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Selected Resources for: Chemistry (Display only the highlighted/core resources).

Subject Description: This subject covers: the "science that deals with the properties, composition, and structure of substances(defined as elements and compounds), the transformations that they undergo, and the energy that is released or absorbed during these processes."(from Britannica Online)

Abstracts & Indexes

    Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

  Academic Search Premier
The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Provides full text for nearly 4,560 serials, including full text for more than 3,600 peer-reviewed titles. Coverage spans virtually every area of academic study and offers information dating as far back as 1975.
  Expanded Academic Index
From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines. Access scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers - many with full text and images. InfoTrac database.
  Science Reference Center
Science Reference Center is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full text science-oriented content. This database contains full text for nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, etc. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.



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General Reference Sources

    Biographical Sources

  American Men and Women of Science
Provides brief factual information on living scientists in biology, physical sciences, public health, mathematics, statistics, and computer science.
Location: R920 A5412 Willmar Reference
  Biographical Dictionary of Scientists
2-volume work focusing on contemporary scientists.
Location: R509.2 B61 Willmar Reference
  Dictionary of Scientists
An electronic book accessible through the web. Must create an EBSCO account to access off-campus.
  Random House Webster's Dictionary of Scientists
Location: R920 H97R Hutchinson Reference


  Dictionary of Chemical Names
Location: R540.3 F63D Willmar Reference
  Dictionary of Chemistry
Location: R540.3 H93D Hutchinson & Willmar Reference
  McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Chemistry
Location: R540 M14 Hutchinson Reference
  McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
Contains definitions, synonyms, acronyms and abbreviations for over 105,000 scientific terms. Also provides some illustrations, and photographs.
Location: R503 M147 Hutchinson & Willmar Reference


Online encyclopedia of science and technology. Articles with references and links for further study. A good starting place for science research.
  Kirk-Othmer Concise Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology
Abridged version of the multi-volume work of the same title. One of the most comprehensive and well-known encyclopedias in the field of chemical technology; it also contains a great deal of basic chemistry.
Location: R660 K59 Willmar Reference
  McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology
Provides authoritative coverage for all disciplines in science and engineering with new or revised entries based on advances in knowledge and new technological achievements.
Location: R503 M14 Hutchinson & Willmar Reference
  Van Nostrand Reinhold Encyclopedia of Chemistry
Includes topics from fields related to chemistry, such as materials science, energy sources and conversion, biochemistry and biotechnology, wastes and pollution.
Location: R540 V27 Willmar Reference
  Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia
A comprehensive work providing both introductory and technical coverage in the areas of science, engineering, mathematics, medicine and more. Available in print and electronic format.
Location: R503 V269 Hutchinson & Willmar Reference
  WebElements: Periodic Table on the Web
WebElements uses the structure of the periodic table as an index to encyclopedic information about chemical elements.

    Handbooks and Manuals

  CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
Annually published reference source for chemical & physical property data, nomenclature, structure, & composition of substances. Includes physical constants of organic & inorganic compounds, conversion factors, & much more.
Location: R541.9 H23 Willmar Reference R540 C91 Hutchinson Reference
  NIST Chemistry WebBook
This site provides thermochemical, thermophysical, and ion energetics data compiled by NIST under the Standard Reference Data Program.

Internet Resources

    Gateways & Megasites

  ChemInfo: Chemical Information Sources
A Web directory of selected chemistry resources, primarily resource guides, databases, and instructional materials.
Now the largest online chemical community in the world. is a unique resource which combines a huge range of information for those in research chemistry, the chemicals industries and related disciplines. Includes current and archived full-text preprints. Membership is free. for Science
A gateway to authoritative, selected science information provided by U.S. Government agencies.
Developed by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Scientific and Technical Information, this "Global Science Gateway" allows one to search across 28 scientific databases from 18 countries. An international collaboration, the site provides access to published research findings in energy, medicine, agriculture, environment, and the basic sciences.

    Official Agency and Organization Web Sites

  ACS - American Chemical Society is the ACS' home page which contains all manner of information about the society, chemistry news and information for members, students, and teachers.
  American Association for the Advancement of Science
The American Association for the Advancement of Science, "Triple A-S"(AAAS), is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. The AAAS publishes the journal Science, as well as many scientific newsletters, books and reports.
  National Science Foundation

WWW Resources

    Web Sites

News stories for the current week from the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science). Access to full-text stories may require that you register online (free).

Library Information

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