Organic Chemistry


Welcome to the Organic Chemistry Research Guide.

Click on a tab below to find books, videos, articles, and websites for use in Organic Chemistry classes.

Guides for other Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering are linked at Physical Sciences.

If you need additional help, stop by the Reference Desk or contact a reference librarian: Ask A Librarian.

  1. Books, Videos, & Models
  2. Databases and Journals
  3. Websites

Finding Books

Use the COD Library catalog to find books & videos. Click on the "keyword" tab to search using multiple search terms and limit your results by material type (book, video), date, or language. You'll need a current College of DuPage Library card to check out books.

Reference Works

Reference works, such as dictionaries and encyclopedias are useful for learning about background information on a topic
Please note that print reference books may be used while in the library only. Online reference books may be accessed from any on or off-campus computer. You'll need a College of DuPage Library card to access online books and articles from off-campus.
Click on the links below to access the online book/website or record/description of the print book.


The Library owns many Chemistry films in DVD, VHS and streaming formats plus manipulative molecular models for visualizing chemical structures. Check the list of titles.


Check out our chemistry models as well:

The Library subscribes to many databases that provide access to thousands of popular and credible, scholarly journals. Many databases provide access to full-text articles, while some provide information about the article only (citation). Request (for free!) through Interlibrary Loan copies of articles to which the Library doesn't have full-text access.
Access the article databases listed below.

Best Bet links: Databases and Journal Holdings


  • Chemdex
    The Sheffield Chemdex: the directory of chemistry on the WWW since 1993. Portal to hundreds of useful chemistry links.
  • Chemical Industry Home Page
    Links to chemical suppliers and other websites for patent information, careers, journals, etc.
  • the Website of the American Chemical Society
    Although much content is available only to ACS members, open availability of the "molecule of the week" (with archive), News & Research, career resources and many features for students under the Education tab make this a valuable website for chemistry students.
  • HERO Database from the EPA
    Link to scientific references and data used by the Environmental Protection Agency to determine environmental risks of chemicals. Primarily citation and abstract, not fulltext. Check Library databases for full article or use Interlibrary Loan.
  • Martindale's The Calculators and Chemistry Center
    Organized by broad topic, a gateway to chemistry sites on the web for everything from journals to periodic tables to tutorials to safety plus many online calculators.
  • Material Safety Data Sheets and Where to Find them on the Internet
    Provides an up-to-date list of Internet sites from government agencies, chemical manufacturers and suppliers, and many other searchable sites.
  • Molecule of the Month
    History, physical data, use and importance of numerous molecules, most of them organic, contributed each month since 1996. Note additional links to molecule descriptions at the end.
  • Molecular Weight Calculation
    Type in a molecule's formula, get the molecular weight and other physical data. No frills website: only a search box to enter chemical formula.
  • NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
    Authoritative guide to industrial hygiene information for several hundred chemicals with links to RTECS (Registry of Toxicological Effects of Chemical Substances) and other toxicological data sites.
  • NIST Chemistry WebBook
    Authoritative, critically evaluated information from the National Institute of Standards and Technology on structure, formula, and much additional data, seachable by chemical name, CAS number, formula, etc.
  • The Orbitron: A Gallery of Orbitals on the WWW
    By energy level, colorful images representing atomic orbitals and molecular orbitals, plus animated plots of wave functions and electron density and more.
  • Organic Chemistry Resources Worldwide
    Links to free and for-fee websites providing access to the literature of organic chemistry, tutorials, data on synthesis and reactions, and more.
    The National Library of Medicine's database cluster that includes information on toxicological, carcinogenic, mutagenic, and reproductive effects of thousands of chemicals. A single metasearch engine checks nine databases for hazard/risk information and the same search page links to other helpful NLM websites.
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office: Google Advanced Search for Patents
    Get the text (image or full-text) of United States patents issued since 1790 by keyword in title or text, patent number or inventor. Since August 2012, European patent documents are accessible as well.
  • Virtual Textbook of Organic Chemistry
    Sophomore-level organic chemistry online textbook with explanations, illustrations, practice problems and links to additional resources.
  • Links for Chemists: The WWW Virtual Library for Chemists
    Maintained by the University of Liverpool Department of Chemistry, this provides an extensive list of links to valuable websites in many areas of chemistry.
  • Yahoo's Index of Organic Chemistry Links
    Search for information by subject categories or by keyword.

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