of research and enterprise output produced by Keele University staff.

Library Hub Discover
Library Hub Discover replaces Copac and SUNCAT. This catalogue gives you access to details of materials held in many UK national, academic and specialist libraries.

Psych Web
Psychology related information for students and teachers.

Reference management software which you can use to import, manage and save references from your research, whether they are from books, library databases, journals, web pages or other sources. You will need your Keele username and password to access RefWorks.

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The Liaison Librarian for Chemistry and Forensic Science is Scott Chesworth. If you’d like more in-depth help on using resources, want advice on how to search effectively, or want to further develop your information or digital literacy skills you can contact Scott and ask for an appointment:

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