Searching ChemSpider

We hope that finding information on ChemSpider will be an intuitive and easy experience. But we know that there are many features in the site and it isn’t always immediately obvious what they can do. These pages will show you how to use the the basic search features of the site and progress on to answering difficult questions and understanding how to get the best out of ChemSpider’s tools.

Simple searches

Find out about the different ways of using a name or other identifier in a search Searching using names or identifiers (Basics)

Structure searching

Don’t have a name to start searching with? learn how to input and search on a structure. Structure searching, Substructure, Similarity and Advanced Searching

Advanced topics coming soon:

  • Advanced searches – combining multiple criteria
  • Common searching mistakes
  • Searching strategies

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