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This Guide is in support of the research and teaching needs of the Department of Chemistry at UVA

What is in this research guide?

Find Articles and Meeting Papers
  • Find articles in scholarly and/or peer-reviewed journals
  • Find articles in magazines, newspapers, and trade publications
  • Find papers from conferences and meetings
  • Register for and request articles and papers through Interlibrary Loan
Find Properties and Spectra
  • Find chemical and physical properties of compounds
  • Find specialty properties like spectra and phase diagrams
Find Patents
  • Search for U.S. patents or international patents
  • Learn about patent classifications
Find Books and Dissertations
  • Search for print books or electronic books (e-books)
  • Find UVA Dissertations and Theses, as well as those from other institutions
  • Register for and request books and dissertations through Interlibrary Loan
Course Related Pages
  • See specific course guides created by instructor request
Resources for…
  • Resources in support of a variety of activities related to teaching and scholarship:
    • Careers in Chemistry
    • Open Access Options in Chemistry
    • Research Ethics
    • Writing and Publishing

Whether you are new to UVA or simply new to using the UVA Library, whether you are a student, faculty, or staff member, here are some tips, tricks and resources to be aware of to make your experience easier and more efficient.

Practically Mandatory

Highly Recommended

  • Download and install ChemDraw using your email address to register (Note: this is a Chemistry Department license).
  • Manage your citation library and PDFs using bibliographic management software like EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley, or others.  (Consult with your research group or contact a librarian for advice.) If you use EndNote, be sure to: 
    • Select Edit -> Preferences (Windows) or Endnote -> Preferences (Mac) and then select the “Find Full Text” option. Make sure the Web of Science and DOI boxes are checked (and PubMed can be checked as well). To use the library OpenURL server to download articles subscribed to by the library, check the OpenURL box, and insert this into the OpenURL Path box:

    • You can also enter the proxy server address under “Authenticate with: URL:”

    • Go to the "URL & Links" option, and make sure that the ISI Base URL url does not contain an https, but only a http. It should read

  • Register for an ORCID

Optional, but Highly Useful

  • Research Data Services
    • Guidance on data tools and technologies like R, Python, Stata, SPSS, SAS, and more. Contact:
    • Support for data management and data sharing plans, guidance on selecting a data repository, and consulting on the preparation, documentation, organization and formatting of data for sharing and archiving. Contact:
    • Accessing and installing University site-licensed software, including SPSS, SAS, Ansys, Labview, Matlab and others. Contact:

UVA Libraries Reload Button

Doing research off-Grounds? Try out the reload button! Add the button to your browser's bookmark toolbar (see instructions below), and whenever you come across a journal or article you think you should be able to access, click the button to reload the page through the UVA Library proxy.


Reload @ UVA


Drag the button to the bookmarks toolbar or right click and select the "Bookmark This Link" option.

Chrome or Safari:
Drag the button to the bookmarks toolbar. If the bookmarks toolbar isn't visible, press Ctrl + Shift + B (in Chrome).

Internet Explorer:
Right click the button and choose the "Add to favorites..." option. You may get a warning about adding unsafe links. While it's good practice to be wary, we believe this link is safe.

*Note: Reloading the page through the proxy still won't give you access if it's a resource we don't subscribe to. To verify access, look up the journal or database in the appropriate list.  Credit to Robin Dasler at UMD for developing this simple, yet key, research tool!