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Litterature queries

The Department of Chemistry has the access to a number of databases. Some of the databases are publication based (e.g. Chemical Abstract and INSPEC) and some are facts based (e.g. Beilstein and Gmelin). The access rules differ between the databases. Suggestions of additional databases are welcomed. Contact the Library responsible.

Chemical Abstracts

CA is based on abstracts of scientific publications. It covers thousands of magazines and patent registrations from 1900 and up to today. CA registers all new chemical compounds, structures, substructures etc. CA's register code is commonly used outside the database. The electronic edition of CA covers the entire period from 1907. The CA database is accessed using the program SciFinder Scholar (free, in Danish).

There are other ways to access CA (but not for free). The different possibilities are described at Chemical Abstracts homepage.


The Department has the access to SwetsWise through the University Library. SwetsWise provides searches by subjects, authors etc. from a great number of magazines. (Among others magazines published by American Chemical Society, Academic Press, Elsevier, Karger, Kluwer, Royal Society of Chemistry and Springer. The access to SwetsWise is based on IP-addresses. Access from outside the University is obtained using punkt.ku login.

Web of Science

Web of Science is a web based edition of the Science Citation Index. Web of Science is regularly updated and covers the period from 1945 and up to today. Access is based on IP-address and may be accessed by all computers at the University. Access from outside the University is obtained using punkt.ku login. (Danmarks Elektroniske Fag og Forskningsbibliotek / The Electronical Research Library of Denmark) gives the access to search and information services of a number of reserach libraries.

Beilstein and Gmelin Databases

The Beilstein and Gmelin databases are accessed through the CrossFire program. The program must be installed on your computer (PC or Macintosh). The most recent version of the program can be downloaded from the University Library, KUB , where also a guide to installation can be found.

The Beilstein database is based on Beilstein's Handbuch der organichen Chemie. The database covers inorganic and metalorganic compounds from 1772 and up to today. The Beilstein database contains more than 1,5 million compounds inclusive glass, alloys, cheramical materials, minerals and coordinational compounds, and more than 1,25 million reactions.

Gmelin is continually updated. Descriptions and details for usage are found on the CrossFire homepage. In addition to V6(SP1), AutoNom 2000 has to be installed to access the database. AutoNom may also be installed as an add-on to ISIS/Draw.


Due to subscriptions at DNLB, The Department of Chemistry has the access to INSPEC . The access to INSPEC is based on IP-addresses, and access is given through all computers at the Department. INSPEC is a bibliographic based database covering astronomy, computer science, electronics and physics from the year of 1969 and up to today. INSPEC is updated weekly and covers about 4200 magazines, furthermore books, disputes, reports and conference papers are covered.

INSPEC contains references and abstracts. Based on subscription, links to the publishers or articles are provided. INSPEC is equiped with a well developed thesaurus, an index and an electronical guide.


NIST Chemistry Netbook contains physical-chemical data of the type:

  • Gas Phase Thermochemistry Data
  • Condensed Phase Thermochemistry Data
  • Phase Change Data
  • Reaction Thermochemistry Data
  • Gas Phase Ion Energetics Data
  • Ion Clustering Data
  • Gas Phase IR Spectra
  • Mass Spectra
  • UV/Vis Spectra
  • Vibrational and Electronic Spectra
  • Constants of Diatomic Molecules
  • Henry's Law Data

The NIST Chemistry Netbook provides for a variety of searches such as name, formula, size etc.

PDB - The Protein Databank

The Protein Databank is a database of protein and macromolecular structures. Login is not required. Details for usage are found on the PDB homepage; address above.


MEDLINE is a bibliography of biomedicine, covering the years from 1966 up to today. MEDLINE is published by the National Library of Medicine - USA (NLM) and is the biomedical equivalent to Chemical Abstracts.

On a higher hierarchy PubMed provides for biochemical information and search queries on nucleotides, proteins, genom-sequenses etc. Some of the features require plug-ins.

MEDLINE may also be accessed by ScienceDirect and DNLB (Webspirs). SciFinder Scholar also includes MEDLINE in their search - however they do restrict their search results.