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reaxys – University of Reading

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An integrated chemical information system. Use to find physical properties, structures and reactions. Reaxys is useful for chemists, ecological chemists, geochemists, materials scientists, metallurgists, medicinal chemists, pharmacologists and toxicologists.


  • Beilstein Database - covers organic chemistry from 1771 to date. Based on Beilstein's Handbuch der organischen Chemie. It contains over 8.2 million structures, 10 million reactions (making it the world's largest reactions database), 20 million property records and 50 million hyperlinks. It also gives references to journal articles from 1980- present including abstracts and links to full text for articles Reading readers are entitled to access.
  • Gmelin Database - covers inorganic and organometallic compounds from 1772 to (presently) 1995. It contains all the structural, factual, and bibliographic data cited in the Gmelin Handbuch der anorganischen Chemie. The database currently comprises over 1.5 million compounds, including glasses, alloys, ceramics, minerals and coordination compounds, and 1.3 million reactions.
  • Patent Chemistry Database - Organic chemistry and life science patents from US (since 1976), World and European patent publications (since 1978).

Help & guidance

Help using Reaxys is available via the Reaxys Support Centre, and there are also training videos available.

Contact your Academic Liaison Librarian for additional advice on using this resource.

EndNote info

You can export documents (not structures or reactions) into EndNote from Reaxys.

Follow these steps:

  1. Run a document search and click the check box next to the items you want to keep.
  2. Select Export.
  3. Select Literature Management Systems as the file format. You can also choose whether to include the abstract for your records.
  4. Select Export.
  5. Select Download at the bottom of the page to download your citations.
  6. In Desktop EndNote, open the .ris file to transfer the items to your library.  In EndNote online import the file using the 'Refman (RIS)' as the import option.

What is EndNote?

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