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Chemical Information Resources

Finding Chemical Property or Reaction Information

Resources use different naming conventions for chemical substances.  Thus, searching by substance name is the least efficient way to find chemical information.  The following approach is recommended when searching for chemical property or reaction information:

  • Structure: Utilize structure editor in resource to draw substance.  Most effective method of searching, but structure editor not available in all resources.
  • Chemical Abstracts Services Registry Number (CAS RN): The Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) of the American Chemical Society assigns unique identification numbers to chemical substances, e.g. 1007-32-5.  Highly accurate method of searching, but not 100%, particularly in databases not produced by CAS.
  • Molecular Formula: Effective search method, but may retrieve long list of results.

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