Is an index to articles in business and trade magazines; all areas of the chemical industry are covered including bulk chemicals, pharmaceuticals, plastics, cosmetics, metals, etc. The type of information found will be of interest to the business side of chemistry, including news about the industry in general and about specific companies and products. So in addition to prices, these sources will also include company ownership changes, financial outlooks, sales, marketing, demand, productivity, and employment information.
Search strategies for ABI/Inform:
SciFinder (aka ChemCat)
Suppliers for chemicals may be found using the ChemCat section of SciFinder. Although there is section for pricing in each ChemCat record, many suppliers opt out by putting "Contact Supplier", rather than the purchase price. Because of the small amount of pricing information actually in the database, we recommend this as the very last resort for chemical pricing information.
Once in the database, click on the "Substance Identifier" link in the left-hand column, after the screen refreshes enter the chemical's exact name or CAS Registry Number in the search box. From the results list, click on the chemical(s) you want and then click on the "commerical sources link" (the red flask) icon. From the list of suppliers, click on the title for each one that's of interest to see the full information. The price is part of the "Commercial Source Information" section.
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ICIS: Price Reports
ICIS: Chemical Business is one of the main trade magazines for the chemical industry. Previously, this title was known as the Chemical Market Reporter (1996-2006), Chemical Marketing Reporter (1972-1996), and the Oil, Paint and Drug Reporter (1871-1971) and was one of the main sources of chemical prices for the top-selling bulk chemicals. The new publisher moved the magazine from print to online but removed the pricing section. Pricing information is now a separate report from this publisher and is packaged and priced for businesses rather than libraries.