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General Chemistry

Chemistry: foundations and applications. J. J. Lagowski, editor in chief. New York, Macmillan Reference USA, c2004. 4 v.
   QD4.C48 2004 <SciRR>

CRC handbook of chemistry and physics. 58th ed., c1977- . Cleveland, OH, CRC Press. Annual.
   QD65.H3 <SciRR Desk>

A Dictionary of chemistry. Edited by John Daintith. 6th ed. New York, Oxford University Press, 2008. 584 p.
   QD5.D4985 2008 <SciRR Dict>

Enghag, Per. Encyclopedia of the elements: technical data, history, processing, applications. Weinheim, Wiley-VCH, c2004. 1243 p.
   QD466.E56 2004 <SciRR>

Hawley’s condensed chemical dictionary. Revised by Richard J. Lewis, Sr. 15th ed. Hoboken, NJ, Wiley, c2007.
1379 p.
   QD5.C5 2007 <SciRR Desk>

Krebs, Robert E. The history and use of our earth’s chemical elements: a reference guide. 2nd ed. Westport, CT, Greenwood Press, c2006. 422 p.
   QD466.K69 2006 <SciRR>

Lange’s handbook of chemistry. 11th ed., c1973- . New York, McGraw-Hill. Irregular.
   TP151.H25 <SciRR Desk>

Macmillan encyclopedia of chemistry. Joseph J. Lagowski, editor in chief. New York, Macmillan Reference USA, c1997. 4 v. (1696 p.)
   QD4.M33 1997 <SciRR>

The Merck index: an encyclopedia of chemicals, drugs, and biologicals. Maryadele J. O’Neil, editor, and others. 14th ed. Whitehouse Station, NJ, Merck, 2006. 1 v. (various pagings)
   RS51.M4 2006 <SciRR Desk>

Van Nostrand’s encyclopedia of chemistry. Edited by Glenn D. Considine. 5th ed. Hoboken, NJ, Wiley-Interscience, c2005. 1831 p.
   QD4.V36 2005 <SciRR>


Analytical Chemistry

American Chemical Society. Reagent chemicals: specifications and procedures: American Chemical Society specifications, official from January 1, 2006. ACS Committee on Analytical Reagents. 10th ed. Washington, American Chemical Society; New York, Oxford University Press, 2006. 806 p.
   QD77.A54 2006 <SciRR>

Bruno, Thomas J., and Paris D. N. Svoronos. Handbook of basic tables for chemical analysis. 3rd ed. Boca Raton, FL, Taylor & Francis, c2011. 869 p.
   QD78.B78 2011 <SciRR>

Encyclopedia of analytical science. Editors, Paul Worsfold, Alan Townshend, Colin Poole. 2nd ed. Amsterdam, Boston, Elsevier Academic Press, c2005. 10 v.
   QD71.5.E53 2005 <SciRR>

Ewing’s analytical instrumentation handbook. Edited by Jack Cazes. 3rd ed. New York, Marcel Dekker, c2005. 1037 p.
   QD79.I5A49 2005 <SciRR>

Food chemicals codex. 6th ed. Rockville, MD, United States Pharmacopeial Convention, c2008. 1213 p.
   TP455.F66 2008/2009 <SciRR>

Handbook of food analytical chemistry. Edited By Ronald E. Wrolstad and others. Hoboken, NJ, J. Wiley, c2005. 2 v.
   TX545.H34 2005 <SciRR>

International cosmetic ingredient dictionary and handbook. 12th ed. Washington, Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association, c2007. 4 v. (5282 p.)
   TP983.A55I58 ed. 12 2008 <SciRR>

Official methods of analysis of AOAC International. 16th ed., 1995- . Arlington, VA, AOAC International. Quinquennial, with annual supplements.
   S587.O38 <SciRR>

Patnaik, Pradyot. Dean’s analytical chemistry handbook. 2nd ed. New York, McGraw-Hill, c2004. 1 v. (various pagings)
   QD78.P37 2004 <SciRR>

Standard methods for the examination of water and wastewater: including bottom sediments and sludges. 11th ed., c1960- . Prepared and published jointly by American Public Health Association, American Water Works Association, Water Pollution Control Federation. New York, American Public Health Association. Irregular.
   QD142.A5 <SciRR>



Dictionary of natural products. Executive editor, J. Buckingham. London, New York, Chapman & Hall, 1994-1997. v. 1-7, 10.
   QD415.A25D53 1994 <SciRR>

Encyclopedia of biological chemistry. Editors, William J. Lennarz, M. Daniel Lane. Amsterdam, Boston, Elsevier, 2004. 4 v.
   QD415.A25E53 2003 <SciRR>

