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CHEMISTRY Subject Guide
Reference Sources

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  Print Reference Sources
  Style Guides
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  PASCAL Catalog
  WorldCat & ILL
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  Article Databases
  Journal Finder
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Reference Sources    
e-Reference Sources   back to top

A Dictionary of Chemistry [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2008.


A Dictionary of Weights, Measures, & Units  [Oxford Reference Online], Donald Fenna, 2004.

This comprehensive dictionary provides clear definitions of all the units, prefixes, and styling of the Système International (SI), as well as industry-specific and traditional terms currently in use.

Macmillan Dictionary of Toxicology [CREDO Reference], Macmillan Reference Ltd., 2000.

Coverage includes biochemical and environmental toxicology, chemical carcinogenesis, risk assessment and risk management as well as those aspects of analytical chemistry and molecular biology that are of importance in toxicology. The most important toxic chemicals are covered, in most cases with structures and CAS numbers.

Organic Chemist's Desk Reference  [EBSCO eBook Collection], 2nd ed., Caroline Cooper, CRC Press, 2011.

Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology  [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2006.

Fully revised and updated, this new edition includes definitions of terms from the fields of Bioinformatics, Biophysics, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, Immunology, Mathematics, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Systems Biology, and Toxicology. Each entry is accessibly written, pointing out the pitfalls where terms are often confused and providing recommended nomenclature and alternative names.

Pharmaceutical Medicine Dictionary [CREDO Reference], Churchill Livingstone, 2001.
Contains information that covers the gamut of pharmaceutical medicine from drug discovery, development, trials, regulatory approval and marketing.


'An A-Z of Medicinal Drugs'

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Print Reference Sources   back to top

The Cassell Dictionary of Chemistry, Cassell, 1998.

Main Level, Reference: R 540.3 H247C


Macmillan Encyclopedia of Chemistry, Macmillan Reference USA, c1997.

Main Level, Reference: R 540.3 M228M [4 vols]


CRC Handbook of Basic Tables for Chemical Analysis, CRC Press, c1989.
Main Level, Reference: R 543.00212 B836C


CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics: A Ready-reference Book of Chemical and Physical Data, CRC Press, c2000.

Main Level, Reference: R 540.212 C1C


Dictionary of Organic Compounds, Chapman and Hall, 1986.

Main Level, Reference: R 547.003 D561D [5 vols/2 index vols/4 suppl]

Entries are arranged alphabetically by compound names and give formulas, references, molecular weights, and CAS numbers.


Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis, Wiley, c1995.
Main Level, Reference: R 547.2 En19E [8 vols]


Handbook of Instrumental Techniques for Analytical Chemistry, Prentice Hall PTR, 1997.

Upper Level:  543.07 H191H

Handbook of Reagents for Organic Synthesis, Wiley, 1999.
Main Level, Reference: R 547.2 H191H [4 vols]

Handbook of Data on Common Organic Compounds, CRC Press, c1995.

Main Level, Reference: R 547.00212 H191H [3 vols]


Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Wiley, c2002.

Main Level, Reference: R 540.3 H316H


Lange's Handbook of Chemistry, McGraw Hill, 1999.
Main Level, Reference: R 540.212 D345L

Reagents for Organic Synthesis, [Fieser], Wiley, 1967-c1986.
Main Level, Reference: R 547.301 F464R [24 vols]

Biography   back to top

Cambridge Dictionary of Scientists [CREDO Reference], Cambridge University Press, 2003.


Chemical Achievers: The Human Face of Chemical Sciences, Chemical Heritage Foundation, c1997.

Main Level, Reference: R 540.922 B672C

Dictionary of Scientific Biography, Scribner, 1970-1980.

Main Level, Reference: R 509.22 D561D [16 vols/ suppl]


Nobel Laureates in Chemistry, 1901-1992, ACS, Chemical Heritage Foundation, 1993.

Main Level, Reference: R 540.922 N664N

The Cambridge Dictionary of Scientists

All Nobel Prizes in Chemistry [Nobelprize.org]

Biographical information on laureates, video, interviews, Nobel lectures, and more.


Style Guides   back to top

The ACS Style Guide, 3rd edition, ACS, 2006.

