UNB Libraries' Guide to Chemistry

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Key Resources

  • Chemical Abstracts (SciFinder Web)
    Produced by the American Chemical Society, this is considered to be the most current and comprehensive information source for literature in chemistry and related sciences such as: proteomics, genomics, biochemistry, biochemical genetics, engineering and physics.

    Unlimited simultaneous users

  • SciFinder Web (Chemical Abstracts, CAS React, CAS Registry)
    SciFinder provides access to Chemical Abstracts from 1907 to the present, the CAS Registry and the CAS React databases.

    Unlimited simultaneous users

  • Academic Search Premier
    Academic Search Premier is a multidisciplinary resource that "provides journal coverage for most academic areas of study."

    Unlimited simultaneous users.

Additional Resources

  • Science Direct
    Science Direct offers comprehensive coverage of literature across all fields of science, medicine and technology. All previous ScienceDirect journal collections have been merged into this single collection.

    Unlimited simultaneous users.

  • Scopus
    Scopus, a new multidisciplinary online resource, will be invaluable to students and faculty in various fields of study within the sciences, health sciences and the social sciences. Scopus offers full-text linking, abstracting-and-indexing information and provides access to over 25 million abstracts dating back to 1966.

    Unlimited simultaneous users.

  • SpringerLink
    SpringerLINK service provides access to electronic journals in a variety of subjects, including "life sciences, chemical sciences, geosciences, computer science, mathematics, medicine, physics & astronomy, engineering, environmental sciences, law, and economics."
    [NOTE: pre-1996 Archival content now accessible when available]

    Unlimited simultaneous users.

  • Wiley Online Library
    Wiley Online Library hosts the world's broadest and deepest multidisciplinary collection of online resources covering life, health and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities. It delivers seamless integrated access to over 4 million articles from 1500 journals.

    Unlimited simultaneous users.

  • RTECS (Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances)
    RTECSĀ® contains critical toxicological information with citations to over 150,000 chemical substances from more than 2,500 sources, including: international journals, textbooks,technical reports, scientific proceedings and compendia. CCOHS has also added options to search for 400,000+ chemical names and synonyms plus the 120,000+ unique CAS numbers found in RTECSĀ®.

    Unlimited simultaneous users.


Journal Collections

Reference Sources

Reference sources (dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, guides, and standards) are a great place to start when exploring a topic.  You will find definitions, overviews, facts, and explanations of basic scientific concepts.  The print and electronic resources listed below include some of the available Chemistry sources.  To find additional materials check UNB WorldCat or the Reference Materials database.

Key Resources

  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
    CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics is a ready-reference book of chemical and physical data. The print copy of CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics is the premier source not only of physical properties data but also of mathematical tables, sources of critical data, chemical nomenclature, symbols, and terminology. It has been published since 1913; and is updated and enhanced annually.

    Unlimited simultaneous users.

  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
    see also [HWK-REF QD65 .H3 ]
  • Merck Index
    "The Merck Index is an encyclopedia of chemicals, drugs, and biologicals that contains more than 10,000 monographs. Each monograph in this authoritative reference source is a concise description of a single substance or a small group of closely related compounds." 15th ed.

    Unlimited simultaneous users.

  • Merck Index, 14th ed. [multiple locations ]

    Previous editions of this universally respected reference for chemists, biologists, and pharmacists are cited in Books for College Libraries, 3d ed., Public Library Catalog, and Guide to Reference Books. Each of more than 10,000 entries is devoted to a single substance or small group of related compounds. Coverage includes chemical and brand names, molecular weights and formulas, citations to scientific literature, depictions of structures, physical and toxicity data, details on commercial and therapeutic uses, and U.S. regulatory information. The 14th edition features over 700 new and completely revised monographs. The volume is packaged with a searchable companion CD containing the book contents as well as nearly 1,000 monographs archived from previous editions. A free one-year subscription to CambridgeSoft's Internet Edition is also included with purchase. Annotation #169;2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com) Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

  • Dictionary of chemistry, A
    "A Dictionary of Chemistry covers all the commonly encountered terms in chemistry, including physical chemistry and biochemistry. Clear and concise coverage of laboratory techniques, chemical engineering, and environmental matters, plus entries on such topics as buckminsterfullerene, fullerite, quasicrystal, oscillating reaction, and one-pot synthesis."

