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Chemical and Process Engineering

Databases

Find articles relevant to your subject by searching databases.

Look at the guides to get the most from each database.

These databases are available for use by Leeds staff and students both on and off-site within the terms of the license agreements. Off-site users will need to login using their Leeds username and password.

You can also see a complete list of databases for Chemical and Process Engineering

Key databases

British Standards Online

The full text of British Standards, covering: specifications for products, dimensions, and performance; methods; codes of practice; guides and glossaries. Also find BS equivalents to ISO and EN standards. Updated daily.

CAS SciFinder

Widely considered to be the best database for any chemical research, CAS SciFinder also includes the major medical database Medline. It includes journal references, patent information and chemical substance and reaction data. The full CAS Registry file, containing the chemical structures and dictionary information for the 24 million substances identified by the CAS Registry System, is also included. You must register for access.

Registering

Register for SciFinder using your University email address. You will receive a unique username and password. You need to use this every time you access the database.

If you have any problems with registration or your SciFinder username and password, contact the CAS Help Desk.

Access

Access SciFinder here

When off campus, you will be asked to enter both your University and your SciFinder username and password.

CAS SciFinder support pages.

SciFinder demo outlining key features.

Chemical Hazards in Industry

Information taken from scientific and trade literature on safety and health hazards surrounding chemicals encountered in the chemical and related industries. Coverage includes: health and safety, chemical and biological hazards, disposal, storage and transportation, industrial hazards, waste management, plant safety and best practice, legislation, emergency planning, and protective equipment. Each monthly issue contains over 250 items selected from worldwide primary literature. Each issue also contains a combined subject and chemical index. The fully searchable online database contains information from 1981 to date.

Engineering Village

Subjects covered include engineering geology, environmental science, nanotechnology, geophysics, petroleum engineering and physics. This is the biggest and broadest engineering and computing database in the world. Search for journal articles, technical reports and conference proceedings. Includes the research databases Compendex and Inspec and the book collection Referex. It is better to de-select Referex if you are looking specifically for articles, as it improves the search. Coverage starts from 1884.

Guide to using Engineering Village

ESDU Data Online

Search for validated engineering design data, methods and software, source code, equations and examples. The ESDU design guides are organised into 23 series, each covering a specific subject area in six engineering industries: Aerospace, Aerostructure, Construction, Marine, Power generation, and Rail transport. The database is updated four times a year with coverage starting from 2006.

MathSciNet

This database allows you to search for journal articles and conference proceedings in mathematics. It is the extended online equivalent of Mathematical Reviews and Current Mathematical Publications. It is updated daily and coverage starts from 1940.

OnePetro

OnePetro is a database of technical literature for the oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) industry. The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) uses its resources along with contributions from 20 other publishing partners which provide access to over 180,000 items. Basic and advanced search options available to find and browse the content you need.  

Reaxys

This provides access to the Crossfire collection of databases. The collection allows you to search for comprehensive information on millions of chemical reactions, substances, structures and properties. Includes Beilstein (organic chemistry), Gmelin (inorganic and organometallic chemistry) and EcoPharm (pharmacology). Coverage is from 1771 onwards and is updated monthly. Chemistry patents are also included in Reaxys. Chemical and physical data is available for each substance - eg melting point, refractive index, etc. Reaxys is available online to unlimited simultaneous users.

Science Direct

Covers a wide variety of subject areas and disciplines: science, medicine and engineering, as well as business, management and social sciences. Offers full text access to the Elsevier Science journal collection of over 1,800 titles. There are over 1 million articles from 1995 to the present.

Guide to using Science Direct

SPIE Digital Library

This is the free search facility on the SPIE (The International Society for Optical Engineering - US) website, which allows you to search for SPIE papers, books and proceedings. We do not have a full text subscription, so you may need to search the Library Catalogue for any books or papers you require, to see if we have them in print.

Web of Science

Search for journal articles using three databases; Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index and Arts and Humanities Citation Index. A current awareness service provides citation alerts for newly added journal articles. Each database is updated weekly.