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Chemistry New Grad Student Orientation

This guide is intended to help orient new graduate students in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering to the Purdue University Libraries


Wilmeth Active Learning Center

  • Science & Engineering Library
  • Open stacks
  • Study spaces and classrooms
  • Quiet reading room
  • Librarian offices
  • Open 24 hrs.

Other Libraries

  • Humanities & Social Sciences (HSSE)
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Aviation Technology
  • Black Cultural Center
  • Hicks Undergraduate
  • Parrish Management & Economics


In your career at Purdue, you will...

  • Read and write papers, both for classes and for your own research
  • Write a thesis and/or dissertation
  • Manage the data you generate in your research
  • Teach classes
  • Look for a job

Purdue Libraries can help with all of this, if you know where to look and who to ask.


These resources, and more, can be access through the Libraries' website.

Journals & Books

  • e-Journal List
  • Library Catalog
  • Interlibrary Loan (everywhere, not quite as fast) 
  • Knovel (excellent introductory handbook information)

See individual links below. 

Article Databases

  • Database List
  • SciFinder (the key resource for chemistry topics)
  • Reaxys (powerful organic & inorganic resource)
  • Web of Science (extensive interdisciplinary resource)
  • Google Scholar (powerful, but be careful)

See individual links below. 


Off Campus Access

Go through the Libraries' website.  This will proxy you through our system, and the database and journal websites will know you're affiliated with Purdue.  More details about EZProxy and VPN access can be found here.

Citation Management

Create your own personal database of references relevant to you and your work.   You can organize and share them, and even automatically generate bibliographies in your word documents.

You have a lot of options for citation managers, and it largely comes down to personal preference.  Options include Zotero (free, open source), EndNote (free online, but the desktop version can be expensive), Mendeley (freemium), and many more.  


ChemDraw and MestRe Nova are available.  See the Chemistry Software tab of this guide.