Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Research Guides

CHEM 212: Organic Chemistry II: Home

Borrowing from Elsewhere

owl mail

Can't find what you're looking for at Wellesley?

Use WorldCat Discovery to search and request directly from libraries worldwide via Interlibrary Loan.

Questions? Interlibrary Loan Guide

Journal Abbreviations!?!?

Chemists love to make their references as short as possible!  They also love abbreviations.  This can make things a little tricky when you are creating your reference section, or trying to interpret someone else's.  Here are some tools you can use to figure out those abbreviations.

CAS Registry Numbers


SciFinder Search Tips & Support

SciFinder Refresher

How Scientific Information is Communicated

Scientists communicate their work in a variety of ways. Here is some additional information:

How to Search for Chemicals

  • Name
    • You can use trade names, common names, or IUPAC names.  Sometimes using a name can be good if you are using a database that uses chemical 'indexing' because you will find all of the information about a chemical using one name (like SciFinder) but it is more difficult with a database like Web of Science because you might miss articles if you only use one name.
  • Molecular Formula
    • Very rarely useful to search because there are so many chemicals with the same formula!
  • Molecular Structure
    • Sometimes useful because it can allow you to do similarity searching and substructure searching.  Sometimes it's overkill when you have a name (quicker).
  • CAS Registry Number
    • If the tool you are using allows for CAS Registry Number searching this is the BEST.  CAS Registry Numbers are like social security numbers for chemicals.

Links to Resources

These are some suggestions for tools you can use to do research on your drug.


Use this software to draw chemical structures. Draw professional looking structures for your lab reports, presentations, and Organic Chemistry II Paper!

Your Librarian

Sarah Barbrow's picture
Sarah Barbrow
JavaScript disabled or chat unavailable.
📞 781-283-3021
📅 Office Location: Clapp Library

Browse Top Ranked Journals: Organic Chemistry

These are some quick links to top-ranked journals, which are not meant to represent our entire collection. Check the catalog for more journals additional coverage.