Information Retrieval for Chemists: CHEM 2600

List of Resources

The material listed here is a compilation of the most important sources for researching chemical information. All of these sources will be discussed and used in the course: Information Retrieval in Chemistry, CHEM 2600. These titles are the best, but not the only, sources for data or references on chemicals, organic chemistry and related material.

 ACS Style Guide: effective communication of scientific information. 3rd edition, ACS, Washington DC. 2006. REF QD 8.5 .A25 2006. Chapter 14:References (in PDF format).

Aldrich Chemical Company. Aldrich Advancing Science. Aldrich, Milwaukee, WI. WEBSITE: Aldrich

Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index. CASSI. 1907-1994. 3v. Chemical Abstracts Service, Columbus, OH.   available as Web Tool at: CASSI

Chemical Rubber Company. Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 87th. REF QD 65 .C72. Older editions have call number REF QD 65 .H3  Electronic Subscription (current edition) : ChemNetBase.

Dictionary of Organic Compounds.(DOC) 6th ed. 1996. 9v. Chapman and Hall, London.   Electronic subscription: ChemNetBase.

Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis. 8 vol. Wiley, New York. REF QD 77 .E53 1995.  Electronic version: Handbook of Reagents for Organic Synthesis via Knovel. (5 volumes, this is link to vol 1)

Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology. 4th ed. 1992-1998. 26v. Wiley-Interscience, N.Y. REF TP 9 .E685 1992.  5th ed in progress. v. 1-4.  Electronic subscriptionto 5th edition: Kirk Othmer

Lewis, Richard ed. Sax's Dangerous Properties of Industrial Materials. 10th ed. 2000. 3v. Van Nostrand Reinhold, N.Y.  REF T 55.3 .H3 L494.  Electronic subscription, latest edition: Knovel.

Merck Index. Merck Co, Rahway, NJ. 13th ed..   RS 51 .M4 2006.  Electronic Subscription to latest edition 

Organic Syntheses. 10 collective volumes; Index for vol. 1-8; Wiley, N.Y.  QD 262 .O71. Now available FREE on the WEB--for best results, install ChemDraw on your computer. 

Patterson, Austin. Patterson's German-English Dictionary for Chemists. 4th ed. 1992. Wiley, N.Y.  QD 5 .P3 1992.



Beilsteins Handbuch der Organischen Chemie. 4th ed. Hauptwerke & Erganzungswerke 1-4. REF QD 251 .B4.

 SciFinder Scholar is full web-based electronic access to Chemical Abstracts from 1907- and Medline, 1950-Available 24 hours a day, login using your own account that you can set up here: Scifinder Registration 
 Please remember to log completely out of SFS when you finish your searching.  

Engineering Index. 1920-1969 Shelved on 1st floor. It covers approximately 7000 titles. Also on the WEB: COMPENDEX WEB, 1970-

Ebsco Databases 1990-  This service offers a number of subject specialty databases and Academic Search Premier, which has full text access to over 4500 titles.

Infotrac 1980- This contains several databases of interest.  Expanded Academic Index is the index for 1500 academic journals, including full text for about 1100 of them. Others include: Health, General Business, and Magazines, plus several literary databases.

ScienceDirect. 1995- This database covers approximately 2000 Elsevier Press journals, with full content.

MEDLINE available on Ebsco.  Also on the WEB at: PubMed and in SciFinder Scholar.

ProQuest Biological Sciences  Offers a large and comprehensive Biological Sciences Database, including both Biochemistry and Biotechnology.  

Knovel  A large database of technical handbooks for engineers and scientists.  Exceptional searching tools and graphing capabilities.  Includes the entire International Critical Tables, and many other important engineering tools.

EndNote  A citation management software tool, web-based and accessible anywhere for all UML students.