A little bit about chemical databases.

Medical Librarians have to look up a lot of different things.  Some of the things we look up are things we’ve never even heard of before.  Lots of chemicals.  I wish there was one place to look up all of these science-y and chemical things…

There is! And it’s incredibly easy to use.

One really great database is called Chem-ID, which is a free, web search system that provides access to the structure and nomenclature authority files used for the identification of chemical substances cited in National Library of Medicine (NLM) databases, including the TOXNET system.

So what is TOXNET?

TOXNET  is a group of databases covering chemicals and drugs, diseases and the environment, environmental health, occupational safety and health, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and toxicology.

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Keep reading and researching, forever and always,

~Lauren Collier

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