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Database Tutorials

This LibGuide contains step by step instructions for majority of research databases available in the Wolfgram collection.

ACS Publications

About this Database

The ACS Journal Archives provide searchable full-text access to over 140 years of original research in chemistry, including more than 1,300,000 articles dating back to the inaugural volume of the Journal of the American Chemical Society in 1879. ACS publishes more than 65 peer-reviewed journals with articles across a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines.

Including the following subjects:

Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Cross-Disciplinary Concepts, Materials Science, Organic Chemistry, Biology and Biological Chemistry, Polymer Science, Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Industrial Chemistry, Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, Nanoscience, Medicinal Chemistry, Energy, Catalysis, Earth, Space, and Environmental Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Agriculture and Food Chemistry, Organometallic Chemistry, Supramolecular Chemistry, Chemistry Education, & Nuclear Chemistry

Should I Create an ACS ID?

With your ACS ID you can:

  • e-Alert creation and management, including citation alerts
  • Saved Searches based on the criteria you assign
  • Dynamically updated list of recommended articles based on your research interest
  • Favorite article bookmarking
  • Free access token activation

(Creating an ACS ID is free and ACS membership is NOT required)

Basic Search

  1. Enter your search terms / keywords, OR
  2. Search by citation

*NOTE: Be sure to access the ACS Publications Database from the A-Z Database List to ensure you have access to the materials available with our subscription. You should see "Access provided by WIDENER UNIV" in the top right-hand corner.

ACS Publications first screen with callouts for drop-down search box options for keyword or citation searching


The Results List

From the results page, you can use the limiters to narrow your search even further by choosing:

  • Content group type (Articles As Soon As Publishable (ASAP), Just Accepted Manuscripts)
  • Content type (Journal Article, C&EN Article, Book Chapter, etc.)
  • Article type (Research Article, Review Article, News, Chapter, etc.)
  • Publication Date
  • Author
  • Publication (Specific Journal or Book)
  • Topics

Brief ACS search results screen with callouts for limiters and refinements, full text tools

Article Features

Every ACS Publications article is available in multiple delivery formats such as:

  • Full Text HTML (webpage)
  • First page preview
  • Abstract
  • Open URL
  • PDF with Links, or a simple downloadable PDF (see below for details).

Full Text HTML view features include:

  • Browse within the specific journal title volume/issue
  • Jump to... sections of the article
  • Article metrics, see how popular a particular article has been with other researchers
  • In line references with links to full text articles

Screenshot of article in ACS Publications with callouts for metrics and navigation tools

Exporting a Citation from ACS Publications

From the Articles Full-Text HTML page

  1. Click on the circular RIS icon
  2. Select RIS formatting and choose what (if any) additional data you want included with your citation
  3. Click Download Citation(s) and save the file to your computer/device

Screenshot of citation download pop-up with callouts for link to activate, as well as selection radio buttons for file format and content