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Albert Search

Search Albert to find books, movies, etc..

General Chemistry Encyclopedias & Handbooks

Search online encyclopedias and 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.

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.

ChemWiki. Modular open access Chemistry textbook.

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


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above, this suite of databases includes the following (a caveat - some of the databases not listed on this page are no longer being updated: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)

Strategic Applications of Named Reactions in Organic Synthesis: background and detailed mechanisms. (Ref 547.2 K967).  Boston, Elsevier, 2005.

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

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

European Patent Office Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) 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

Patent Tutorial (Saint Mary's College)

What is a Patent and what is patentable (University of Minnesota)

Patent Searching (University of Minnesota) - US Patent search beginning with Google Patents and venturing on to the US Patent office site

Laboratory Safety and Safety Data Sheets

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA) requires that chemical manufacturers, distributors or importers provide Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) (formerly MSDSs or Material Safety Data Sheets) to users for each chemical in order to communicate its hazards. To locate a SDS, you can use the following resources (or search a manufacturer's website e.g. Fisher Scientific or MilliporeSigma).

Chemical Safety Research Portal

Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB) - A ToxNet database from the U.S. National Library of Medicine which includes comprehensive, peer-reviewed toxicology data for about 5,000 chemicals.

Material Safety Data Sheets - From SFS Chemical Safety, Inc.

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.

Chemical Industry and Outlook

Product Catalogs

Equipment Manufacturers

Career Resources

Graduate Study

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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

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: critical steps to succeed and critical errors to avoid. (501.4 AL54 2nd floor) (Ebook also available) New York : Springer, c2003

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Writing Center

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