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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.

Key databases

Analytical Abstracts

Search abstracts from a wide range of sources across the field of analytical science. This database covers the period from 1980 to the present day. You can tailor your search to your subject area of choice or browse recently added articles. It also has the option to receive personalised updates via email.

Guide to using Analytical Abstracts

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.

Guide to using British Standards Online

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.

Register for SciFinder

Guide to using CAS SciFinder

CAS SciFinder support pages

Catalysts & Catalysed Reactions

A monthly printed bulletin containing around 200 graphical abstracts per month, indexed by reaction under study and by catalytic method. It covers all areas of catalysis research, including homogeneous, heterogeneous and biocatalysis, with emphasis on current growth areas such as chiral catalysts, polymerisation catalysts, enzymatic catalysts and clean catalytic methods. Each item is indexed by authors, products, reactants and catalysts, catalyst type and reaction type. Coverage from 2003 to 2014.

Guide to using Catalysts & Catalysed Reactions

Chemical Database Service

The National Chemical Database Service brings together tools and resources for UK researchers in chemistry and related fields. All web-based services are freely accessible from any UK academic network. It provides access to a variety of databases in the field of chemistry, including: Crystallography, Spectroscopy, Synthetic organic chemistry and Physical chemistry.

Guide to using Chemical Database Service

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.

Guide to using Chemical Hazards in Industry


ChemSpider is a free chemical structure database providing access to over 58 million structures, properties, and associated information. By integrating and linking compounds from around 500 data sources, ChemSpider enables researchers to discover the most comprehensive view of freely available chemical data from a single online search. It is owned by the Royal Society of Chemistry. There is no access to subscription content.

Guide to using ChemSpider


Dimensions is the world’s largest linked-research database, covering articles, grants, patents, clinical trials, datasets, policy documents and technical reports. It also provides research metrics. There is a free version open to all, or a subscription version.

You must register for an account with your Leeds email address to get full access, from a computer within the University’s IP range or through the virtual desktop. Once you are registered, you can access the database from off-campus. If you are a student, you can put “student” in the job title field.

Guide to using Dimensions


J-STAGE is an electronic journal platform for STEM information in Japan, developed and managed by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). J-STAGE supports Japanese societies and research organisations, and has published more than 3,000 journals, conference proceedings and other academic publications.

Laboratory Hazards Bulletin

Information taken from scientific and trade literature on hazards encountered by laboratory workers in all fields, including R&D, analytical and hospital laboratories. Coverage includes: chemical and biological hazards, leaks, spills and unplanned releases, hazardous waste management, fires and explosions, safety legislation, precautions and safe practices, occupational health and hygiene monitoring, and protective equipment. Each monthly issue contains 50-60 items selected from the worldwide primary literature. Each issue also contains a combined subject and chemical index. The fully searchable LHB Online database contains data from 1981 to date.

Guide to using Laboratory Hazards Bulletin

Methods in Organic Synthesis

An alerting service covering the most important current developments in organic synthesis. The service covers such topics as: new reactions and reagents, functional group changes, the introduction of chiral centres, and enzyme and biological transformations. Items are selected for inclusion in MOS only where there is detail of novel or interesting features in organic synthetic methods, so there are no routine preparations to plough through. Each MOS item includes reaction schemes, title and bibliographic details, and the items are categorised by five indexes: author, product, reaction, reactant and reagent. The text-searchable database allows users to search across items published in MOS from January 2000 to date.

Guide to using Methods in Organic Synthesis

Natural Product Updates

Natural Product Updates is a literature updating service for recent developments in natural products chemistry. Covering a wide range of primary sources, the database includes the most important natural product articles published in the recent scientific literature, which are searchable by topic, natural source, biological activity and structure type. Coverage starts from 2000.

Guide to using Natural Product Updates


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.

Guide to using Reaxys


Scopus is a large abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature from more than 18,500 journals and quality web sources, with smart tools to track, analyse and visualize research. Coverage starts from 1823.

Guide to using Scopus

The Lens

The Lens aggregates and provides access to over 225 million scholarly works, patent records and patent sequences from across the world. Its goal is to enable more people to make better decisions, informed by evidence.

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.

Guide to using Web of Science