Property data can be some of the most difficult information to find.
There are many resources to look in and because each chemical substance and property may be called many different names, each resource must be searched by each of those different terms. Even more disconcerting - there's no guarantee the property data you want has ever been determined (either experimentally or theoretically), so when you don't find the information is it because the data doesn't exist or is it because you aren't looking in the right place and/or using the right terminology?
Below you'll find instructions on what resources to use and what search terms and strategies to look for. These tips may help you be more succesful in your search and to spend less time doing it.
Do you know what you're looking for and will you recognize when you see it?
To find property data you need to know the following before you start your search:
When property data is frequently used, a publication may be created that brings together all the data from the literature into one place - these publications may be handbooks (a single volume work summarizing a subject, especially formulas and data) or simply a data compilation in print (tables) or database format.
In the Library:
Some bibliographic indexes have "added value" indexing which can help retrieve journal articles that contain property data, especially if the property is a major concept of the article.
In addition to using SciFinder's data compilation for each substance, you can also use the regular searching features to find other possible articles/patents/reports for the property.
Searching the full text of journal articles can help you find property data that is "buried" deep within articles and is especially useful for finding data that is not a major concept of the article.