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Research guide for chemistry

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Major Resources

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS Online)
OMaterial Safety logover one million Materials Safety Data Sheets. A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is a summary of information on a given chemical identifying material, health, and physical hazards, exposure limits, and precautions.

Study Space Reservation

  1. Study space reservation rooms (Pollak Library North and South)
  2. Study space reservation for smart group study rooms (PLN-111, 112, 113; PLN-211, 212, 213, 214; PLN-311, 312)
  3. Study space reservation for larger rooms (PLN-140, PLS-360, PLN-130).
  4. Study space reservation for the Innovation/Makerspace (PLN-215) 

Other areas of interest:
CSUF Startup Incubator


The Paper Discovery tool builds a network of papers from citations, uses network analysis algorithms to analyze the network, and gives you the information you need to quickly get up to speed on that topic. Use the Quick Start section to dive right in and figure it out as you go.

Laptop/Device Checkout

   Students can checkout laptops and other devices from the Center for Equitable Digital Access (Library North 2nd Floor) and the Student Genius Center (Library North 1st Floor)

Open Access Agreements (publish at no cost)

ACS Publications (until Dec. 2025)
Cambridge University Press (until Dec. 2024)
Elsevier (until Dec. 2024)
IOPScience (until Dec. 2025)

Chemix is an educational app that lets you easily draw lab diagram setups and explain your experiments. The Free tier lets you use most of the app for free. This crash course will get you started in 1 minute.

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Chemical Drawing Software

ChemSketch is a free software, similar to ChemDraw, containing functions such as making chemical movies (above).

Other free drawing software includes:

Free molecular graphics and visualization programs:

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