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College Level Open Source Databases
UNLV uses this and their library states "A free chemical structure database providing fast text and structure search access to over 28 million structures from hundreds of data sources, produced by the Royal Society of Chemistry."
Toxic Data Network (TOXNET)
"Search databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases."
PubChem (Beta Search)
UNLV's library describes this open source database: "PubChem provides information on the biological activities of small molecules searchable by compound, substance or bioassay. PubChem includes physical data, drug information, and chemical structure graphics. This database is maintained by the U.S. National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)."
Protein Database (NCBI)
"... a collection of sequences from several sources, including translations from annotated coding regions in GenBank, RefSeq and TPA, as well as records from SwissProt, PIR, PRF, and PDB. Protein sequences are the fundamental determinants of biological structure and function."
RCSB Protein Data Bank
Biochemistry resource: "This resource is powered by the Protein Data Bank archive-information about the 3D shapes of proteins, nucleic acids, and complex assemblies that helps students and researchers understand all aspects of biomedicine and agriculture, from protein synthesis to health and disease."
NIST Chemistry Webbook
From the National Institute of Standards and Technology
When you want to know whether or not a resource will be useful to you, remember to think like A-CRAB. Consider the following qualities:
- A uthority (Who is the author of the content (not the webmaster)? What organization or institution published the content?)
- C urrency (Do you see a copyright date that is current? Are the links up to date or broken?)
- R elevance (Is the content relevant to the website and what you're researching?)
- A ccuracy (What is the purpose of the website and web page you wish to use information from? Are the sources credited?
- B ias (Is the information presented bias or opinion?)
|Tip: To search across multiple government websites in Google, include site:.gov in the search, like this. It will limit the search results to US federal, state, and local government websites.
Courtesy of USCD https://ucsd.libguides.com/chem6c/government
Government and Health Related Websites
Hathi Trust: A Shared Digital Repository
A searchable catalog of digital books from university libraries, most of which are in the public domain.
National Academies Press
The National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council provide access to full-text PDFs of books and reports on this website.
Science Books Online
A repository of various chemistry related eBooks and websites that you may find useful. You will still need to use your web evaluation skills to determine whether the information is current enough, reliable, and related to your topic or not.