Handbook of biochemistry and molecular biology. Edited by Roger L. Lundblad, Fiona M. Macdonald. Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press, c2010. 1080 p.
   QH345.H347 2010 <SciRR>

Khan, I. A. (Ikhlas Ahmad), and Ehab A. Abourashed. Leung’s encyclopedia of common natural ingredients: used in food, drugs, and cosmetics. 3rd ed. Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., c2010. 810 p.
   QD415.A25L48 2010 <SciRR>

Oxford dictionary of biochemistry and molecular biology. R. Cammack, managing editor, and others. Rev. ed. Oxford, New York, Oxford University Press, 2006. 720 p.
   QP512.O94 2006 <SciRR Dict>


Chemical Engineering

Ashford, Robert D. Ashford’s dictionary of industrial chemicals. 2nd ed. London, Wavelength, c2001. 1269 p.
   TP200.A79 2001 <SciRR Dict>

Cardarelli, François. Materials handbook: a concise desktop reference. 2nd ed. London, Springer, c2008. 1340 p.
   TA404.8.C37 2008 <SciRR>

Encyclopedia of chemical processing. Edited by Sunggyu Lee. New York, Taylor & Francis, c2006. 5 v.
   TP9.E657 2006 <SciRR>

Encyclopedia of chemical processing and design. Executive editor, John J. McKetta; associate editor, William A. Cunningham. New York, M. Dekker, c1976-c2002. 69 v.
   TP9.E66 <SciRR>

Kirk-Othmer encyclopedia of chemical technology. Vols. 1-8, executive editor, Jacqueline I. Kroschwitz; v. 9-26, editor, Arza Seidel. 5th ed. Hoboken, NJ, Wiley-Interscience, c2004-c2007. 26 v.
   TP9.K54 2004 <SciRR>

Perry’s chemical engineers’ handbook. Prepared by a staff of specialists under the editorial direction of editor-in-chief, Don W. Green, late editor, Robert H. Perry. 8th ed. New York, McGraw-Hill, c2008. 1 v. (various pagings)
   TP151.P45 2008 <SciRR>

Riegel, Emil Raymond. Kent and Riegel’s handbook of industrial chemistry and biotechnology. Edited by James A. Kent. 11th ed. New York, Springer, c2007. 2 v. (1793 p.)
   TP145.R53 2007 <SciRR>

Speight, J. G. Perry’s standard tables and formulas for chemical engineers. New York, McGraw-Hill, c2003. 653 p.
   QD65.S584 2003 <SciRR>

Ullmann's encyclopedia of industrial chemistry. Editorial advisory board, Matthias Bohnet and others. 6th, completely rev. ed. Weinheim, Wiley-VCH, c2003. 40 v.
   QTP9.U57 2003 <SciRR>


Environmental and Agricultural Chemistry

Ayres, D. C., and Desmond Hellier. Dictionary of environmentally important chemicals. London, New York, Blackie Academic & Professional, 1998. 332 p.
   TD196.C45A97 1998 <SciRR Dict>

Eisler, Ronald. Handbook of chemical risk assessment. Boca Raton, FL, Lewis Publishers, 2000. 3 v. (1903 p.)
   TD196.C45E38 2000 <SciRR>

Encyclopedia of agrochemicals. Jack R. Plimmer, editor-in-chief. New York, Wiley-Interscience, c2003. 3 v. (1638 p.)
   S584.4.E53 2003 <SciRR>

Montgomery, John H. (John Harold). Agrochemicals desk reference. 2nd ed. Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press, c1997. 656 p.
   TD196.A34M66 1997 <SciRR>

Montgomery, John H. (John Harold). Groundwater chemicals desk reference. 4th ed. Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press, c2007. 1701 p.
   TD426.M66 2007 <SciRR>

The Pesticide manual: a world compendium. C. D. S. Tomlin. 15th ed. Alton, Hampshire, British Crop Protection Council, 2009. 1457 p.
    SB951.P434 2009 <SciRR>

Prager, Jan C. Environmental contaminant reference databook. New York, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1995-c1997. 3 v.
   TD196.C45P73 1995 <SciRR>

Sittig’s handbook of pesticides and agricultural chemicals. Edited by Stanley A. Greene and Richard P. Pohanish. Norwich, NY, William Andrew Pub., c2005. 1189 p.
   S633.S6265 2005 <SciRR>

Verschueren, Karel. Handbook of environmental data on organic chemicals. 5th ed. Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons, c2009. 4 v. (4358 p.)
   TD196.O73V47 2009 <SciRR>


Hazardous Chemicals and Toxicology

Bretherick, L. Bretherick’s handbook of reactive chemical hazards. Edited by P. G. Urben and M. J. Pitt. 7th ed. Amsterdam, Boston, Elsevier, 2007. 2 v.
   T55.3.H3B73 2007 <SciRR>

