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Article and Reference Databases


Discover articles and books from many of our databases.


Article Databases

  • Journal publisher package from American Chemical Society. We subscribe to the journal content only, v.1-to present
  • You need an account to use this; Use AskUs link to contact Librarian for url to register.
Journal Publisher Packages
  • Our subscription, 1997-to present. Look for unlocked locks.
  • Elsevier journals.  Our subscription 1995 - to present.  Green boxes.
  • Springer journals.  Our subscription 1997 - to present.  Green boxes signify our holdings.
  • Backfile through 2007.  Current subscription to Annual Review of Physical Chemistry.

Reference Databases

  • Includes McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology
  • Includes: Chemistry: Foundations and Applications; World of Forensic Science; Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography
  • Includes: Dictionary of Chemistry; Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  •  Includes: Forensic Chemistry Handbook; Handbook of green analytical chemistry; Handbook of chemistry, biochemistry and biology: new frontiers; 
  • ChemIDplus - Dictionary of over 370,000 chemicals (names, synonyms, and structures) from National Library of Medicine's Specialized Information Service.  Use the Advanced Search feature for chemical structure, property, and toxicity searching
  • ChemSpider - Royal Society of Chemistry source for 26 million structures, synonyms, trade names,  and formulas, with links to properties, spectra, etc. Links to both authoritative journal content (links to SMC subscribed content will only work on campus for this free resource) and non-authoritative (Wikipedia) content, so confirm results with other sources.
  • NIST's Webbook - (National Institute of Standards and Technology)Thermochemical, phase transition, gas phase IR and mass spectral data for thousands of compounds.


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Browse periodicals by doi or subject


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

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General Chemistry

Organic Chemistry


Analytical Chemistry

Physical Chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry

Books, Encyclopedias & Web Links

Albert Search

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General Chemistry Encyclopedias & Handbooks

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.

Macmillan Encyclopedia of Chemistry.  (Ref 540.3 L137) 4 vols. New York: Simon and Schuster Macmillan, 1997.

Merck Index.  (Ref 615.1 M537 2006 ) 14th ed. Rahway, NJ: Merck, 2006.

Van Nostrand Reinhold Encyclopedia of Chemistry. (Ref 540.3 V338) 4th ed. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1984.

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.

Laboratory Safety

CRC Handbook of Laboratory Safety. (Ref 542.1 C859a) 5th ed. Cleveland, OH: Chemical Rubber, 2000. Also available as e-book.

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 ChemNetBase.

See also NIST Webbook.

Physical Chemistry

Annual Review of Physical Chemistry. From Annual Reviews.  Also available in print (2nd floor, 541.058 An78) Palo Alto, CA: California Annual Review, 1950 to date. 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

Environmental Contaminants Encyclopedia.  From National Parks Service.  (Search engine on left; or open relevant file)

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)

ChemNetBase   - 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 Materials Chemistry Desk Reference. (Ref 661 Sa58) Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 1997.

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

ChemNetBase   - 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

European Patent Office

U. S. Patent Office Web Site

     Patent Search

Google Patents.  Another way to search for US Patents.

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

European Patent Office

Career and Industry Links
Chemical Industry and Outlook

Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals (Industry Handbook). (Ref 338.4 D910) Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2000.

Plunkett: Chemicals, Coatings & Plastics Industry  

Product Catalogs

Aldrich Handbook of Fine Chemicals and Laboratory Equipment. (Ref 540 AL24) Milwaukee, WI: Aldrich Chemical, Bienniel.

Sigma-Aldrich Catalog - Describes different chemicals, and allows chemists to order them.

Equipment Manufacturers




Strategic Diagnostics


Career Resources

American Chemical Society Career Portal

Exploring health care careers. (Careers, 2nd floor 610.69 Ex74). 2vol. New York : Ferguson, c2006.

Great jobs for environmental studies majors.  (Careers: 2nd Floor 331.128 D363en). Chicago : VGM Career Books, c2002

Nontraditional careers for chemists.  (Careers: 2nd floor 540.23 B185)  Oxford : Oxford University Press, c2007.

Opportunities in chemistry careers (540.23 Online) Chicago : VGM Career Books, c2002

Occupational Outlook Handbook. Training required & job prospects from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Graduate Study

ACS Directory of Graduate Research

ACS Graduate Education Resources

Internship Opportunities

National Science Foundation. Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

NSF REU - Chemistry Sites

ACS Undergraduate Internships

ACS Chemistry Undergraduate Summer Jobs

ACS Style Guide and Writing Handbooks
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.

Quick Guide to Citing Using the ACS Style Guide from Pennsylvania State University's Physical and Mathematical Sciences Library.

Chemistry Writing and Guides to the Literature

Write Like a Chemist.  Oxford, 2008.  (2nd floor 808.0665 R564) .  On Reserve during Chem 089.  Also available as an e-book on the ebrary platform.

Chemical Information Sources. (Ref 540.16 W639) New York: McGraw-Hill, 1991.

The Literature of Chemistry: recommended titles for undergraduate chemistry. (Ref 540.16 D749) Chicago : ACRL, 2004.

Scientific Writing and Presentations

The art of scientific writing: from student reports to professional publications in chemistry and related fields.  (Ref 808.0665 E32). Ebel, Hans Friedrich. Weinheim : Wiley-VCH, c2004

Doing science : design, analysis, and communication of scientific research. (507.2 V238a) 2nd ed. New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.

The craft of scientific presentations [electronic resource] : critical steps to succeed and critical errors to avoid. (808.0665 Online) New York : Springer, c2003

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