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Chemistry Subject Guide: General Resources

Modeling Software

RasMol and VMD are free molecular graphics visualization programs used for exploring biological macromolecule structures (i.e., proteins, nucleic acids and other small molecules such as those found in the Protein Data Bank (PDB)

Discovery Studio Visualizer 3.0 is a free commercial-grade graphics visualization tool for viewing, sharing, and analyzing protein and modeling data.

Drawing Software

GSU has a site license to ChemBioDraw.

The GSU Chemistry department has ChemBioDraw installed on their computers.

ChemSketch is a free software similar to ChemDraw and contains other functions such as making chemical movies (above). ChemSketch is installed on the first and second row computers in Library Classroom 1.  Other free drawing software includes Symyx Draw and MarvinSketch.

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An overview of a topic: Look for books or reference materials using our catalog.

  • Looking for a brief overview of a topic you don’t already know? Search our catalog for the word “encyclopedia” plus a broad topic (ex. encyclopedia chemistry). Or browse our reference collection on Library North 2 (look under Q for science, R for medicine, and T for technology).
  • Looking for in-depth explorations of a topic or field? Search our catalog for the topic. If you don’t find anything, search for a broader topic (e.g. chemotherapy instead of daunorubicin).
  • Looking for the most up-to-date overviews of recent research? Look for review articles in one of the above databases.

Current research and experiments: Look for scholarly articles in one of our databases.

  • Looking for a topic in chemistry? Start with SciFinder or Web of Science.
  • Looking for research including a certain substance or reaction? Do a substance search in SciFinder or Reaxys.
  • Looking for a topic that includes other disciplines? Use Web of Science for chemistry and all other sciences, PubMed for medicine, and ERIC for chemistry education. 

Physical reference data: Use Reaxys’s substance search, the library’s reference books, or physical reference data websites.