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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.


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

To download ChemDraw/ChemOffice:

  1. Start at the ChemDraw/ChemOffice Subscription Gallery page and locate the section for "New York University" (not NYU, it's listed as "New York University").
  2. The first option will say, "Register to download the latest version of ChemDraw." Click the Register button, and you will be taken to a User Registration form. Fill out the form, making sure to enter your NYU email address, and click "Submit." 
  3. You will be redirected to the Revvity Signals Account page. Click on the “New User” tab, then enter your NYU email address again, and provide a password for the account.
  4. Once you've successfully created your account, you will be automatically logged in, and taken to the “List Entitlements" page of the account, which shows a list of subscribed products. Click the "Download Now" link for the first product in that list. 
  5. You will be redirected to a "Download Order" page. Click the ChemOffice+ Cloud Standard link, and there will be a list of installers for different operating systems. Download the one you need.
  6. When you run the ChemDraw/ChemOffice installer, you may be asked for an activation code. You can find your activation code by logging in to the Revvity Signals Account page and looking in the "Product_Activation" column.

Signals Notebook (ELN)

To create a Signals Notebook account:

  1. Start at the Revvity Signals login page and create an account with your NYU email address using the "New User Registration" form (on the right side of the page). 
  2.  Next, go to the ChemDraw/ChemOffice Subscription Gallery and locate the section for "New York University" (not NYU, it's listed as "New York University")
  3. The second option will say, "Access Revvity Signals Cloud Applications." Click the Register button, enter your NYU email address, and click "Submit." You will get a message saying that your institution has been verified. Click "Continue," and you should now be able to log in to the Signals Notebook login page.

Logging in to Signals Notebook:

  1. Start at the Signals Notebook login page. Enter your NYU email address and the password that you chose when you created your Revvity account.

TopSpin (NMR processing and analysis)

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

Cambridge Structural Database

Cambridge 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.

Gaussian and Gaussview

Gaussian lets you model electron structures. This software is capable of handling proteins and large molecules using semi-empirical, ab initio molecular orbital (MO), density functional, and molecular mechanics calculations.

GaussView is a graphical user interface for Gaussian. A desktop license for GaussView is available upon request.

Logger Pro

Logger Pro is a general-purpose data collection and analysis program.

  • Logger Pro is not installed on any public computers in the library, but if your instructor emails you a link to download Logger Pro, or posts a Logger Pro download link to NYU Classes, then it can be downloaded and run on your personal computer.


OriginPro is a software application for data analysis and publication-quality graphing. 

  • A limited number of shared OriginPro licenses are available to NYU Chemistry labs on the Washington Square campus. For more information, students and faculty who are currently affiliated with NYU Chemistry can contact Shereef Elmetwaly.


MATLAB  integrates numerical analysis, matrix computation, signal processing, and graphics in an easy to use environment.


Mathematica is a programming environment designed for mathematical computations.

  • Mathematica is available to students through the Virtual Computer Lab.
  • Distribution is managed by the High Performance Computing group. Email them to learn more about acquiring a license. 

Citation management

Comparison of Reference Management Software: Wikipedia article with summary information twenty different citation management tools, including cost, license, import/export formats, citation and reference list formats, word processor integration, and ability to connect to external databases.