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Welcome to the UR research guide for Chemistry!  Use this guide to learn more about the library's rich resources in the chemical sciences -- you can access books, databases, journals, and websites from this page. 

I am the liaison librarian for Chemistry as well as many other science disciplines.  Please contact me if you need any help with your research!

                                                                                                      ~ Melanie

Background information & key reference works in chemistry

Use encyclopedias and dictionaries to obtain an overview of your subject, an understanding of basic concepts, a summary of key issues, and definitions.  Articles frequently include bibliographies and may refer you to other entries on related topics. 

Handbooks provide a wealth of information - physical constants, data, tabular materials - in all areas of chemistry.

  • AccessScience (the online edition of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology)
         REF Q121 .M3 2007
  • Aldrich Library of FT-IR Spectra
         QC457 .P87 1997
  • Aldrich Library of Infrared Spectra  *
         REF QD96 .I5 P67 1981
  • Aldrich Library of 13C and 1H FT NMR Spectra  *
         REF QC462.85 .A44 1993
  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics  *
         REF QD65 .H3
  • Handbook of Data on Organic Compounds
         REF QD257.7 .H36 1994  *
  • Dictionary of Chemical Names and Synonyms
         REF TP9 .H65 1992
  • A Dictionary of Chemistry
         REF QD5 .D4985 2008
  • Dictionary of Organic Compounds  *
         REF QD246 .D5 1996
  • Encyclopedia of Analytical Science  *
         REF QD71.5 .E53 2005
  • Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology
         REF TP9 .K54 2004
  • Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry
         REF QD148 .E53 2005
  • Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary  *
         REF QD5 .C5 2007
  • How to Find Chemical Information
         REF QD8.5 .M34 1998
  • Lange's Handbook of Chemistry  *
         REF QD65 .L3
  • Material Safety Data Sheets
         Available through LexisNexis Academic
  • Merck Index  *
         REF RS51 .M4 2006
  • McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms  *
         REF Q123 .M34 2003
  • Oxford Reference Online (Dictionary of Chemistry)
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia
         REF Q121 .V3 2008

    Also available in Science Reading Room, Gottwald

Science Librarian

Melanie Hillner
Boatwright Library