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Science - Biophy Library - Chemistry Libguide: Electronic Resources

This will provide a very useful and helpful guide to the literature of Chemistry for students, staff and researchers alike.

Access to Electronic Resources

Off-campus users (staff and students) should note that they will be prompted for their staff or student number and library PIN to access the library resources.

Database security certificate issues:

Receiving the below message when trying to access certain databases? Refer to the above attachment.


Bibliographic/Citation Databases

Video databases/content


JoVE Science Education: Chemistry

JoVE Science Education is a revolutionary video library dedicated to teaching scientific fundamentals through simple easy-to-understand video demonstrations.

WITS now subscribes to the JoVE Science Education: Chemistry series consisting of the following collections:


JoVE Core:

Video textbooks which explain concepts taught in undergraduate courses through high-impact animations and real-life experiments.

Search for digital materials and digital content

This search tool allows you to find content from the library catalogue, all the library’s databases, journals, ebooks, the institutional repository WIReDSpace, and unique digital collections only available in the Wits library.

Search for library materials and digital content:
Encore Search:

  Advanced Search   Find e-books & e-journals    Search the catalogue  

Theses & Dissertations


For more information on Open Access ETDs see the following LibGuide: Scholarly Research & Related Resources. Refer to the page/tab on Research Support/Resources:ETDs and Scholarly Repositories.

Elsevier databases - ACCESS


PLEASE NOTE: In order to access Elsevier databases i.e. ScienceDirect, Scopus and Reaxys you will need to create an account that will enable to you to access any of these databases, both off-campus & on-campus. For assistance with Registration see: Instructions on how to register an Elsevier account. When registering you need to ensure that you use your Wits e-mail address ( or

Chemistry: Subject Specific Databases




SciFinder-n is your portal to chemistry and related information providing easy access to the most trusted collection of chemical substances, reactions and literature references in the world.


Access to SciFinder-n is by username and password, and is restricted to currently registered staff and students of the university. First-time users will need to register & create an account in order to access the database.

PLEASE NOTE that for SciFinder-n (the new interface) you need to use the same login details you used for SciFinder in the past .

To log in to the database itself, go to SciFinder-n   

Introductory Materials

Some Popular Science Journals

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search