Karen Brewer, Chair
(315) 859-4726

Chemistry Department
Hamilton College
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323


Instrument Demonstration Videos

Instrument demonstrations: A variety of videos showing how to use many of our instruments and good analytical lab practice.


Rasmol Download: Free program used to view PDB structures. Learning how to use the program is a bit difficult at first, but once you figure it out, it becomes really useful.
The Protein Database: Formerly housed on the web at Brookhaven National Labs, this database contains the structures of thousands of proteins. Scientists deposit structures, determined through X-ray crystallography and/or NMR, on the database for all the world to use. To find a given protein, go to the "Search Lite" option and type in the name of your desired protein. You will then be able to download a 3-D structure of the protein, in the file format .pdb. To view the structure, you will need Rasmol or some other. pdb-viewing application.

Chemical Physics

Chemical Physics at Hamilton College: Chemical Physics on the Hamilton College website.


Chemfinder: Useful site for learning some basic info about a wide-variety of chemicals, as well as seeing their line-angle structure.

Computational Chemistry

Cluster Resources: Developers of resource management cluster tools.
Gaussian: Gaussian website.

Graduate Schools

GRE: GRE Registration and Information

Science Journals

Biochem Search: Search engine allows you to find articles from 1996-present, but you cannot view anything but the publication information.
Hamilton College BioChem Databases: Biochemistry Databases from the Hamilton College library. Biological Abstracts, General Science Abstracts, and Pub Med are your best bets for finding what you want. If you want to find what articles have cited a previously published article, go to the Web of Science Citation.
Journal of Biological Chemistry: Has all articles from 1995 to the present online, for free, with a very good search engine.
Nature: The European equivalent of Science, this journal covers a broad range of topics, and has spun off several more specific sister journals, such as Nature Genetics and Nature Biotechnology. On the site, you can search for articles from 1998-on, and can view their abstracts if you register (free) with the site.
Science Mag: The premier journal in the United States, only the most important & pertinent research gets published here. On the site, you can search for articles from 1995-on, and can view their abstracts if you register with the site (registering is free), but full text not available w/o $$$

Science Organizations

The American Chemical Society: With over 160,000 members, the ACS is the world's largest professional society, supporting the endeavors of academic, industrial and government scientists in chemistry and related disciplines.  The ACS publishes many of the most important journals in chemistry, holds biannual national meetings, advocates for chemistry and chemists in numerous arenas and play many other roles.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute: Along with the NSF, this private institution provides loads of dough for scientists. Also like the NSF, grad students are asked to look for money from HHMI.
Mercury Consortium: The MERCURY Consortium website.
NIH: According to their website, "the NIH mission is to uncover new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone." They dole out money and jobs, like any good government program should.
NSF: This government-sponsored program is one of the biggest funding sources for the sciences in the United States. Applicants to graduate school are often asked by their prospective schools to apply for grants from the NSF.