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Chemistry (New York, Abu Dhabi, Shanghai)

This is a guide for finding books, articles, and data in chemistry. It also includes links to download ChemDraw and other software, and information about using the proxy prefix and bookmarklet for off-campus access.

Welcome to Chemistry at NYU Libraries!

Use the tabs on the left to locate: 

  • Books (including ebooks) using library catalogs like Bobcat and Worldcat.
  • Research articles, conference proceedings, & patents using databases (like SciFinder Scholar and Web of Science).
  • Properties data (chemical, spectral, etc.) in library databases (SciFinder, Reaxys) as well as web resources (NIST, SDBS).
  • Software/Tools for drawing structures, citation management, and data analysis.
  • Off-Campus Access info to make it easier to get full-text when you're not on campus.

Best Bets for Searching

SciFinder Scholar -- Searches the chemistry literature, including scholarly journals, patents, and conference proceedings. Also displays properties data (physical, chemical, spectral), purchasing and regulatory information. You can search by keyword or topic, as well as by structure.

Reaxys -- includes dynamic synthesis planner to design the optimum synthesis route and multi-step reaction tools to identify precursor reactions underlying synthesis of target compounds. Searchable by structure, formula, and reaction.

Web of Science (Science Citation Index) -- Search scholarly literature for chemistry, physics, and biology. It also has citation information (how many times an article has been cited), and special features like citation and search alerts, as well as advanced analytics.

Popular Downloads

ChemDraw lets you locate properties information for structures and create publication-quality structural diagrams/models. 

  • To download ChemDraw, you'll need to create a personal account using the PerkinElmer "User Registration" form. (Note: If that form doesn't work for you, either try in a different browser, or start here and locate the download links for NYU.)
  • After you've created the account, you'll receive an email letting you verify your NYU email address. Then, you can log in and download ChemDraw 19.0. The activation code for your software will be located in the Order History section of your account (on the left).
  • If you do not receive an email after you create the account, log in to the PerkinElmer account that you've just created. You'll see a tiny link in the middle of the page that will let you download the ChemDraw 19.0. 
  • Please contact Cambridgesoft/PerkinElmer directly at 1-781-663-5740 with any questions or problems downloading ChemDraw. If you're having trouble downloading ChemDraw, and need to use the software ASAP, it's installed on the Data Services computers, located on the 5th floor of Bobst Library. These computers are available from 7am-1am during normal semester hours, but check the library's "Open Stacks" hours to confirm late night access. 

‚ÄčCambridge Structural Database (CSD) is a worldwide repository of small molecule crystal structures hosted by Cambridge Crystallographic Data Center (CCDC). NYU has a site license to access CSD.


OriginPro is a software application for data analysis and publication-quality graphing. NYU's license for OriginPro 9.1 includes 10 concurrent lab seats. OriginPro is available on Data Services computers.To download the software in your lab, please contact Shereef Elmetwaly in NYU Chemistry.


TopSpin is NMR processing software for Windows, Mac, and Linux.