Gmelin is typically used to locate factual information on specific compounds. This information includes any or all of the following for a chemical compound:
Text is augmented by tables and graphs in many places. All information is accompanied by the source literature reference. See a page listing journal abbreviations used in older Gmelin volumes.
Although Gmelin was published over many decades, the series was not uniform in its currency. Some elements are represented only by slim summary volumes published in the 1930s, with no further updates. Other elements (such as Fe, B, S, F, U, etc.) have numerous supplements. In most cases, later supplement volumes focused on an element's organometallic compounds (Organische Verbindungen). Each volume indicates a literature coverage date on the back of the title page.
Before 1982, Gmelin text was in German, with English tables of contents, section headings, and sidebar tabs to guide the non-German reader. After 1982 it was published in English.
The Gmelin Handbook is shelved in the library's reference stacks, near Beilstein, Houben-Weyl, and Landolt-Börnstein. Volumes are non-circulating. [Catalog Record]
CuO4W ........ CuWO4 ........ 60 (Cu): Hb/B3--1236/7
Journal coverage in Gmelin has always been very uneven. After 1976 the Institute extracted data separately from about 110 journals. Coverage and currency faltered after 1995, when the Gmelin Institute closed, and there are still significant gaps in the data thereafter. Gmelin data is currently owned and compiled by Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh) and licensed exclusively to Elsevier for distribution in Reaxys. From the late 1990s about 60 journals were monitored for content, but coverage has expanded a bit since 2009, though not retrospectively.