Resources by Subject Chemistry

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Reference Sources (Background)
Locating Books
Locating Articles And More (Databases & Indexes)
Film,Video, and Image Collections
Finding Patents
Evaluating Sources
Citing Sources
Basic Guide to Research for Chemistry

Reference Sources (Background)

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
Chemical data, current edition online

Credo Reference (full text; current)
Over 500 reference books and sets from several publishers covering all subject areas.

Oxford Reference Online - Science and Technology
Search dictionaries and reference books published by Oxford University Press.

Dictionary of Organic Compounds
Ref QD 246 .D5 1982 v. 1-7
Details of structures, physical and chemical properties and literature references for organic substances

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry
Ref QD 148 .E53 1994 v.1-8
Articles on elements, methods and theories, with references

Lange's Handbook of Chemistry
Ref QD 65 .L362 1992
Chemical data

Macmillan Encyclopedia of Chemistry
Ref QD 4 .M33 1997 v. 1-4
Articles on chemistry topics and biographies of chemists, with bibliographic references and illustrations.

Merck Index
Ref RS 51 .M4 2006
Data on chemicals, drugs, and plants, 14th edition.

World of Chemistry
Ref QD 33 .W873 2000
Encyclopedia of terms and people

Locating Books

The call number area for Chemistry is QD.

The library's online catalog, providing access to books, journals, music, and movies in the library.

A catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Books and articles not owned by our library can be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Allow sufficient time for processing.  Average turnaround time is 3-5 days for articles and 3-14 days for books, excluding holidays and weekends. Submit ILL requests well in advance of deadlines.

Locating Articles And More (Databases & Indexes)

SciFinder (1907-present for CAplus; dates vary for other databases)
You must REGISTER FOR AN ACCOUNT before using this for the first time, and you must use this login each time you use the database.
Key index in field of Chemistry. Includes 6 databases -CAplus, Registry, CASREACT, and Medline. Limited number of simultaneous users; if ports are full, try again later.

ACS Publications (full text; dates vary; current issues and complete archives)
Journals published and distributed by the American Chemical Society

Dissertations & Theses Global (full text 1997 to present; citations & abstracts primarily 1861 to present, some citations 1637+)
Covers master's theses and Ph.D. dissertations worldwide in all disciplines.

MEDLINE - CSA (citations & abstracts; last 10 years)
Covers biomedical literature and medical topics relating to research, clinical practice, administration, policy issues, and health care services.

Academic Search Complete (1988 to present, some full-text)
Articles from selected popular magazines and scholarly journals in all disciplines.

OmniFile Full Text Mega (some full text; most 1994 to present, with some 1982 to present)
Articles from scholarly and popular sources in all disciplines.

Once you know which journals you need, search Journals A-Z to see if they are online or in the library.

Film, Video, and Image Collections

American History In Video
Hundreds of hours of histroical film footage compiled from commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries on American history.

PBS Streaming Video Collection
Hundreds of hours of streaming video content from PBS, including programming from series such as Frontline, NOVA, and The American Experience.

ARTstor (images)
An international digital library of approximately 550,000 images contributed by museums, individual photographers, scholars, special collections at libraries, and photo archives. In addition to images of  paintings, drawings, sculpture, and the decorative arts, the collection includes cultural and religious objects, cartoons, fashion and costume illustrations, covers from printed music, pages from illuminated manuscripts and early printed books, natural history illustrations, early anatomical and medical drawings, and many other types of images.-

Finding Patents

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has a database of all U.S. patents issued since 1790. Issued Patents (PatFT) includes all approved patents. This is full-text searchable for patents issued from 1976 to present. Patents issued from 1790-1975 are searchable only by patent number and current US classifications. Published Applications (AppFT) includes patent applications dated from 2001+, and is full-text searchable. Make sure and read the help files carefully for instructions on proper searching, or you may fail to locate existing patents!


American Chemical Society

ChemBioFinder (CambridgeSoft Corporation)
Quick fact finding database

Chemical Information Sources Wiki (Indiana University)

Chemistry Index (Institute of Chemistry, Freie Universität, Berlin)

ChemSpider (Royal Society of Chemistry)
A searchable datbaseof over 25 million structures (Elsevier)
Site for the chemicals industry, contact with the chemical community

Environmental Fate Database
A database on the persistence of chemicals in the environment

Where to Find Material Safety Data Sheets
Hazardous material information

Molecules To Go (National Institutes of Health)
Searchable utility for the Brookhaven Protein Data Bank (PDB) of molecular structure data. Includes text, image and interactive versions of the molecules. Image and interactive versions may require special software for viewing - read the instructions for assistance.

NIST Data Gateway
Access to scientific and technical data, National Institute of Standards and Technology

NIST Virtual Library: Chemistry
Links to a wide variety of chemical information

Rolf Claessen's Chemistry Index
Trade site for chemistry, features top 5% of chemistry sites each month

Yahoo! Science: Chemistry
Metasite for Internet resources on chemistry

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Sources (R-MC)

Is it POPULAR or is it SCHOLARLY? (R-MC)

Critical Evaluation of Resources on the Internet (University of Alberta Libraries)

Citing Sources

ACS Style Guide
Ref. Desk QD 8.5 .A25 2006
Standard manual for authors from the American Chemical Society.

Guides to the major citation styles are available at the Reference Desk.

Citing Full-Text from Library Databases (R-MC)

Citing in MLA, APA, and Chicago Styles (R-MC)

KnightCite (Calvin College)
Automatically formats citation information according to MLA, APA, or Chicago styles. Be sure to double-check the result for accuracy!


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