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Resources & tips for Biochemistry Research

What Kind of Information Do You Need?

Before you start your research decide what kinds of information you need.

Need Information on a chemical substance?

PubChem is a great place to start. Get a summary of common names, molecular structure, physical information, drug actions, chemical safety data, and links to literature. By the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), which also runs PubMed.

SciFinder is also a great place to go.


Need an overview of a topic?

Search Books, Videos and More (WorldCat Discovery) from the Library's Main Page. Search the word "Encylopedia" with the topic such as "Biological Chemistry"

For an up-to-date overviews of recent research, search for review articles in one of the chemistry databases. For info on the databases we have and tips on finding review articles, go to the Finding Chemistry & Biochemistry Articles - Indexes & Databases section this guide.


Need information on current research and experiments?

Search for for scholarly/peer reviewed articles in one of our databases. For:

  • A topic in chemistry? Start with SciFinder or Web of Science
  • Research including a certain substance or reaction? Do a substance search in SciFinder
  • A topic that includes other disciplines? Search Web of Science for chemistry and all other sciences, PubMed for medicine and biomedical research, and ERIC for chemistry education


Physical reference data

Use SciFinder substance search or use the resources in the Chemical Structures, Properties, Characteristics section of this guide

Finding the Basics - Handbooks & Dictionaries

The following 2 ebooks are great places to start getting a feel for your topic.

CRC Handbook of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Use this resource to find:

  • Properties
  • Composition
  • Characteristics
  • Structures
  • Physical & Chemical Data
  • Abbreviations
  • Acronyms
  • Terminology

Areas Covered: Amino Acids, Peptides, Proteins, Lipids, Vitamins, Coenzymes, Nucleic Acids, Carbohydrates

Citation: Handbook of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, edited by Roger L. Lundblad, and Fiona Macdonald, CRC Press LLC, 2010. ProQuest Ebook Central,


Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Use this Resource to find:

  • Definitions
  • Details of biochemical substances & the processes in which they are involved
  • Methods & concepts in molecular biology
  • Definitions of biochemical symbols
  • Abbreviations

Areas Covered: Bioinformatics, Biophysics, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, Immunology, Mathematics, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Systems Biology, and Toxicology

Cammack, R. (2006). Oxford dictionary of biochemistry and molecular biology (Rev.). Oxford University Press.