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Recommended Free Websites
American Chemical Society (ACS)
World's largest professional society for chemists and the leading publisher of peer-reviewed research journals in the chemical and related sciences. From this site, you can also browse the current news and many of the articles from the various ACS journals and magazines such as C&EN Online.
Chemistry Links from the University of Cambridge
Portal to 2,000 of the best chemistry sites including university chemistry departments around the world, learned societies, online chemistry clubs, chemistry journals and data.
The richest single source of structure-based chemistry information. Provided by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Provides free access to the information chemists need to enhance their research, product development, self-development, education, and/or their businesses in chemistry and related disciplines. Requires registration (free) for access.
Molecular Visualization Freeware
"Top 5" 3D Molecular Visualization Technologies that are easy enough for students, yet powerful enough for researchers.
NIST Chemistry WebBook
Provides thermochemical, thermophysical, and ion energetics data compiled by NIST under the Standard Reference Data Program. Contains IR spectra for over 5,000 compounds and mass spectra for over 8,000 compounds.
Organic Chemistry Resources Worldwide
An organic chemistry metasite divided into sections on literature, laboratory resources, teaching, conferences, and more.
Provides a search of the government's scientific and technical information.
WorldWide Science.Org -The Global Science Gateway
Global federated searching of national and international scientific databases and portals that returns results in relevance-ranked order.
"Can I Use this Website in my Research?"
Not all websites were created equal. Some may be very helpful and appropriate for use in an academic setting, while others are unreliable and not suitable for research. When determinining how or if you should use a specific website in your work, run it through the CRAP test. Does the site pass the test? Or is it a bunch of...
- How recent is the information?
- How recently has the website been updated?
- Is it current enough for your topic?
- What kind of information is included in the resource?
- Is content of the resource primarily opinion? Is is balanced?
- Does the creator provide references or sources for data or
- Who is the creator or author?
- What are the credentials?
- Who is the published or sponsor?
- Are they reputable?
- What is the publisher's interest (if any) in this information?
- Are there advertisements on the website?
Purpose/Point of View
- Is this fact or opinion?
- Is it biased?
- Is the creator/author trying to sell you something?
(originally from the LOEX 2008 wiki)
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