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Chemistry software and sites that will change your life

Studying chemistry is no mean feat. Countless hours falling asleep in lectures and losing your hair over labs accompanied by the manic cramming of term 3 basically sums up the 2 years I have been here, however it would have easily been so much worse had I not joined in 2014, but in the mid-1900s, where you didn’t have computers to do all the really REALLY boring stuff for you, and better.

It genuinely baffles me when I see people manually writing in their references, and then manually CHANGING ALL THE NUMBERS when they add an extra one in. Don’t they know there’s software to do that? Don’t they know there’s websites which will give you the answers to your post lab?????????????

Software

: More like MendelBAE. By far the easiest way to get your references in for lab reports, assignments and literature reviews neatly and with minimal effort, and it’s free! Download the software and the web importer and whenever you get onto a journal article or site that you like the look of hit import and it will be saved into a database. Then when on Word you can insert a citation straight from the database which will even put your footnote in RSC format for you. And it will re-number everything for you when you add a new one in. If not already using it, this will change your life.

: So if you’re anything but a first year you’ve probably been forced to download Chemdraw and it is a blessing. Gone are the days of scribbling away at molecules and having to start again every time you draw a carbonyl in the wrong place, but this isn’t even the best part; Chemdraw can predict NMR spectra. Draw in a molecule, highlight it, and click ‘Predict H NMR Spectrum’ and voila! And it’s also pretty damn accurate, particularly for lab reports and the Year 2 Spectroscopy workshops it is very very useful.

Don’t think your graphs have enough sex appeal? Move over excel, there’s a new sheriff in town. Origin makes your graphs way lovelier looking, and has many more options in terms of the mathematical side of graph formulation which to be quite honest in undergraduate chemistry doesn’t matter that much. The only caveat is that it’s a bit more difficult to get a line of best fit, but once you have nailed the software you won’t go back.

Websites

(sdbs.db.aist.go.jp/sdbs/cgi-bin/cre_index.cgi): A big database of… organic compounds. This will give you an IR, NMR, Mass Spec and more details about any organic molecule your lab throws at you.

: Pretty self-explanatory when you log in with your library username, this will find papers on whatever random topic you want to research. Don’t forget to use it in lab reports with the longer more research-based questions at the end.

: if it’s not on Web of Science, it’s on Scopus.

: Again, will give you some tasty spectra but also relevant references to papers about that molecule which is useful when looking up information for your post-lab.

You’re welcome, kids.

Fi

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