Whether you’re an experienced chemist, a faculty member, or an undergrad just getting into in the field of Chemistry, Elsevier’s Reaxys database has something for you. The new Library resource has 500 million published experimental facts and potential access to 16,000 journals and periodicals, as well as data on 105 million organic, inorganic, organometallic compounds, and 42 million chemical reactions.
Undergrads can feel comfortable using natural language to enter keyword searches into the intuitive Reaxys user interface. For instance, if you type in the common term “opioid,” you’ll get more than 92,000 hits. Filtering to include only the latest Publication Year (2017) and Document Type (article) narrows the results to 2,654. Sort by the number times the article’s been cited and you’ll find a toxicology report, “Loperamide Abuse Associated With Cardiac Dysrhythmia and Death,” at the top of the list—cited 20 times. More practiced students and chemists may also search using structure drawing and molecular formula building.
Researchers can use Reaxys to look up chemical properties and cross-check experimental data with Reaxys data to establish the identity of unknown compounds. You can synthesize derivatives from unknown compounds, verify the originality of experiments, check for possible reactions, design compounds and propose synthesis routes, and find citations and patents. Reaxys is a valuable tool for teaching, used worldwide by undergraduate and post-graduate programs to prepare students for their careers.
For more helpful databases, please check the Library’s list of online resources regularly; it’s updated daily!