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Chemical Engineering Library Guide: Databases

A library guide for chemical engineering students.

Accessing Databases

To access the electronic databases, go to the UCT Libraries web site ( and hover your mouse over Search & Find in the top menu bar.  In the dropdown menu, click on Databases to open the alphabetical list of databases, where you can navigate to the database you need.


Databases for chemical engineers

Databases are vast searchable collections of records describing journal articles and other documents such as conference papers, reports, and book chapters.  They are produced commercially or by learned societies, and most of them are international in scope, thus enabling you to explore the world's literature in a particular field.  When you search a large international database, the articles you discover may, or may not, be available in UCT Libraries. Most databases provide abstracts (or summaries) of the articles' content, and some provide the full text of the articles themselves.   When full text is not part of the database, our link resolver software, SFX, will help you track down the full article if it is available in any of our e-journal packages.

Two of the most important databases for chemical engineers are SciFinder and Ei Compendex.  For more information about these resources, click on the SciFinder and Ei Compendex tabs of this guide.

The following databases are recommended for chemical engineering searches: