Chemistry Librarian

Chemistry Librarian


Sally Wyman







Sally C. Wyman
Collection Development Librarian/Bibliographer for Chemistry, Physics and General Science
Room 410, O’Neill Library
140 Commonwealth Ave.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3810

Office Hours in Merkert 311 – The first Friday of the month 10:00–11:00 a.m.



Hello, if I have not already met you, I am Sally C. Wyman, the Chemistry Librarian at Boston College. I am often in Merkert, at least weekly during office hours. I am also happy to meet with you at other times in Merkert. I’m here to help in any way that I can with your information needs, and I do that through:

  • Reference Help: Contact me by phone or email, or when I’m just walking down the hall. I can help with such questions as:
  • Finding property data
  • Search tips for making the best use of SciFinder, Reaxys and the Cambridge Structure Database, amongst a host of other useful databases
  • Problems with accessing materials that we have here at BC
  • Locating resources not at Boston College
  • Setting up literature alerts
  • Library Instruction: I often provide library instruction for scheduled classes in Chemistry. These classes may provide broader overviews of various research tools, or they may be very specific sessions focused on a particular tool (SciFinder or Reaxys) or on finding a particular type of data (crystallographic data, for example) depending upon the needs of the class. I also provide sessions for research groups.
  • Collection Development: I work closely with Professor Lawrence Scott, the Chemistry Department Library-Faculty Liaison, as well as the rest of the Department, to ensure that the library collections in O’Neill Library are serving the needs of the department. Please contact me if you have book or journal requests.

Since October 2009, important chemistry books selected by faculty have been relocated to the Chemistry Reading Room in Merkert 212. These materials are accessible to those with key privileges. Please contact Sally or Dale Mahoney (617-552-1735) if you have any questions about this pilot project.

Research Guide for Chemistry
A guide to the most important chemical literature resources at Boston College

Online Databases for Chemistry
Here is where you’ll find information on how to access SciFinder Scholar and other databases important for Chemistry

Trial through Dec 31, 2017
Scopus is a large multidisciplinary database, similar to the Web of Science database. Use it for author, subject and citation searching.  It is especially useful for data analysis and visualization of individual, institutional or topic searches.   Also, find H-Index information, compare journal impact data, and analyze citation trends. Scopus provides comprehensive coverage of a large number of journals from 1996 - (back to 1970 - by start of 2017), with added older content. Please submit feedback or email Sally Wyman, Chemistry Librarian.

The Boston College Libraries’ Homepage

The Boston College Libraries' Online Discovery Tool

Electronic Journals at Boston College

Finally, a few general purpose databases that can be extremely useful:

Web of Science
Use this database for citation searching back to 1945

WorldCat will help you locate materials at other libraries, whether they are in the Boston Area, or wherever you happen to be attending your next conference or meeting

Dissertations and Theses
Access to full-text dissertations since 1997, and to citations and abstracts since 1861 (for North America; internationally since 1988)

U.S. Patent Office
Access to the full-text of U.S. patents