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Research Resources for Chemistry 300 & 400: Chemistry Seminar

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Locating Books in Library Catalogs

At Wittenberg: EZRA -- the online catalog
At other Ohio academic Libraries: OhioLINK
In North America For ILL: WorldCat

Selected Bibliography

General Science Reference Works

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology
Reference QD121 .M3 1997
Available Online
Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia 3 vols
Reference Q121 .V3 2008
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technological Terms
Thomas Library Reference Q123 .M15 2003

General Chemistry Reference Works

Lagowski, Joseph Macmillan Encyclopedia of Chemistry 4vols.
Reference QD4 .M33 1997
Lewis, Richard J. Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary
Reference QD5 .C5 2007
Available Online
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Chemistry
Main Stacks QD5 .M36 2003
CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
Reference QD65 .C88 2014
Dean, John A. Lange's Handbook of Chemistry
Main Stacks QD65 .L36 1999
The Merck Index: An Encyclopedia of Chemicals, Drugs, and Biologicals
Reference Desk RS51 .M4 2006
Howard, Philip H. Dictionary of Chemical Names and Synonyms
Reference TP9 .H65 1992

Subject Specific Works

Handbook of Reagents for Organic Synthesis 7 vols.
Main Stacks QD77 .H37 1999
Pouchert, Charles J. Aldrich Library of FT-IR Spectra 2 vols.
Main Oversize QD96 .I5 P66 1985
Pouchert, Charles J. Aldrich Library of Infrared Spectra
Main Oversize QD96 .I5 P67 1981
Pouchert, Charles J. Aldrich Library of NMR Spectra 2 vols.
Main Oversize QD96 .N8 P68 1983
Patnaik, Pradyot Handbook of Inorganic Chemicals
Reference QD 155.5 .P37 2003
Dictionary of Organic Compounds 5 vols. + Suppl.
Reference QD246 .D5 1982 (5th edition)
Gokel, George W. Dean's Handbook of Organic Chemistry
Reference QD 251.3 .G65 2004
Lide, David Names, Synonyms and Structures of Organic Compounds: A CRC Reference Handbook
3 vols.
Main Stacks QD291 .N36 1995
Daintith, John -- editor. Facts on File Dictionary of Biochemistry
Main Stacks QP512 .F33 2003
Lewis, Richard J., Sr. Hazardous Chemicals Desk Reference
Reference T55.3.H3 L49 1997
Main Stacks T55.3.H3 L49 1997
Ash, Michael Handbook of Green Chemicals
Reference TP155 .A845 1998

Using the Chemical Literature

Currano, Judith and Dana Roth Chemical Information for Chemists: A Primer
Main Stacks QD8.5 .C44 2014
Maizell, Robert E. How to Find Chemical Information: A Guide for Practicing Chemists, Educators, and Students
Available Online

Scientific Writing and Presentations

Peat, Jennifer et al. Scientific Writing: Easy When You Know How (2002)
Available Online
Hager, Peter J. Designing & Delivering Scientific, Technical, and Managerial Presentations (1997)
Main Stacks P95 .H34 1997
Davis, Holly B. et al.A Short Guide to Writing About Chemistry (2010)
Main Stacks QD8.5 .D38 2010
Alley, Michael The Craft of Scientific Writing (1996)
Main Stacks T11 .A37 1996
Davis, Martha Scientific Papers and Presentations (1997)
Main Stacks T11 .D324 1997
A Field Guide for Science Writers : the Official Guide of the National Association of Science Writers (1997)
Main Stacks T11 .F521997

"The Classics"

International Critical Tables of Numerical Data, Physics, Chemistry and Technology
Available Online


Chemical Abstracts -- STNEasy
An easy-to-use online interface to the electronic equivalent of Chemical Abstracts. Database is maintained by the Chemical Abstracting Service. Use of STNEasy is limited to Wittenberg University students and faculty. It can be accessed from 5 pm to 5 am Monday through Thursday, from 5 pm Friday to 6 pm on Saturday, and from 8 am Sunday to 5 am Monday. Please contact a reference librarian or a member of the Chemistry department for a login ID and password.

Web of Science -- Science Citation Index
Index and cited references for articles in the sciences. This database helps you to see more recent work on a topic by allowing you to search for articles that cite an article you already have.

Electronic Journal Center (OhioLINK)
Index to over 1500 full text journals, many in the sciences.

Academic Search Complete
A multi-subject database including science coverage. Some articles are full-text.

BIOSIS Previews (Biological Abstracts)
Indexes journal articles on all topics of biology and medicine. Covers 1980 to present. Some full text available.

Produced by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE covers all aspects of clinical medicine from 1966 to present.

Wittenberg has access to many more science indexes online. Go the Library's list of Indexes & Databases for more information.

Finding Periodicals

Journals the Library Has: Electronic & Print This is a searchable index of the periodicals Wittenberg owns in print and electronically. Location and dates owned are also provided.

Periodicals are where most of the information for your research papers will come. Remember that there are scholarly publications as well as popular publications. You will most likely want to stick to scholarly publications for your research. For hints on how to tell the two apart, please see Scholarly vs. Popular Articles.

If the journal you need isn't owned by or accessable electronically at Wittenberg, you will have to order the article through InterLibrary Loan (ILL). Fill out a blue ILL sheet at the Science Library or in the main library. You can also fill out Inter-Library Loan forms online. While there is no fee, articles usually take 10-14 days to come in so order early!

Selected Web Sites

American Chemical Society - provides access to their journals, job bank, and other Chemistry sites on the Web.

WebElements Periodic Table This Periodic Table online by Mark Winter at the University of Sheffield, England. Find information on the elements by clicking on the table.

Webbook for Chemistry A mini-handbook of Chemistry. Includes tables, weights, formulas, structures and synonyms for substances. This site is produced by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

There are many many web sites devoted to the topic of Chemistry -- some good and some bad. For hints on how to evaluate web sites, please see our Evaluating Web Sites guide. If you choose to include websites, you will need to cite them just as you need to site other sources of information. Take a look at our Citing Electronic Resources page for help. Be sure to cite all the resources that you need for your paper. Here's a link to our quick guide to citations.


If you are having trouble with your research, please contact Alisa Mizikar, the Science Librarian, via email at or call 937-327-7515. You can also contact any of the reference librarians at or at 937-327-7511.

Compiled by Alisa Mizikar

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