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CASSI Search Tool: Chemical Abstracts Source Index-find periodicals titles from abbreviations and the other way too! 

Noteworthy Chemistry from the American Chemical Society - browse new ideas in Chemistry.

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General Chemistry Encyclopedias & Handbooks

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Chemist's Ready Reference Handbook. (Ref 540.2 Sh92) New York: McGraw-Hill, 1990.

IUPAC Compendium of Chemical Terminology -  The “gold book” for definitions of chemical terms.  Based on the 1997 2nd edition, but regularly updated.

Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology. (Ref 660.3 K634a) 26 volumes plus index. 5th ed. New York: Wiley-Interscience, 2007.

Lange's Handbook of Chemistry. (Ref 540.2 L260b) 16th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005.

Merck Index.  (Ref 615.1 M537 2013 ) 15th ed. Rahway, NJ: Merck, 2013.

NIST Chemistry Webbook.  Synonyms, structure and data for mostly organic compounds.

ChemBioFinder.  Free to search, but you need to register.

Sigma-Aldrich.  Search under Products for compounds and other products for sale.  For compounds includes structure, formula, and MSDS.

ChemView.  EPA database of health and safety information for regulated compounds.

Analytical Chemistry

Dean's analytical chemistry handbook.  (Ref. 543 P274) New York : McGraw-Hill, c2004.  

Official Methods of Analysis. (Ref 543 Of4) 2 vols. 18th ed. Arlington: Association of Official Analytical Chemists, 2005.

Techniques of Chemistry. (2nd floor, 542 W436) New York: Wiley-Interscience, 1971 to date.

Handbook of green analytical chemistry .  (Online eBook) Chichester, West Sussex ; Hoboken : John Wiley & Sons, 2012

Laboratory Safety

CRC Handbook of Laboratory Safety. (Online eBook) 5th ed. Cleveland, OH: Chemical Rubber, 2000. 

Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety. (Ref 613.62 St39) 4th ed. 4 vols. Geneva: International Labor Office, 1998.

Ellenhorn's Medical Toxicology: Diagnosis and Treatment of Human Poisoning. (Ref 615.9 El54) 2nd ed. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins, 1997.

Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB) - Comprehensive, peer-reviewed toxicology data for about 5,000 chemicals.

Material Safety Data Sheets - From Vermont Safety Information Resources, Inc.

MSDS Xchange - Comprehensive MSDS collection.  Only sign in if you want to create a "binder" you can return to.


Aldrich Library of Infrared Spectra. (Ref 535.842 P860) 3rd ed. Milwaukee: Aldrich, 1981.

Aldrich Library of NMR Spectra. (Ref 538.362 P860) 2nd ed. 2 vols. Milwaukee: Aldrich, 1983.

Properties of Organic Compounds includes spectral peaks; included in 


See also NIST Webbook.

Physical Chemistry

Annual Review of Physical Chemistry. From 

.  Summarizes research results reported during the past year.

Determination and Use of Stability Constants. (2nd floor, 541.392 M361) New York: VCH, 1992.

Environmental Chemistry

Toxnet - From  NLM; showcased on the Environmental Health & Toxicology site. In addition to ChemIDPlus and HSDB listed above, this suite of databases includes the following (a caveat - some of the databases not listed on this page are no longer being updated:

IRIS (Integrated Risk Information System) - Hazard identification and dose-response assessments for over 500 chemicals;

TRI (Toxics Release Inventory) - Annual environmental releases of over 600 toxic chemicals by U.S. facilities;

Organic Chemistry

Fieser & Fieser's Reagents for Organic Synthesis. (2nd floor, 547.301 F464) New York: Wiley, 1967 to date.

Organic Chemistry Resources Worldwide - "An intuitive WWW resource guide for synthetic organic chemists"

Organic Reactions. (2nd floor, 547 Or14a) New York: John Wiley and Sons. Annual.

Organic Syntheses and Organic Syntheses Collective Volume. Also available in print (2nd floor, 547 Or14c) 2nd ed. New York: J. Wiley and Sons, Annual.  Organic Syntheses. Collective Volume in print (2nd floor, 547 Or13)

- Includes Properties of Organic Compounds, Dictionary of Organic Compounds, Dictionary of Carbohydrates, Dictionary of Food Compounds, Dictionary of Inorganic Compounds, Dictionary of Marine Natural Products, and more.  The Combined Chemical Dictionary includes the contents of all of the "Dictionaries" series.
Inorganic Chemistry

Inorganic Syntheses. (2nd floor, 545.9 In7) New York: McGraw-Hill, Annual.

   - Includes Dictionary of Inorganic Compounds.


KnowledgeDoor  easily find common equations for area and volume alongside lesser-known equations for acoustic impedance and luminous energy, mathematical constants in a variety of metric and non-SI units, hyperlinked to a list of full primary or secondary citations.

WebElements  Quick basic information.

Patent Databases
Patent Databases

U. S. Patent Office Web Site

 -   U.S. Patent Office Patent Search

Google Patents.  Another way to search for US Patents.


European Patent Office Web Site

- European Patent Office Patent Search

World International Property Organization (WIPO) - This database searches for patents, trademarks, emblems.  Japan and many other countries participate in this UN database.

Patent tutorials Credit to University of Minnesota Library

- What is a Patent and what is patentable

 - Patent Searching - US Patent search beginning with Google Patents and venturing on to the US Patent office site

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Style Guide
  • The ACS style guide: effective communication of scientific information.   (Ref. 540.02 D661a) 3rd ed. Washington, DC : American Chemical Society ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006. Also available in the Library's collection as an eBook. Here's a link to the References chapter.
  • Quick Guide to Citing Using the ACS Style Guide from Pennsylvania State University's Physical and Mathematical Sciences Library.
  • CASSI Search Tool: Chemical Abstracts Source Index-find periodicals titles from abbreviations and the other way too! You need to abbreviate journal names for ACS Style.
Chemistry Writing and Guides to the Literature
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