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Chris Jocius

Library Databases and Electronic Resources      E-books     Print Resources    Web Resources


Library Databases and Electronic Resources

SciFinder Scholar (registration required: click here)
SciFinder Scholar contains a comprehensive database of chemical literature and patents. It includes literature on topics such as biotechnology, toxicology, environmental sciences, medicine, and food science. Some full text articles are available. Coverage begins in 1907. Before using SciFinder Scholar, you must register an account through this link. On some campus computers, full functionality will be available only in Internet Explorer.

For more information on understanding and using Scifinder, check out Information Retrieval: Scifinder for a thorough exploration of all the options and capabilities available in this service.

Wiley Encyclopedia of Chemical Biology
The Wiley Encyclopedia of Chemical Biology provides researchers and advanced students with timely and authoritative review-type information. The articles in WECB illuminate the crucial role of chemistry and chemical techniques in the life sciences and support the information needs of researchers in the field of chemical biology.

Handbook of Green Chemistry
This handbook covers highly topical areas in green chemistry such as feedstocks, green chemical engineering, green catalysis, separation techniques, and green solvents. It also covers the big environmental product design issues faced by chemists today. The twelve volume handbook is published online in three parts with volumes 1-6 published in 2010, and updates of the additional 6 volumes in 2011 and 2012.

Knovel Digital Library
Knovel is a science, engineering, and technology database comprised of ebooks and other types of technical information, such as data sheets, conference proceedings, and other various reports. It has interactive tables, graphs and charts to assist users with analysis of materials and properties and built-in conversion equations so data can be displayed in the required unit of measurement.

Perry's Chemical Engineer's Handbook, 8th Edition
Reference Desk TP151 .P45 2008
The handbook for chemical engineers. Provides information on processes and physical property data. Also available online.

Scopus provides multidisciplinary indexing of the science and engineering literature. It is Elsevier's counterpart to ISI's Web of Science, providing the same core functionality but indexing a wider variety of journals and proceedings. Coverage generally from 1996 to present though some records date as far back as the mid-1800s.

Technology Research Database
Technology Research Database (TRD) is comprised of a number of materials science and engineering databases (e.g., Ceramics Abstracts, Advanced Polymers Abstracts, Composites Industry Abstracts, METADEX, etc.). Dates of coverage vary for each database.

Compendex is one of the most comprehensive bibliographic databases in the field of engineering. The citations are drawn from over 2,600 journals, conference proceedings, technical reports, books, and other materials. Compendex is the online equivalent of the print Engineering Index. Coverage is from 1884 to Present.

Biological Abstracts
This database  provides coverage of the biological sciences. The database includes both the traditional areas of biology, as well as interdisciplinary fields such as biochemistry, biophysics and bioengineering.  More than 6,500 serials are monitored for inclusion. Coverage from 1980 to Present.  

Dissertation Abstracts
Dissertation Abstracts contains references and abstracts for doctoral dissertations from accredited American and
Canadian, selected British and European universities, covering all academic subjects. Masters theses are also included
from accredited North American Universities. Coverage from 1861 (masters from 1988) to present.  

This database covers every published congress, symposium, conference, exposition, workshop and meeting received by the British Library. Coverage from 1993 to Present.

Phase Equilibria Diagrams

The classic American Ceramics Society/NIST resource for phase equilibria diagrams, now available online.




Annual Review of Biochemistry

Annual Review of Physical Chemistry

Arrow-pushing in Organic Chemistry

Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry of Fluorine

Handbook of Green Chemistry

Molecular Orbitals and Organic Chemical Reactions

Organic and Physical Chemistry of Polymers

Pharma-ecology: the Occurence and Fate of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in the Environment

Reactive Intermediates: MS Investigations in Solution

Wiley Encyclopedia of Chemical Biology  


Print and Online Resources

This is not an exhaustive list. Please search the MERLIN catalog for additional books. Also try Thermodex and the Chemical and Physical Properties websites to identify additional resources (See Web Resources below).

Dictionary of Scientific Biography
Reference Q141 .D5
Biographical information on the careers and practices of former prominent scientists from ancient times through the modern era. In order to access this resource, click the link on the left and then the "Proceed" button on the page that loads. This resource is also available online. 

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology
Reference Q121 .M3 2007
For more than 40 years, the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology has been the first source readers around the world have turned to when starting research on any major scientific topic. With more than 7,000 articles written by leaders in their fields - including 30 Nobel Prize winners - the Encyclopedia is famed for the scope and quality of its content. The electronic version contains over 7,100 articles in 97 subject areas. This resource is also available online. 

On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research
Q180.A1 S35 2009
This resource is also available online. 

Candid science : conversations with famous chemists by István Hargittai
QD21 .H295 2000

Candid science III : more conversations with famous chemists by István Hargittai
QD21 .H295 2003

Nature's building blocks : an A-Z guide to the elements by John Emsley
REF QD466 .E52 2003

The Norton history of chemistry by William H. Brock
D11 .B76 1993


Ready Reference - Try these first.

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 92nd Edition
Reference Desk QD65 .H3 2011/2012
Contains an extensive collection of physical property data, conversion factors, nomenclature, and mathematical
tables. This resource is also available online.

Lange's Handbook of Chemistry
Reference TP151 .H25 15th 1999
Contains physical property data, conversion factors, and nomenclature.

The Merck Index, 14th Edition
Reference Desk RS356.M524 2006
Contains encyclopedia entries for chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and biologicals. Provides information on synthesis and some physical property. This resource is also available online.

Perry's Chemical Engineer's Handbook, 8th Edition (Also available online.)
Reference Desk TP151 .P45 2008
The handbook for chemical engineers. Provides information on processes and physical property data. Also available online.

    Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology
Reference Q121 .M3 2007

Dictionary of Inorganic Compounds
Reference QD148 .D53 1992

Dictionary of Organic Compounds
Reference QD246 .D5 1996

Dictionary of Organometallic Compounds
Reference QD411 .D53 1995

Dictionary of Scientific Biography
Reference Q141 .D5

Encyclopedia of Analytical Science
Reference QD71.5 .E53 1995

Encyclopedia of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
Reference QD451 .E53 2001


Encyclopedia of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
Reference QD451 .E53 2001 (3 v.)


Encyclopedia of Chromatography
Reference  QD79.C4 E63 2010(3 v.)


Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis
Reference QD77 .E53 1995

Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary
Reference QD5 .C5 1997

Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology
Reference TP9 .K54 2004

Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry
Reference TP9 .U57 2003

Wiley Encyclopedia of Chemical Biology
Online only


        The ACS Style Guide:  Effective communication of scientific information
        Reference QD8.5 .A25 2006

        Aldrich Handbook of Fine Chemicals (a.k.a. Aldrich Catalog)
        Reference Desk TP202 .A43 2009/2010

        Beilstein's Handbuch der Organischen Chemie
        Third Floor
QD251 .B4

        The Chemist's Companion: A Handbook of Practical Data, Techniques, and References
        Reference QD65 .G64     

        CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 88th Edition
        Reference  QD65 .H3 2007/2008. The latest edition of this resource is also available online.

        Handbook of Heterogenous Catalysis
        Reference QD505 .H34 2008

        CRC Handbook of Laboratory Safety
        Reference QD51 .H27 1990    

        Gmelins Handbuch der Anorganischen Chemie .
        Third Floor QD151.G52

         Handbook of Data on Organic Compounds.
        Reference QD257.7 .H36 1994    

        Handbook of the Physicochemical Properties of the Elements
        Reference QD466 .A3413

        International Critical Tables of Numerical Data, Physics, Chemistry and Technology
        Reference Q199 .N32

        Laboratory Companion: A practical guide to materials, equipment, and technique
        Reference QD53 .C69 2006

        Laboratory Safety for Chemistry Students
        Reference Reserves (3 day loan)

        Purification of Laboratory Chemicals
        Reference TP156 .P83 P47 1997

        Reagent Chemicals: Specifications and procedures
        Reference QD77 .A54 2006        

        Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater
        Reference QD142 .A5

    Spectra Collections

        The Aldrich Library of 13C and 1H FT-IR Spectra
        Reference QC462.85 .A44 1993

        The Aldrich Library of FT-IR Spectra
        Reference QC457 .P87 1997

        The Aldrich Library of Infrared Spectra
        Reference QD96 .I5 P67 1981

         The Aldrich Library of NMR Spectra
        Reference QD96 .N8 P68 1983

         Handbook of Green Chemistry
        Online only

       Handbook of Infrared and Raman Spectra of Inorganic Compounds and Organic Salts
      Reference QC457 .N927 1997

        Handbook of Monochromatic XPS Spectra
        Reference QC482 .S6 C75 2000

         Infrared Prism (Sadtler)
        Third Floor QC457 .S3 1967   

        Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectra (Sadtler)
        Third Floor QC762 .S3 1967 

        Sadtler Handbook of Infrared Spectra
        Reference QC453 .S73 1978 

        Sadtler Handbook of Proton NMR Spectra
        Reference QC762 .J73 1978 

        Sadtler Ultra Violet Standard Spectra
        Third Floor QC459 .S3 1966

     Sigma-Aldrich Handbook of Stains, Dyes, and Indicators (UV-visible-IR)
        Reference QD77 .G73 1990

      Sigma-Aldrich Labware
        Ref Desk QD53 .S546 2009/10

       Standard Grating Spectra (IR; Sadtler)
      Third Floor QC453 .S3

Web Resources

        Periodic Tables

             ACS Periodic Table

             NIST Periodic Table

             WebElements Periodic Table

        Chemical Properties and Spectra


             Chemical and Physical Properties
            This website, maintained by LSU, allows one to select a chemical/physical property and then provides a print
            resource where that information can be found. After you locate a print resource on the LSU Website, check
            MERLIN to see if we own it.

             CODATA: Internationally Recommended Values of the Fundamental Physical Constants

             NIST Chemistry WebBook

             NIST Data Gateway

             Spectral Database for Organic Compounds (SDBS)
            A spectral database, maintained by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (Japan),
            for organic compounds. Includes spectra for FT-IR, MS, NMR, C13 NMR, Raman, and ESR.

            This website, maintained by University of Texas-Austin, allows one to select a chemical/physical property and
            then provides a print resource and/or Web-based resources where that information can be found. After you
            locate a print resource in ThermoDex, check MERLIN to see if we own it.


             Missouri S&T Department of Chemistry

             ACS Directory of Gradate Research

             American Chemical Society (ACS)


             Common Journal Abbreviations

             Abbreviations for Core Chemical Abstracts Journals

             IUPAC Nomenclature

             Beilstein Dictionary (German Dictionary)

             Missouri S&T MSDS Database

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