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Chemistry: Help & training

A guide to finding information in chemistry. Includes links to key resources and sources of help.

On this page you will find training materials and sources of support for your studies. In addition to using these resources you may wish to contact your Academic Liaison Librarian for one-to-one help. They are here to help you find and use information. They can...

  • show you how to use information resources effectively
  • show you how to save time by making the most of all Library services
  • give you individual help with research - your librarian can offer in depth help in finding information

Your Chemistry librarian

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Jackie Skinner
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Please contact me if you have a query or need advice on literature searching, accessing resources, referencing or using EndNote/Mendeley.

Email me, or make an appointment using the buttons above. Appointments can be in person or online via MS Teams.

In term-time I also hold a weekly drop-in for quick queries on Tuesdays 13:00-14:00. See the drop-in box on this page for more detail.
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Welcome!

Watch this short video for an introduction to the Library and our services and support for Chemistry. 

If you are unable to view this video on YouTube it is also available on YuJa - view the Library intro video on YuJa (University username and password required)

Library drop-in

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Got a question about the Library, finding information, referencing, literature searching or using EndNote/Mendeley? 

Then come along to the Library drop-in.

When? Tuesdays 13:00-14:00 in term-time

Where? Harry Nursten Building Room 2-64 (the PC Lab at the back of the 2nd Floor)

If you would like to meet online please make an appointment at another time using the button in my contact box.

Other support for your studies

We have a range of videos designed to introduce you to the Library and show you how to use our resources.

Study advice

The Study Advice Team offer study guides, workshops, individual advice sessions, and much more to make your studying more effective and successful. See the Study Advice webpages for more information, or pop in to make an appointment at the Study Advice and Maths Support Desk on the Ground Floor of the Library.

Maths Support

The Maths Support service provides guidance on maths, statistics, psychometric tests and much more. Find all their resources on the website:

Digital Technology Services

DTS provide advice with using computer software and hardware. For individual support pop in and ask at the IT Service Desk on the 1st Floor of the Library. For more information see their website.

If you need guidance on using Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel, Access or PowerPoint try these online tutorials:

International Study and Language Institute (ISLI) - Academic English Programme

If you are an international student, the Academic English Programme offers courses and 1-1 support. 

Literature searching guidance

This series of three videos (available via the tabs in this box) cover:

  • What is a literature search and tips on getting started
  • Finding journal articles and techniques to use, such as truncation and search operators
  • Using specialist chemistry resources (SciFinder and Reaxys) to find articles and chemical information

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

Guides to using Reaxys

Guidance on using SciFinder-n

For support and videos covering specific aspects of using SciFinder-n, see the following website:

Reference management tools

Consider using EndNote or Mendeley to manage your references. See the EndNote/Mendeley page in this guide: