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Chemistry

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Chemistry Databases

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Publication coverage: 1907 - present.
Print holdings: 1907 - 1999 (v. 1 - v. 131) in Stauffer Library storage.
Publication coverage: 1779 - present
Publication coverage: 1772 - present
Publication coverage: 1947 - present
Publication coverage: Science Citation Index: 1900 - present ; Social Sciences Citation Index: 1956 - present ; Arts and Humanities: 1975 - present

Patents

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Publication coverage: 1836 - present
Canadian patent records, 1869 to present; full-text documents, 1920 to present.
U.S. patents, 1790 to present and published applications, 2001 to present. Patents prior to 1976 can be retrieved by number, date and classification. TIFF viewer required to view/print patent documents.
International patent applications, 1978 to present.
AU, EP, US and WO patent documents, 1970s to present.
See also the Patent Guide.

Core Chemistry Resources

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Periodic Tables

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American Chemical Society
Chemical Education Digital Library
Ptable.com, 1997-2009
University of Nottingham, UK
Award-winning website featuring video clips about each element in the periodic table.
A stunning visual periodic table with 1,400 pictures of the elements. Also contains data for more than 80 properties.
Royal Society of Chemistry

Physical Constants

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Properties

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The Sigma-Aldrich Catalogue covers more than 40,000 chemical products and is particularly useful as a starting point because entries include molecular and structural formulas, basic physical data, MSDS data and cross-references to Beilstein, Merck, and Feiser's Reagents for Organic Synthesis.
This data collection gives names, synonyms, structures, line and molecular formulae, physical constants, spectral data (IR, Raman, NMR, UV, Mass), CAS RNs and Beilstein references.
A nine-volume set with supplements providing data, derived from the primary literature, on organic compounds, including physical data, structure, CAS Registry Number, and references to preparation literature (designated "synth"), etc. Indexes provide access by name/synonym, molecular formula, heteroatom, and CAS Registry Number.
Sections arranged by metal element, and subarranged by molecular formula in Hill order. Entries give CA index name and synonyms, structure diagram, registry number, molecular weight, physical and toxicity data where available, and literature references.
Locate information about substances and related properties in the Landolt-Bornstein series of handbooks.
National Institute of Standards & Technology (USA)
The physical properties source index lists recommended databases, handbooks, and websites (data, definition, measurement) for physico-chemical and other material properties.
Syracuse Research Corporation
PHYSPROP contains chemical formulas, names and up to eight physical properties for about 25,000 chemical substances. Search by CAS number only. (This is a demonstration database.) Some values are estimated rather than experimental.
Publication coverage: 1700s - present
Reaxys contains property data and reaction information for millions of organic and inorganic compounds. The data is sourced from the Beilstein and Gmelin databases, which include references from the late 1700s forward, and the patent literature.
Publication coverage: 1907 - present.
Print holdings: 1907 - 1999 (v. 1 - v. 131) in Stauffer Library storage.
Scifinder contains calculated and experimental property data (with references) for approximately 46 million organic and inorganic chemicals.
National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS)
Contains chemical and physical data; health, safety and environmental data; and supplier listings for several hundred common solvents.

Spectra

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National Institute of Standards and Technology (US) inorganics organics (few inorganics) Infrared Mass UV/Vis
Max Planck Institute of Chemical Ecology (Germany) organics NMR
Open source database of NMR spectra for approximately 25,000 compounds.
Publication coverage: 1700s - present
Spectra Online is a search engine for locating spectra in dozens of public databases and other sources.
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (Japan) organics Infrared Mass NMR Raman
Contains data for about 33,000 compounds.
Publication coverage: 1907 - present.
Print holdings: 1907 - 1999 (v. 1 - v. 131) in Stauffer Library storage.
Scifinder contains mass, IR, NMR and predicted proton NMR spectra.
For more information, see the Spectral and Spectroscopy Guide.

Chemistry Search Engines

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Search chemical information on the web by substance name, structure and properties.
Beta search engine for searching chemistry data and properties in published articles and websites.
Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS)
Common Chemistry is a CAS Registry Number lookup service. Users may search by chemical name or registry number to find general information on approximately 7,800 compounds of interest to the public.
Search suppliers and information for more than 10 million chemical substances.
Provides information on the biological activities of small molecules. It includes substance information, compound structures, and BioActivity data in three primary databases, Pcsubstance, Pccompound, and PCBioAssay, respectively.

Lab Safety

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Publication coverage: 1981 to present
The scientific and trade literature are scanned for information on safety and health hazards surrounding chemicals encountered in the chemical and related industries. Coverage includes:
  • health and safety
  • chemical and biological hazards
  • disposal, storage and transportation
  • industrial hazards
  • waste management
  • plant safety and best practice
  • legislation
  • emergency planning
  • protective equipment
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Information on chemical and lab safety, emergency procedures and training.
Covers 12,000 chemicals and 9,500 chemical incompatibilities.
Contains information on 5,300 chemicals and their impact on the environment.
Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
Collection of 300+ profiles of toxic substances and their effects on human health and the environment.
Journal of Chemical Education
CLIPs are designed to help chemistry instructors and students understand the hazards of common lab chemicals and materials.

Books, E-Books & Theses

Search QCAT for books, theses, reports and other materials in Queen's University Libraries:

Browsing the Stacks
Chemistry books are shelved under the following call number ranges.

Worldcat
Search books, theses and other materials held in 10,000 libraries worldwide.

Dissertations and Theses
Search theses and dissertations from 1865 forward.

E-Books

Knovel Collection
Locate chemical property and toxicity data and safety information in hundreds of science and engineering handbooks.

