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Chemistry: Subject Guide: Finding Articles

Getting the Full-Text Article

Databases often allow you to download articles directly. Even if they don't, the library may still have the item. Try clicking the "Find It @ GSU" button next to the citation. The window that opens will tell you if the library owns a print or electronic copy. If the item is not in the GSU Library, you can request it via our Interlibrary Loan service. Using the Interlibrary Loan link in the Find It @ GSU window will fill out all the information for you.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

You can search Google Scholar for "Full Text @ GSU" off-campus.

  1. Go to Google Scholar (log in to a Google/Gmail account)
  2. Click on the top left button 
  3. Click "Settings"
  4. Click "Library Links"
  5. Search for "Georgia State University"
  6. Select GSU and Save

Search & Citation Alerts

Search Alerts notify you by e-mail when a stored search retrieves new results on a daily, weekly or monthly basis (depending on the database). Generally, one performs a search and then saves the search to create the alert. Although not all databases have alerts, those that do (e.g. Web of Science) usually allow you to set up different kinds of search alerts.

Author Citation Alert - receive a notification each time the author's work has been cited in a database.

Finding Articles: Databases

Use these databases and collections of journals to find scholarly articles for most topics in Chemistry.

Finding Articles: Journals

Use these links to search within specific journals or journals from a certain publisher. You can also explore open access (freely available) chemistry journals.

Finding Dissertations, Conference Papers, and Proceedings

Not all scientific information is published in journals. If you're looking for everything written on a topic, especially recent developments, check these sources to find conference papers, meeting proceedings, and dissertations.


SMILES - Simplified Molecular Input Line Entry Specification.  A notation for describing chemical molecules. SMILES  can be imported by molecule editors for conversion to 2d or 3d structures.

e.g., Ethanol (C2H5OH) = CCO

InChi - International Chemical Identifier. A notation for describing chemical molecules. Developed by IUPAC and NIST as a standard to encode molecules.  InChi can be imported by molecule editors for conversion to 2d or 3d structures.

e.g., Ethanol (C2H5OH) =


SMILES | InChi Convertor


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