Use the databases listed on this page to find relevant information on topics in chemistry. They will give you access to both primary and secondary sources of information.
Search Summon to find online journal articles and book chapters.
Use these to find literature and chemical information.
General resources for finding literature
These sources cover all subjects but are very useful for finding chemistry-related publications.
For support and videos covering specific aspects of using SciFinder-n, see the following website:
This series of three videos (available via the tabs in this box) cover:
You will need to login using your University email address and password to view the videos.
We also have the following generic guides to literature searching and searching databases:
This video covers finding journal articles, including techniques to use, such as truncation and search operators.
This video covers using specialist chemistry resources (SciFinder and Reaxys) to find articles and chemical information.
Extra help on using SciFinder
Extra help on using reaxys
If you are on campus you will be able to access most e-journals and e-books, and some databases, without entering a username and password because your IP address identifies you as being at the University of Reading.
For any that require a login, see the Off-campus tab.
When you are off-campus you will need to login to identify yourself as a member of the University of Reading to gain access to our protected databases, e-books and e-journals.
Your login details
You login in the same way as for Blackboard - via Microsoft. Just enter your University username followed by @student.reading.ac.uk (e.g. email@example.com) and your password. If this is the first time you have logged in via this method when off-campus you will be asked to complete a Multi-Factor Authentication. For more information see:
Getting to the login page...
Watch this short video on how you login to use Library resources.
If you are unable to view this video on YouTube it is also available on YuJa - view the Logging in to the Library video on YuJa (University username and password required)
Our Inter-Library Loans service can get articles, books and other publications not held at Reading from other libraries (usually from the British Library).
For more information see our webpages: