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Chemistry Subject Guide

Select Reference Resources

The list below represents of few of the many valuable reference resources within the discipline of chemical sciences.  The sources are available in print (library main level) or online formats.  They will get you started in ways such as identifying interesting topics and providing background information.  Ask at the Reference Desk for further assistance in finding reference resources.

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics:  A Ready-Reference Book of Chemical and Physical Data
     Ref QD 65 .C73

Dictionary of Chemistry

Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary
     Ref QD 5 .C5

Information Retrieval:  SciFinder and SciFinder Scholar
     Ready Ref Z 699.5 .S3 R53

Lange's Handbook of Chemistry
     Ref QD 65 .L36

McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Science and Technology

The Merck Index:  An Encyclopedia of Chemicals, Drugs, and Biologicals
     Ref RS 51 .M4

Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
     Ref QD 415 .A25 O94

Van Nostrand's Encyclopedia of Chemistry
     Ref QD4 . V36


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Find Journal Articles

CrossSearch  Chemistry

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Search the following databases to locate citations and/or full text of journal articles. In some cases, the database will provide links to the full text of articles. If you see a WebBridge button next to an article of interest, click it to determine whether the journal is available in the Geisel Library or in full text via another electronic database. WebBridge will also help you request articles through Interlibrary Loan if they aren't available through our library. If there is no WebBridge button, search for the journal's availability using the Journal Finder. Journals listed as being in "Geisel Library Paper Holdings" are shelved alphabetically by journal title on the Lower Level of the library.

Core Resources

ACS Publications (American Chemical Society)
Search here for full-text articles from 25 peer-reviewed American Chemical Society publications and citations from more than 30 journals. The ACS is one of the world's largest scientific societies and its publication, the Journal of the American Chemical Society, is one of the most cited journals in chemistry research. (1996–current; see the Legacy Archives for citations covering 1879–1995.)

ProQuest Science Journals
A collection of approximately 1,000 full-text journals from the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, and the earth sciences.

SciFinder Scholar
SciFinder Scholar provides access to Chemical Abstracts from 1907 to the present. Visit the library's SciFinder Scholar page for more information on this database.

Additional Subject Resources

Biological Sciences (CSA)
Contains abstracts from over 6,000 science journals, some conference proceedings, technical reports and books from 1982 to the present. A wide variety of biological subjects are covered, including biochemistry and toxicology.

This website houses the full-text of over 100 research journals in and some cover biochemical topics.

This database from the National Library of Medicine is an "extensive collection of online bibliographic information covering the biochemical, pharmacological, physiological, and toxicological effects of drugs and other chemicals." Coverage is five years ago to the present.

Supplemental Resources

Academic Search Premier
A broad index providing abstracts and some full-text for a range of academic areas, including chemistry. A number of ACS journals are indexed, and links to full-text are provided where available.

CQ Researcher
Explores a single "hot" issue in the news in depth each week. Some of these issues pertain to the field of chemistry. Coverage is from 1991 to the present.

Google Scholar
Materials found in Google Scholar include "peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations" (About Google Scholar, 2006). Some, but not all, of the content in Google Scholar is available in full text. Google Scholar is a good starting point for research, but it is not considered comprehensive for scholarly content. For the most thorough search of a topic, consult subject-specific indexes such as SciFinder Scholar and Beilstein Abstracts.
"The world's largest website for the search and delivery of research articles, offers you access to article summaries from over 20,000 publications."

Journal of Chemical Education
Browse by issue for articles published from September 1996 to the present. Use the JCE Index to access articles published before September 1996.

LexisNexis Academic
LexisNexis supplies access to the full-text of major papers from the 1980s to the present. Articles from Science sections are included. Lexis Nexis also supplies company and legal information.

ProQuest Science Journals
A collection of approximately 1,000 full-text journals from the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, and the earth sciences.

Helps you quickly locate scientific information (including chemistry-related information) on the Web searching more than 450 million science-related pages. Many of the links are to peer-reviewed journal information. Some is freely accessible full-text. Others may be available via Saint Anselm College or Interlibrary loan. 