Main Level, Reference Desk: Ready Reference Shelf 808.06654  A1A

ACS Style Guide [Williams College Libraries]

A quick online guide based on the ACS Style Guide, 3rd edition, giving basic citation information for books, articles, online sources, and more.

New Oxford Dictionary for Scientific Writers & Editors  [Oxford Reference Online], Market House Books, 2009.

Writing Center, Presbyterian College
Citation styles, writing guides, and scheduling an appointment with a tutor.

Locating Books  
THOMCAT   back to top

Use the online catalog to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name:              

Pauling, Linus Carl [as AUTHOR]

  Pauling, Linus Carl [as SUBJECT]  
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to chemistry found in THOMCAT:

Chemical Reactions

  Chemistry, Inorganic  

Chemistry, Organic

  Chemistry, Physical and theoretical  
  Organic Compounds--Synthesis
28 titles
  Organic Compounds--Synthesis--Handbooks, manuals
01 title

Oxidation Physiological     *THOMCAT catalog*

4 titles
  Oxidation Physiological    *PASCAL statewide catalog*
42 titles
  Chromatography see Chromatographic Analysis  
  Pharmaceutical chemistry  

Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also:

  • Try a KEYWORD search if you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use. Type two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find into search box. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips


· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
Plunkett AND teflon
formaldehyde AND bakelite

· Use OR between words to expand your search and
group words with parentheses:
(rhodium OR Rh) AND cataly*

· Add * to the root of a word to truncate or
expand a term:
cataly* = catalyst, catalysts, catalysis, catalytic

Try KEYWORD searching with THOMCAT, other library catalogs below & library databases


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PASCAL Catalog
If you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, try your search here for books in other academic libraries in SC. You order books online in this catalog for delivery within 3-4 working days through PASCAL Delivers. This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.


eBooks   back to top

EBSCO eBook Collection

Approximatley 8,000 electronic books covering a vast array of topics and themes.

Springer eBooks

Offers accurate reproductions of high quality Springer print book publications, together with all the added benefits of an online environment, including exceptional search capabilities and bookmarks. Browse the Chemistry and Material Science collection, then search book content for pertinent chapters. PC has access to books with green box only.  


WorldCat & ILL  

A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in PASCAL Catalog.


Interlibrary Loan
ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Click ILL link above for instructions.

Locating Articles    
Article Databases back to top

The following journal databases are available to PC students, faculty, and staff from on- and off-campus locations.  Search using terms dealing with your topic.

Academic Search Complete [EBSCO] 
Scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.

ACS Publications

A comprehensive collection of high-quality information products and services that advance the practice of chemical and related sciences. Currently, over 30 peer-reviewed journals and magazines are published or co-published by the Publications Division of ACS. With the introduction of the ACS Journal Archive in 2002, searchable access to 3 million pages of original chemistry dates back to 1879.


Search or browse the archive of this weekly international journal publishing peer-reviewed research in all fields of science and technology.

Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences of the United States [PNAS]
Online index of PNAS issues with full-text articles available online for 1915 to the present. Journal also indexed in MEDLINE, JSTOR, BIOSIS, PubMed. Includes articles in applied physical sciences and chemistry.

PubChem [National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine]

“Contains the chemical structures of small organic molecules and information on their biological activities. Includes substance information, compound structures, and bioactivity data in three primary databases--PCSubstance, PCCompound, and PCBioAssay, respectively. PubChem is integrated with Entrez, NCBI's primary search engine, and also provides compound neighboring, sub/superstructure, similarity structure, bioactivity data, and other searching features.” Description from THOMCAT

Science Direct [Elsevier]
Full-text of many scholarly scientific, technical and medical journals in chemical engineering, chemistry, environmental science, materials science, medicine, pharmacology, toxicology, pharmaceutics, as well as life sciences, math, physics, and the social sciences.

TOXLINE® [National Library of Medicine, TOXNET]

Contains references to the world's toxicology literature.

Journal Finder   back to top

Journal Finder provides access to PC's electronic and print journals,

magazines, and newspapers in one convenient location.

Browse Journal Finder by title or subject.

When browsing or searching, you can read articles from any journal that is available in the Full-text resources online group of results. Choose a database in this group based on the dates available and the time frame in which you are interested.

Web Sites  

General Sites

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The Chemistry Hypermedia Project [Virginia Tech]
This project is exploring new ways to apply computer and network technology to help students learn chemistry, and to help educators teach chemistry by providing supplemental educational resources online and developing prototype programs for creating interactive Chemistry exercises.

Common Chemistry [Chemical Abstracts Service]

A web resource that contains CAS Registry Numbers for approximately 7,800 chemicals of widespread general public interest. Common Chemistry is helpful to non-chemists who know either a name or CAS Registry Number® of a common chemical and want to pair both pieces of information. While not a comprehensive CAS Registry Number lookup service, this site does provide a way to quickly and easily find names or CAS Registry Numbers for chemicals of general interest.

Dmoz Open Directory Project



A human-edited web directory of Chemistry sites.

Environmental Working Group [non-profit organization]

EWG's mission is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. EWG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1993 by Ken Cook and Richard Wiles. Link to info on Health/Toxics, Farming, Natural Resources, Energy Choices, a Chemical Index and Health Tips. 1/10

Linus Pauling Online [Oregon State University Library]
Watson and Crick's work rested on the earlier insights of Linus Pauling, the American chemist who described the three-dimensional structure of proteins and nucleic acids. Pauling's work was recognized by the Nobel committees twice: for chemistry and for peace. He remains the only scientist so honored. An admirable compendium of Pauling's immense contributions to the understanding of the molecules that shape our world, and of the issues in the scientific, biomedical, and political spheres that fascinated him over a long, productive life.  This is a huge, absorbing, and utterly involving site, suitable for use by students, teachers, and professionals alike. There is the story of the discovery of the DNA structure, for example, told from Pauling's perspective--much different from that of James Watson! Most exciting, perhaps, is the searchable database of Pauling's research notebooks. These are treasure troves of information that illuminate the drudgery, as well as the successes, of scientific work. description from CHOICE Reviews Online 1/2010

NIST Chemistry WebBook [National Institute of Standards and Technology]
Physical data (thermochemical, thermophysical, and ion energetics) for mostly organic compounds. Search by formula, structure, CAS number, and IUPAC name.

Organic Chemistry Portal  [Organic-chemistry.org]
An overview of recent topics, interesting reactions, and information on the most important chemicals. Includes abstracts of articles on organic synthesis, a searchable index of over 1 million chemicals from suppliers worldwide, and more.

The Periodic Table of Videos [Martyn Poliakoff, University of Nottingham, UK]

Launched in July 2008, this site has a fascinating collection of video clips covering the 118 elements in the periodic table. After an introduction by Poliakoff in his office, where he describes the element, its properties, and usage, live demonstrations are given by other chemists in the laboratory. This site offers an entertaining and unique learning opportunity for students to get familiar with real-life chemistry in an online format and will stimulate interest in chemistry among all students.




News Sites   back to top


ACS Press Room [ACS Website]

Includes News Releases from the American Chemical Society and the weekly ACS PressPac with reports on resesarch on the latest advances in science with archives for both.


Chemical & Engineering News Online--a weekly magazine published by the American Chemical Society. C&EN editors and reporters based in Europe, the U.S., and Asia cover science and technology, business and industry, government and policy, education, and employment aspects of the chemistry field. Features include the latest news, supplementary material to C&EN print articles, back issues of the magazine since 1998, and special features such as Reel Science, NanoFocus, RSS feeds, and blogs.

EurekAlert! Chemistry & Physics [AAAS]

An online, global news service providing a central place through which universities, medical centers, journals, government agencies, corporations and other organizations engaged in research can bring their news to the media. EurekAlert! features news and resources focused on all areas of science, medicine and technology. Link above connects to your subject area. Select a specific Chemistry area by using the 2nd pull down box on that page.

ScienceDaily Chemistry News

One of the Internet's leading online magazines and Web portals devoted to science, technology, and medicine. News items are selected from news releases submitted by leading universities and other research organizations around the world. Each news release is posted in its original form, with a link to the organization's home page, to aid journalists and others interested in finding up-to-date and relevant background information for a particular story. Follow the link to the Chemistry New section of the site.

Access Science [McGraw Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology Online]

News TAB leads to This Week's News on all sciences.


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