The Dictionary of substances and their effects. Editor, S. Gangolli. 2nd ed. Cambridge, Royal Society of Chemistry, c1999. 7 v.
   RA11930.D53 1999 <SciRR>

Encyclopedia of toxicology. Editor-in-chief, Philip Wexler; associate editors, Bruce D. Anderson and others. 2nd ed. Oxford, Elsevier, c2005. 4 v.
   RA1193.E53 2005 <SciRR>

Lewis, Richard J., Sr. Hazardous chemicals desk reference. 6th ed. Hoboken, NJ, Wiley, c2008. 1953 p.
   T55.3.H3L49 2008 <SciRR>

Lewis, Richard J., Sr. Sax’s dangerous properties of industrial materials. 11th ed. Hoboken, NJ, J. Wiley & Sons, c2004. 3 v.
   T55.3.H3L494 2004 <SciRR Desk>

Patnaik, Pradyot. A comprehensive guide to the hazardous properties of chemical substances. 3rd ed. Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley, c2007. 1059 p.
   RA1211.P38 2007 <SciRR>

Patty’s toxicology. Edited by Eula Bingham, Barbara Cohrssen, Charles H. Powell. 5th ed. New York, Wiley, 2001. 9 v.
   RA1229.P38 2001 <SciRR>

Pohanish, Richard P., and Stanley A. Greene. Wiley guide to chemical incompatibilities. 3rd ed. Hoboken, NJ, Wiley, c2009. 1110 p.
   T55.3.H3P647 2009 <SciRR>

Sittig’s handbook of toxic and hazardous chemicals and carcinogens. Edited by Richard P. Pohanish. 6th ed. Amsterdam, Boston, Elsevier; Waltham, MA, William Andrew, c2012. 2 v. (3040 p.)
   RA1215.S58 2012 <SciRR>


Inorganic Chemistry

Büchel, K. H., Hans-Heinrich Moretto, and Peter Woditsch. Industrial inorganic chemistry. Translated by David R. Terrell. 2nd, completed rev. ed. Weinheim, New York, Wiley-VCH, 2000. 642 p.
   TP200.I5313 2000 <SciRR>

Dictionary of inorganic compounds. Executive editor, J. E. Macintyre. London, New York, Chapman & Hall, 1992. 5 v.
   QD148.D53 1992 <SciRR>
   See also First supplement, Second supplement, Third supplement, Fourth supplement. (QD148.D53 1992 Suppl. <SciRR>)

Encyclopedia of inorganic chemistry. Editor-in-chief, R. Bruce King. 2nd ed. Chichester, Eng., Hoboken, NJ, Wiley, c2005. 10 v.
   QD148.E53 2005 <SciRR>

Patnaik, Pradyot. Handbook of inorganic chemicals. New York, McGraw-Hill, c2003. 1086 p.
   QD155.5.P37 2003 <SciRR>

Perry, Dale L. Handbook of inorganic compounds. 2nd ed. Boca Raton, FL, Taylor & Francis, 2011. 553 p.
   QD155.5.H36 2011 <SciRR>

Sangeeta, D., and John R. LaGraff. Inorganic materials chemistry desk reference. 2nd ed. Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press, c2005. 372 p.
   TP200.S26 2005 <SciRR>


Organic Chemistry

Cooper, Caroline. Organic chemist’s desk reference. 2nd ed. Boca Raton, FL, Taylor & Francis, 2011. 268 p.
   QD257.7.R46 2011 <SciRR>

Dictionary of organic compounds. 6th ed. London, New York, Chapman & Hall, 1996-1998. 11 v.
   QD246.D5 1996 <SciRR>

Encyclopedia of reagents for organic synthesis. Editors, Leo A. Paquette and others. 2nd ed. Hoboken, NJ, Wiley, 2009. 14 v. (11642 p.)
   QD77.E53 2009 <SciRR>

Gokel, George W. Dean’s handbook of organic chemistry. 2nd ed. New York, McGraw-Hill, c2004. 1 v. (various pagings)
   QD251.3.G65 2004 <SciRR>

Handbook of data on common organic compounds. Editors, David R. Lide, G. W. A. Milne. Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press, c1995. 3 v. (2229, 432 p.)
   QD257.7.H35 1995 <SciRR>

Handbook of data on organic compounds. Editors, David R. Lide, G. W. A. Milne. 3rd ed. Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press, c1994. 7 v.
   QD257.7.H36 1994 <SciRR>

Wittcoff, Harold, Bryan G. Reuben, and Jeffrey S. Plotkin. Industrial organic chemicals. 2nd ed. Hoboken, NJ, Wiley-Interscience, c2004. 662 p.
   TP247.W59 2004 <SciRR>


Physical Chemistry

Catalysis from A to Z: a concise encyclopedia. Edited by Boy Cornils and others. Weinheim, New York, Wiley-VCH, 2000. 640 p.
   QD505.C383x 2000 <SciRR Dict>

Encyclopedia of catalysis. István T. Horváth, editor-in-chief. Hoboken, NJ, Wiley-Interscience, c2003. 6 v.
   QD505.E53 2003 <SciRR>

Encyclopedia of spectroscopy and spectrometry. Editor-in-chief, John C. Lindon; editors, George E. Tranter, David W. Koppenaal. 2nd ed. Amsterdam, Boston, Academic Press, 2010. 3 v. (3233 p.)
   QC450.3.E53 2010 <SciRR>

Handbook of spectroscopy. Edited by G. Gauglitz and T. Vo-Dinh. Weinheim, Cambridge, Wiley-VCH, c2003. 2 v. (various pagings)
   QD95.H27 2003

Kaye, G. W. C. (George William Clarkson), and T. H. (Thomas Howell) Laby. Tables of physical and chemical constants. Originally compiled by G. W. C. Kaye and T. H. Laby; now prepared under the direction of an editorial committee. 16th ed. Essex, Eng., New York, Longman, 1995. 611 p.
   QC61.K3 1995 <SciRR>

Perrot, Pierre. A to Z of thermodynamics. Oxford, New York, Oxford University Press, 1998. 329 p.
   QC310.3.P4713 1998 <SciRR Dict>

Ražnjević, Kuzman. Handbook of thermodynamic tables. 2nd edited and rev. ed. New York, Begell House, c1995. 247 p.
   QC311.3.R3913 1995 <SciRR>

Yaws, Carl L. The Yaws handbook of thermodynamic properties for hydrocarbons and chemicals. Houston, TX, Gulf Pub., 2006. 777 p.
   QD305.H5Y39 2006 <SciRR>



Encyclopedia of polymer science and technology. 3rd ed. Hoboken, NJ, Wiley-Interscience, c2003-c2004. 12 v.
   TP1110.E53 2003 <SciRR>

Polymer data handbook. Edited by James E. Mark. 2nd ed. Oxford, New York, Oxford University Press, 2009. 1250 p.
   TA455.P58P675 2009 <SciRR>

Polymer handbook. Editors, J. Brandrup, E. H. Immergut, and E. A. Grulke; associate editors, A. Abe, D. R. Bloch. 4th ed. New York, Wiley, c1999. 2 v. (various pagings)
   QD388.P65 1999 <SciRR>

Polymers: a property database. Edited by Bryan Ellis, Ray Smith. 2nd ed. Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group, 2009. 1106 p.
   QD380.3.P656 2009 <SciRR>


Style Guides

The ACS style guide: effective communication of scientific information. Anne M. Coghill, Lorrin R. Garson, editors. 3rd ed. Washington, American Chemical Society; Oxford, New York, Oxford University Press, 2006. 430 p.
   QD8.5.A25 2006 <SciRR Desk>

The Manual of scientific style: a guide for authors, editors, and researchers. Edited by Harold Rabinowitz and Suzanne Vogel. Amsterdam, Burlington, MA, Elsevier/Academic Press, c2009. 968 p.
   T11.M3385 2009 <SciRR>

Scientific style and format: the CSE manual for authors, editors, and publishers. Style Manual Committee, Council of Science Editors. 7th ed. Reston, VA, Council of Science Editors in cooperation with the Rockefeller University Press, 2006. 658 p.
   T11.S386 2006 <SciRR>


Selected Online Chemistry Resource Guides

Arizona State University Libraries
   Index to Physical, Chemical and Other Property Data

Caltech Library
   Chemistry LibGuide

Chemical Information Sources/SIRCh: Selected Internet Resources for Chemistry

Duke University Libraries
   Chemical and Physical Properties: Index of Property Names

Duke University Libraries
   Chemistry and Reference Web Sites

University at Buffalo Libraries, The State University of New York
   Chemistry: Internet Resources

University at Buffalo Libraries, The State University of New York
   Chemistry: Resources by Subject

University at Buffalo Libraries, The State University of New York
   Properties Data for Chemicals & Materials

University at Buffalo Libraries, The State University of New York
   Spectra & Spectral Data

University of California Santa Barbara Library
   Subject & Course Guides: Chemistry & Biochemistry

Science and Engineering Library, University Libraries, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
   Index of Chemical Properties

University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas at Austin
   Chemical Research Pathfinders

Chemistry Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries
   Physical & Chemical Properties

Sarah Shannon Stevenson Science and Engineering Library, Jean & Alexander Heard Library, Vanderbilt University
   Finding Physical and Chemical Properties

Science Libraries, Yale University Library
   Chemistry Resources

Compiled by Denise P. Dempsey
February 2012

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