Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Chemistry: Primary Sources

This Guide is to help you find chemistry resources


Primary sources are those where a researcher can find original data.
The major source of primary information are journals the majority of which are peer-reviewed.

Some chemical journals cover only specific areas while other cover a broad array of topics.

The two most important journals in this latter category are:

Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS)

Angewandte Chemie - Internationl Edition (originally published in German)

In organic chemistry, major journal is:

Journal of Organic Chemistry - published by the American Chemical Society