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Chemistry: Websites

Useful Websites

NIST Chemistry WebBook
Provides access to data including thermochemical data, reaction thermochemistry data, IR spectra, mass spectra, ion energetics data, and more.

An open chemistry database containing chemical structures, identifiers, chemical and physical properties, biological activities, patnets, health, safety, toxicity data, and much more.

Specialized Information Services
From the National Library of Medicine, this website contains various resources on toxicology, environmental health, and more.

Search multiple databases from the National Library of Medicine including those covering toxicology and biochemistry.

Evaluating Websites

Remember, anyone can publish anything online!  Make sure you take a critical look at any websites you are considering using for your research!  Some things to ask yourself about the website...

  • Who or what group is the author?  What are their credentials.
    • This could be a person, company, organization, etc. Think about what makes this person or group an authority or expert on the subject.
  • Who is the intended audience? 
    • This could be the general public, other experts in the field, children, parents, etc.
  • Is the information accurate and unbiased?
    • Is it clear if the information being presented is fact or opinion?  If it's fact, are there citations or links to where the author has found supporting information?
  • Is the information current?
    • Try to find out when the website was last updated or if there is a publication date for the particular page you are viewing.

For more information on evaluating websites, check out this research guide.

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