Wellesley College Library
Research Resources for Chemistry
These resources are intended as an aid in starting your local research project, or satisfying your curiosity. Please feel free to contact me, or AskUs, for further assistance.
WC = Wellesley College users only.
In addition to books, you will also find videos, journal titles (NOT individual articles), and more. Remember to start with "Keyword" if you are beginning to research a topic.
Use this link to reach selected individual library catalogs or the Union List of Serials of the Boston Library Consortium.
Worldcat (via FirstSearch)WC
Use WorldCat to find books, journal titles (NOT individual articles), videos and more that are not in the Wellesley College Library catalog.
At the National Academy Press website, you can search up to 1,800 full-text books online for specific subject terms, in order to locate relevant chapters or book titles. Coverage includes subjects like chemistry, physical sciences, environmental issues, and more.
Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, 14th edition. Science Reference QD5 .C5 2001.
Dictionary of Environmentally Important Chemicals. Science Reference TD196 .C45 A9 1998. Covers chemistry, environmental health, and toxicology.
Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, revised edition. Science Reference QP512 .O94 2000.
Access Science,WC the online version of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology.
Encyclopedia of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry. Science Reference QD451 .E539 2001. 3 vols. Covers fundamentals, methods and applications, with references for further reading or study.
Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology (Kirk-Othmer). 4th edition. Science Reference TP9 .E685 1991-97. 25 vols.
CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. Science Reference QD65 .H3. Annual compilation of physical constants, properties of common inorganic and organic compounds, and lots more.
Handbook of Property Estimation Methods for Chemists. Science Reference QD271 .H3186 2000.
Inorganic Materials Chemistry Desk Reference. Science Reference q TP151 .P45 1997.
IUPAC-Related Sites provide nomenclature recommendations in organic and biological chemistry.
Polymer Handbook, 4th edition. Science Reference q QD388 .P65 1999.
Thermodex, a database housed at the University of Texas, is an online index of selected thermodynamic handbooks of data. It is searchable by the property or the type of compound.
ACS Directory of Graduate Research. Science Reference q Z5525 .U5 A6 1999.
Continue your search at the websites of specific institutions:
ACS Division of Chemical Education's webpage has resources for undergraduates.
Journal of Chemical Education. Science Current and Classified Periodicals q QD1 .J93.
American Chemical Society Ethical Guidelines. 1996. Contains ethical guidelines for chemists considering publication in a wide variety of places--ACS publications, other scientific literature, and even journals intended for layperson audiences.
On Being a Scientist: Responsible Conduct in Research. 2nd edition, 1995. Available in a printed (Science Library quarto Q180.A1 O5 1995.) or online edition. A highly cited book on ethics in chemistry, published by National Academy Press.
Bebeau, Muriel J. et al. Moral Reasoning in Scientific Research: Cases for Teaching and Assessment. Bloomington, Indiana. Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions. Six short case studies, for students to discuss. Available online.
A Source Book in Chemistry, 1400-1900. Science Reference QD3 .L47.
Source Book in Chemistry, 1900-1950. Science Reference QD3 .L472.
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the foundation's website in Sweden, where you can search for a specific Nobel Laureate, a specific year's awards, or a specific subject award (chemistry, physics, physiology or medicine, literature, peace, or economics). Printed edition of descriptive text and references available for 1901-1989, at Science Reference QD35 .N64 1990.
Women in Chemistry : Their Changing Roles from Alchemical Times to the Mid-Twentieth Century. Science Library QD20 .R39 1998. Published by the American Chemical Society.
Women in Chemistry and Physics, Science Reference QD21 .W62 1993.
Women in the Scientific Search : an American Bio-Bibliography, 1724-1979. Science Reference Z7404 .S57 1985. Terrific source material on women scientists' lives and contributions at colleges like Wellesley.
See also "Biography" in the e-Reference Collection.
ACS Directory of Graduate Research. Science Reference q Z5525 .U5 A6 2001.
Chem Sources U.S.A. Science Reference TP12 .C44. Most current two editions. If you'd like to know whether the chemical you need has been synthesized commercially, check this resource. Arrangement is by common chemical name and by name of chemical company.
ACS Style Guide. Science Reserve QD8.5 .A25 1997.
A Short Guide to Writing about Chemistry. Science Reserve QD9.15 .B43 1996.
SciFinder Scholar [Internet Site]. WC
PubMed a searchable database of citations and abstracts, in all fields of medicine and biomedicine--including biochemistry. Coverage is from mid-1960's onward.
Other databases may be useful for you, depending on your specific topic and approach. AskUs for some customized suggestions.
American Chemical Society (ACS) Journals. Tables of Contents for all ACS primary journals; full-text of 11. Coverage from 1996 onward. (SciFinder Scholar links to the full-text of the eleven locally subscribed ACS journals.)
JSTOR,WC a collection of general science, and other journals, from the beginning, but not the most recent few years. HINT: Read the Search Tips before you use JSTOR's search engine.
PubMed Central, a digital archive of life sciences journal literature, which is managed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Includes section on chemical biology.
Science DirectWC, electronic journal articles from more than 1,000 journals in the physical, life, social, and behavioral sciences, published by Elsevier and affiliated publishers. Coverage is from 1995 onward. (SciFinder Scholar links to many of the Science Direct titles.)
Selected individual full-text e-journals with chemical or biochemical content:
Caution: You will be able to access only the free portions of the following titles, hence the annotations next to each title.
Welcome to the World of Wellesley Chemistry, homepage of the Chemistry Department at Wellesley College. See especially
Classic Chemistry. Visit classical papers in chemistry on the webpage of Carmen Giunta of the Chemistry Department at LeMoyne College.
Occupational Outlook Handbook: Chemists. Staff at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics profile the types of employment opportunities, educational requirements,and the outlook for the profession.
Careers for Chemists : a World Outside the Lab. Science Library QD39.5 .O95 1997.
chemistry.org, a service of the American Chemical Society, has resources for teachers and students.
Resources of Scholarly Societies - Chemistry, from compilers at the University of Waterloo Library include more than 200 societies of interest to chemists.
Links for Chemists, the no-frames version of the Chemistry section of The WWW Virtual Library.
MetaChem, a searchable and browsable compilation of chemistry resources on the Internet.
Chemistry and Science Fiction. Clapp Library PS374.S35 C48 1998. Published by the American Chemical Society.
For help with your research, or to schedule a Library research session for your class, contact Irene Laursen, Library research liaison.
To discuss acquiring particular resources, contact Lisa Brainard, Library collections liaison.
The staff members above work together to support the department's Library needs.
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