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Spectra and Spectral Data

Literature Searching

Searching the Literature for Spectral Information

Finding spectral information for a compound of interest often requires you to search the chemical literature, since only a tiny fraction of known compounds (mostly organic) can be found in printed and online spectra compilations. Spectral data reported in journals are usually brief (peaks, solvent) and intended to characterize a synthesized compound; graphical spectra are rarely shown.  In some cases the spectral data are provided in an article's Supporting Information (SI).

Major Databases

Historical Indexes

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