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Find Books

Search the library catalog to locate books in Geisel Library. Search by keyword if you are unsure of the title you are looking for. Most chemistry-related books are located on the Upper Level of the library in the QD (Chemistry) and GE (Environmental Science) areas.

Search WorldCat to search the collections of libraries worldwide. Find a book in this database, and, if not owned by SAC, you can request it from Interlibrary Loan with one click. Your book(s) will be available for pickup in the library within 7–14 days. Ask for help in using this database at the reference desk, in person, or online at Ask a Librarian.

Ebrary is an online library containing thousands of e-books spanning across all scholarly disciplines. Books can either be opened in QuickView for instant viewing or in the ebrary Reader (a downloadable plug-in), which provides enhanced functionality such as the ability to copy/paste, highlight, or take notes in a particular book.


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Selected Websites


Searching the World Wide Web can yield a vast amount of information, but in terms of quality and reliability, your results may be uneven at best. The ease and speed with which individuals can publish information on the web, regardless of accuracy or quality, makes it imperative that when doing research on the web you know how to evaluate the information you find. To learn more, see our guide on Evaluating Websites.

American Elements (Periodic Table)
The periodic table from American Elements provides basic technical data, safety data, properties, research, applications, and other useful facts about the elements. American Elements is a commercial enterprise but the scientific information is unbiased and solely intended to be useful.

Chemdex:  A directory of Chemistry on the Internet
Mark Winter, University of Sheffield, UK
A directory of Chemistry on the Internet

The Chemical Industry Homepage
Provides links to Chemical Industry Associations, Management Resources, Chemical and Process Engineering Resources, Chemical Sales Resources, Environmental Resources, Analytical Chemistry Resources, Chemical Companies' Websites, Search Engines, Internet Cool Tools

Chemicool Periodic Table of Elements
Search the Periodic Table of Elements or click on the image to obtain information on states, energies, oxidation and electrons, appearance and characteristics, reactions, other forms, radius, conductivity, and abundance.

Part of the TOXNET system, ChemIDplus monitors over 70 chemical resources and provides access to them for identifying more than 380,000 chemicals cited in NLM databases.

Chemistry Resources
CalTech Library
Links to Associations, Societies, and Groups, Chemicals - Commercial Availability, Databases, Dictionaries and Translations, Hazardous Reactions, Journals and Newsletters, Lab Equipment, New Chemistry Books and Special Issue Journals, Patents, Recently Published Books, and more.

Chemistry WebBook
National Institute of Standards and Technology
"The NIST Chemistry WebBook provides users with easy access to chemical and physical property data for chemical species through the internet. The data provided in the site are from collections maintained by the NIST Standard Reference Data Program and outside contributors. Data in the WebBook system are organized by chemical species. The WebBook system allows users to search for chemical species by various means. Once the desired species has been identified, the system will display data for the species."

Here you will find job search info as well as abstracts to journal articles (free registration required).

General Chemistry Online
Professor Fred Senese, Frostburg State University
Tutorials and resources for general chemistry students.

Organic Chemistry Resources Worldwide
Georgia State University Chemistry Department
"An intuitive WWW resource guide for synthetic organic chemists"

Periodical Table of the Elements
Periodic Table on the WWW

"PubChem provides information on the biological activities of small molecules [and] includes substance information, compound structures, and bioactivity data in three primary databases, PCSubstance, PCCompound, and PCBioAssay."

WebElements Periodic Table Scholar edition
Periodic Table on the WWW

WEB-sters' Organic Chemistry
Professors Nick Turro, Columbia University
Ron Rusay, Diablo Valley College/UC Berkeley
"A Living Document of Internet Resources, Information and Applications"

WWW Chemistry Guide
This is a collection of links for chemists and researchers involved in the different fields of chemistry research.


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Citing Sources


The following web sites give examples of ACS style. For more detailed information, please consult The ACS Style Guide (Ref QD 8.5 .A25 2006).

Reference Style Guidelines from the American Chemical Society

ACS Style Guide  (Quick Guide from Williams College) 


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