The Beilstein database of organic chemistry contains information on almost
9 million organic substances including molecular structures and data on chemical
and physical properties such as melting point, boiling point and spectral
identification. The database also includes almost 9.5 million reactions and over
1.9 million citations from the chemical literature published since 1779.
The Gmelin database contains structural, chemical, and physical property data, quantum chemical calculations, and bibliographic references for over 2 million inorganic and organometallic substances and for over 1.5 milion reactions. Records in the database were published in the Gmelin Handbook from 1817 to date.
MDL Commander and CrossFire
The Beilstein/Gmelin databases are searched using MDL Commander, a client-server graphical
user interface that provides access to the CrossFire search and retrieval
software. The databases may be searched for individual substances or classes
of compounds using structures and/or property information. Structure and sub-structure
searches can be input using the computer keyboard and mouse to draw a molecular
structure. For example, Chemical Abstracts Services (CAS) Registry Numbers,
chemical names, molecular formulae and values of physical properties may be
used to search. In addition, the databases are searchable for reactions and
literature citations. Display options allow users to select among the available
types of information, and hyperlinks are provided for substances, reactions,
and citations to allow navigation through the databases.
The Beilstein/Gmelin client software is available to UIC-affiliated users for installation
on laboratory, office, and home computers. (To access these databases from home, you must connect through dial-in modem to UIC. Instructions for dialing in are on the ACCC web site). Workstations in the Science library
and the library of the Health Sciences also offer access to the client (look for shortcuts on the desktops of each Science Library public workstation). To
obtain instructions to install this software on your computer, select the
Macintosh or Windows version:
See the following Help pages for additional information:
Questions may be directed to LIB-SCI@uic.edu.