    5 simultaneous users.

Additional Resources

  • Credo Reference (formerly Xreferplus)
    "Credo Reference is a completely customizable ready-reference solution for learners and librarians. Its full-text, aggregated content covers every major subject from the world's best publishers of reference."

    Unlimited simultaneous users.

  • Hutchinson Pocket Dictionary of Chemistry, The
  • Van Nostrand's Encyclopedia of Chemistry [multiple locations QD5 .V37 2005]

    A previous edition of this work is cited in Books for College Libraries, 3d ed. and Guide to Reference Books as Van Nostrand Reinhold Encyclopedia of Chemistry, and in Walford under the present title. Encompassing a wide range of topics now pertinent to chemistry, 1,350 entries are new to this edition in the subjects of nanotechnology, fuel cell technology, green chemistry, forensic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, combinatorial chemistry, and materials chemistry. The other entries have been revised and updated, the subject index has been expanded, and more biographies have been added. The editors have requested particular emphasis from their writers on several factors, including advanced processes, strategic raw materials, chemistry of metals, energy sources and conversion, wastes and pollution, analytical instrumentation, growing use of food chemicals, structure of matter, new and improved materials, plant chemistry, and biochemistry and biotechnology. The entries are written with both student and the specialist in mind, and include basic description and history as well as advanced concepts and applications. The entries are signed and include a brief list of additional reading. Some also include lists of web references. Annotation #169;2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com) Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

  • Kirk-Othmer Concise Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology [multiple locations TP9 .K54 2007]
  • MSDS plus CHEMINFO

    Safety measures for handling of chemicals and hazardous substances.

Find Books

To search for books at UNB Libraries (Saint John and Fredericton), use the library's online catalogue, UNB WorldCat.  Books may be requested from the Fredericton libraries through document delivery.  Books and other materials that are not available at UNB Libraries may also be requested for loan from another institution.  Refer to the document delivery page for more details.

Key Resources

  • MyiLibrary
    When browsing an individual MyiLibrary ebook please use the table of contents to the left of the text or the search function to navigate through the book. Rapid clicking through numerous pages of an ebook will block access to the ebook. MyiLibrary includes titles on a wide variety of subjects, including the humanities, science, technology, and medicine. All ebooks are viewed using the MyiLibrary platform. Some ebooks published by Taylor & Francis do not allow full-text searching.

    Unlimited simultaneous users.

  • Springer eBook Collection
    Note: UNB only has online access to material marked with a green, square box to the left of the record.
    The Springer eBook Collection publishes eBooks, eReference Works and eBook Series titles on a wide variety of subjects, including science, technology, medicine and the humanities.

    Unlimited simultaneous users.


To browse the shelves for books in Chemistry try the following call numbers:

QD 1-999       Chemistry

QD71-142 - Analytical chemistry

QD146-197 - Inorganic chemistry

QD241-441 - Organic chemistry

QD450-801 - Physical and theoretical chemistry

QD901-999 - Crystallography

Find Internet Sites

Many useful sites can be found on the Web.  Remember to critically evaluate web resources since anyone can publish on the web.

NIST Chemistry WebBook - provides chemical and physical property data compiled by NIST under the Standard Reference Data Program

CRC Press Interactive Periodic Table

Periodic Table (WebElements)  - includes background information, chemical and physical data

Chemical Institute of Canada 

Science.gov - a gateway to U.S. government science information.

Science and Engineering Journal Abbreviations (from UBC)

Sigma-Aldrich - search for MSDS and products

Citing Your Sources

Here are a few resources to help you cite your sources correctly.

ACS Style Guide - [HWK-REF QD8.5 .A25 2006]

ACS Style Guidelines Quick Guide - from UC Berkeley

ACS Style Guidelines Quick Guide - from UW-Madison Libraries

Plagiarism: a How-NOT-To Guide

RefWorks - a web-based bibliographic database manager that allows you to create a database of references that can be organized, searched and used to create bibliographies in many citation styles.

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