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Chemistry: Journal articles

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

Outline of a person holding a pile of blue volumes on a trayJournal articles are usually short papers on specific topics. They are published in issues or parts of journals (also called periodicals) which appear regularly. Use articles to find:

  • up-to-date research in your subject
  • reviews of developments in your subject - these review articles include extensive lists of references

Finding journal articles

Search the Summon discovery service using the box below to find full-text journal articles available via the Library. Search using topic topic words or for a specific article title.

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Search databases covering your subject

Alternatively try the subject-related databases listed below. They will give you references to journal articles - they may also give you the full-text of the article, or at least link you to the full-text if it is available online.

Key databases for finding journal articles

Chemistry-specific databases

General databases

Search ScienceDirect

If you are off-campus you will need to login to view the full-text of any of your results. Once viewing your results click on the Sign-in option at the top of the screen, select 'Other institution login', search for 'Reading' and login using your University username and password.

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Citing journal articles in the RSC style

In the text of your coursework insert a superscript number in sequence. Read more about this on the citing references page.

In your bibliography journal articles (online and in print) should be referenced as:

  1. A. Surname, B. Surname and C. Surname, Abbreviated Journal Title, year, volume number, page numbers.
  2. P.M. Keane, F.E. Poynton, J.P. Hall, I.P. Clark, I.V. Sazanovich, M. Towrie, T. Gunnluagsson, S.J. Quinn, C.J. Cardin and J.M. Kelly, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2012, 6, 734-738.

If there are no page numbers include the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) instead. The abbreviated forms of journal titles can be found at:


If you are having difficulties accessing articles via Summon or one of our databases see the links below.

If there is a problem with a Library e-resource please fill in a problem report form.

Video: finding a journal article from a reference

This video will show you how to find out if the Library has access to a specific article - online or in print.

Video: discovering online articles and chapters with Summon

Getting articles not held at Reading

Map of the south of the UKOur Inter-Library Loans service can get articles not held at Reading from other libraries (usually from the British Library).

For more information see our webpages: