Navigating PubChem

Launched in 2004 by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), PubChem has evolved into an open repository of biological and pharmacological information on chemical substances and compounds. PubChem also covers chemical safety and toxicity information. You can search PubChem by compound name or chemical structure. NCBI’s staff of scientists have created their own YouTube channel, which features the “NCBI Minute” and “NCBI Webinars”. The following videos about PubChem were created by NCBI experts in the field:

NCBI Minute: PubChem, a Source of Laboratory Chemical Safety Information. (21:08)

NCBI Webinar: Maximizing PubChem – New and Upcoming Features. (40:57)

More information about PubChem can be found in these PubMed Central articles below:

Kim S, Thiessen PA, Bolton EE, et al. PubChem Substance and Compound databases. Nucleic Acids Research. 2016;44(D1):D1202-D1213. doi:10.1093/nar/gkv951.

Kim S. Getting the most out of PubChem for virtual screening. Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery. 2016;11(9):843-855. doi:10.1080/17460441.2016.1216967.


Sarah Jeong, Research & Instruction Librarian for Science, Wake Forest University

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