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5 Key Tips for Chemists: 1. Literature anytime, anywhere

Work Off-Campus

For easy and seamless access to ejournals, ebooks and databases when you are not on campus, use PassKey. 


  • Drag the icon above into your browser toolbar or add to favorites.
  • When you want to get into an article or database off campus, click the Passkey.
  • You will be prompted for your netID and then redirected to the article full text. 
  • ​PassKey works on most common browsers and mobile devices. 
  • More information/help at CUL Labs

What are the top journals to read in your subject...

To keep up a general awareness of research in your field:

  1. Use the Journal Citation Reports ISI Impact Factor rankings to identify the top journals in your subject.
  2. View journals by subject category, such as 'NANOSCIENCE & NANOTECHNOLOGY'
  3. Sort Impact Factor (relative ranking of journals based on citations to published articles)
  4. Keep a regular eye on the content of the top 6-12 journals on the list depending on your subject

Get Full Text!

  • Bookmark library catalog links to ejournals, ebooks and databases 
  • Request scans of articles or book chapters from the Annex or other libraries outside Cornell. 
  • Request books from peer research libraries within 2-4 days through BorrowDirect.

Smarter Google Scholar

Set your Google Scholar Preferences so that Google recognizes you as a Cornell person, and knows what you have access to. 

  • In Google Scholar, go to Scholar Preferences
  • Under Library Links settings, set to Cornell
  • Now, GetIt! Cornell appears in your search results, when that item is available


New Books

Find new books by month, library, and subject:

Latest additions in Chemistry (print & electronic):


Where did the print books go?

All the books from the Physical Sciences and Engineering Libraries were moved to other Cornell libraries by related subject, including the Math, Mann and Uris Libraries.  Very low use books were moved to the Annex Library storage facility.