Note: Further titles are listed in the following Chemical Toxicology (PDF) guide to sources.
- Dictionary of Substances and their Effects (DOSE)
An excellent source for detailed information. Contains data for over 4,100 chemicals, including physical properties, toxicity, environmental fate, etc. Access is restricted to Concordia students, faculty and staff. Also available in print.
- Toxicological Profile Information Sheets
These substantial profiles for hazardous substances are provided by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
This is a meta search engine for toxicology and environmental health that allows you to search across dozens of databases, including TOXNET (see next entry), the National Library of Medicine (including PubMed), the US Government (including the Environmental Protection Agency).
A bibliographic database (so it will give you citations to articles, etc) providing comprehensive coverage of the biochemical, pharmacological, physiological, and toxicological effects of drugs and other chemicals from 1965 to the present. TOXLINE contains over 3 million citations, almost all with abstracts and/or index terms and CAS Registry Numbers. This database is a part of TOXNET A cluster of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and related topics. "One-stop shopping" allows you to search many databases at once for your chemical of interest. From the US National Library of Medicine. Click here for more information about these databases.
Provides environmental fate and physical/chemical properties of chemicals.
- NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
Physical description and properties, incompatibilities and reactivities for each substance, and personal protection information. Free resource from the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
A set of databases from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. Within CCINFO, you can search MSDS, CHEMINFO, as well as several other important occupational health and safety databases.
Database catalogue from a commercial supplier of chemicals. Check substances carefully, specific products can vary depending on concentration in solution. Provides data and literature sources for other data.
A Material Safety Data Sheet is written by the company that produces and sells a chemical. MSDS do not have a standard format but generally give company information, chemical composition, CAS-RN, use, emergency procedures, etc. The new suggested ANSI format has 16 sections and are described here. See also this MSDS FAQ
- CCOHS MSDS Search
Database of Material Safety Data Sheets from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.
- Internet Resources for MSDS
Directory of MSDS search engines.
Database catalogue from a commercial supplier of chemicals. Check substances carefully, specific products can vary depending on concentration in solution. MSDS are located in the "Related Information" section of the product fiche.
- SIRI MSDS Index
MSDS directly from manufacturers, provided through the Vermont Safety Information Resources.
- Search by KEYWORD for the name of the substance of interest AND (toxic* or hazard* or health).
- Example: chromium AND (toxic* or hazard* or health).
- The truncation symbol (*) is important to retrieve the best results: toxic* retrieves toxic, toxicity, and toxicology. Also truncate the name of a class (hydrocarbon*).
- If the topic is related to environmental toxicology/biochemistry also use environment* in the search statement.
- Searches for complex chemical names are not likely to produce results in CLUES so try using the class of substances or the name of an element or substance for which you want information on its compounds.
- Included in results will be references to printed publications in the World Health Organization Environmental Health Criteria series (this series is also online), as well as publications from Health Canada or other environmental bodies.
page last updated on: Friday 16 September 2011