Springer E-Book Collection, 2005-2008
Search or browse hundreds of books in chemistry, physics and other sciences. Major series in chemistry and materials science include:

Review Series

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Comprehensive Heterocyclic Chemistry: the Structure, Reactions, Synthesis, and Uses of Heterocyclic Compounds
Ref QD400 .C65
Comprehensive Heterocyclic Chemistry II
Ref QD400 .C65 1996
Comprehensive Organometallic Chemistry : the Synthesis, Reactions, and Structures of Organometallic Compounds
Ref QD411 .C65 1982
Comprehensive Organometallic Chemistry II : a Review of the Literature, 1982-1994
Ref QD411 .C652 1995

Dictionaries, Encyclopedias & Handbooks

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Dictionary of Organometallic Compounds, 2nd ed., vols. 1-5
Ref QD411 .D53 1995 Infrared Mass NMR Raman UV/Vis
Older editions in stacks at call number QD65 .L365
Ref QD5 .D53 2000 (4th ed.)
Older editions available in print. See call # Ref RS51 .M4 2001

Analytical Chemistry

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International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, 1997
Collection of definitions and concepts related to analytical chemistry.
Supplements are available on the ACS Publications Reagent Chemicals website.
Excellent recent reference for analytical chemistry. Its articles cover techniques (like atomic absorption spectroscopy), analytes (like antimony, asbestos, carbohydrates), matrices (like blood, ceramics) and classes of analysis (like bioprocess analysis, forensic science).
Volumes 1-3 are devoted to general techniques common to many industrial products. Volumes 4-19 cover analysis of specific materials. Volume 20 is the index to Volumes 4-19. Somewhat dated but still very useful.
An excellent, highly detailed work on all types of NMR spectroscopy. Check the index for a specific type of NMR you may be interested in, or for specific types of substances.
Guide to analytical methods and techniques and the instruments involved including mass measurement, spectrochemical and electrochemical instrumentation, and chromatographic methods.

Crystallography

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Access restricted to the Queen's community (1 user limit)
International Zeolite Association
Publication coverage: 1772 - present
2006, International Union of Crystallography
Structure Reports
Ref QD901 .S8, 1913-1993

Organic Chemistry

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Polymer Chemistry

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International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
Ref QD380.6 .M47 1991t
Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Technology, 3rd ed.
Ref TP1110 E53 2003
Smithers Rapra, 2006
Polymeric Materials Encyclopedia
TP1110 .P65 1996, vols. 1-12

Polymer Data Sources

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Data sheets for 69,000 metals, plastics, ceramics and composites.
Login ID/password = pdh_user/bigchain.
Ref QD388 P65 1999
Polymer Solution Data Collection
Ref QD381.9 S65 H36 1992
Standard Pressure-Volume-Temperature Data for Polymers
Ref QD381.9 .T54 Z65 1995

Synthetic Chemistry

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Datababase of reaction synthesis procedures containing data from SyntheticPages and journals published by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Contains 40,000 compounds and more than 45,000 synthesis references and includes limited physical property data.
Comprehensive encyclopedia on synthetic organic chemistry.
A database of approximately 70,000 reactions and 4,000 of the most frequently consulted reagents.
Publication coverage: 1921 - present
Print holdings: QD262 .O6, vol. 1-87
Publication coverage: 2000 - present
An alerting service covering the most important current developments in organic synthesis.
Ref. QD262 .F5, vol. 1-23
Previous titles for this series include Reagents for Organic Synthesis (vol. 1-7), Fieser and Fieser's Reagents for Organic Synthesis (vol. 8-17).
Inorganic Syntheses
QD151.A1 I5, vol. 1-34
Series published since 1939.
QD251 .O68, vol. 1-76
Annual review series published since 1942. See the Organic Reactions Wiki for new chapters under development.
ChemPen Software
Annotated list of classic organic reactions compiled by makers of ChemPen, a chemical structure drawing tool.

Chemistry Software

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Chemistry Foundation Accelrys, Inc.
Accelrys Draw is free for personal and academic use.
Publication coverage: 1779 - present

Index to worldwide literature on organic chemistry.

2010 Update: The CrossFire Commander desktop software has been replaced with Reaxys.

iChemLabs
Commercial structure drawing software that supports 16 popular chemical file types.
ACD/Labs
Free version for educational and personal use only.
University of Liverpool
Interactive 3D chemistry animations and structures.
ChemAxon
Free version for educational use only.
Publication coverage: 1907 - present.
Print holdings: 1907 - 1999 (v. 1 - v. 131) in Stauffer Library storage.
SciFinder® provides access to more than 100 years of chemistry and related science information through the combined coverage of Chemical Abstracts and MEDLINE.

SciFinder® is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week with the following exceptions:

  • Saturday 10:00pm to Sunday 1:00am
  • On the first Saturday of each month, 5:00pm to Sunday 01:00am

Note: All times listed are Eastern Time (U.S. and Canada).

University of Manitoba
Free software for analyzing and displaying NMR spectra.
Free version for educational and personal use only.

Standard Methods

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Search by keyword or document number, or browse by topic, e.g. Analytical Chemistry, Spectroscopy, etc.
Official Methods of Analysis, 18th ed.
Ref S587 .O38, no. 18, 2005
Published by the Association of Official Analytical Chemists International.
Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater
Ref QD142 .A5, no. 21, 2005

Citation Style Guides & Software

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See How to Import/Export to RefWorks for instructions on how to import data from various databases.
The ACS Style Guide, 3rd ed.
Ref. QD8.5 .A25 2006
See Section 8 for information on cited references.
An open source Firefox extension that helps you collect, manage and cite your research sources.