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Articles, Books, the Web, and More

Library databases, including Academic Search Complete, Computers & Applied Sciences Complete, and GreenFile are a major source of high quality information on chemistry and related topics. These include descriptions of of articles published in chemistry research journals and journals in related fields that provide some of the most dependable and up-to-date information available.

The library's collection of books provides reference books, longer works on established practices in the field and on major issues such as science and religion.

The open web is especially useful in chemistry research, especially in providing indexing to chemistry journal articles that the library doesn't own. It can also provide useful and high quality information, although each new website should be examined carefully to verify the authority of the author, the point of view or bias of the sponsor, and the quality of the information.

Reference books and bibliographies provide additional useful information. Check out the "More" tab for links to reliable academic reference resources in print and online. The bibliographies at the end of reference and journal articles are another good source of additional recommended resources on a topic. The "More" tab also has information on using resources from the University of Oklahoma and other libraries.

Many of the sources linked in this guide are purchased by the library for your use. When you click on these links from a computer not connected through the campus network you will need to identify yourself by entering your campus network username and password. This is the same username and password as you use to access BlueLink and Desire2Learn.

Use the tabs above for more detailed instructions.

Questions? Ideas for additional resources?

Contact me:
vswinney@okcu.edu or 405-208-5072

General Search

The most current research reports in chemistry will be found in journal articles. EBSCOhost includes several databases useful for chemistry research. Type a search in the box or click on the links to search them individually and control your searches more.

Choose a Database (EBSCOhost)

Academic Search Complete is a general database that includes many articles related to biology, science, and medicine.

GreenFile is a free database that includes articles on ecology, conservation, and the environment.

Internet Indexes

ACS Journals
The American Chemical Society publishes 38 journals in chemistry and provides a free online index to the article information and abstracts for these journals. (The library subscribes to the Journal of Chemical Education.)

Google Scholar includes information on article titles, authors, journal titles, and often abstracts of most chemistry journal articles.

Get Complete Articles

Most of the library's collection of chemistry journals is online. You will be able to click on PDF (or sometimes HTML) links in the databases and read, save, email, or print complete articles.

However, a few journals that are not available online are available in the library's collection. Any time you find information about an article that doesn't include a link to the full text (even if you found the information somewhere other than a library database), you can use the library's journals list to find out if we have the journal for the date you need. You will need the title of the journal or magazine (often listed as "source" or italicized, or underlined) and the date and page numbers of the article you want.

A complete list of journals related to chemistry can be found in the journals list.

We can request any of the articles we don't own through Interlibrary Loan. Most items arrive in 3 days to 3 weeks. If you can't wait, you may also have the option of purchasing full text access one article at a time directly from the publisher's web site, or you may want to see if the OU library has the titles. (Check out the Web and More tabs above for more information.)

Search for Print and Online Books

Search the Library Catalog using the search box above. The catalog includes all of the books and videos in the library's physical collection and over 1000 online physical sciences titles through Ebrary.

Search Ebrary for online books the library owns.

Browse The National Academies Press for free online versions of reports from the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council. You can browse topics or use the search box to find books by key word.

Search WorldCat to find books in the collections of most of the world's libraries. Use the "borrow this time from another library" link to request a copy of anything you find. Most items arrive in 3 days to 3 weeks.

Browse the Shelves

Browsing the shelves is another good option. Books are arranged by Dewey Decimal numbers:

Dewey Decimal Numbers for Chemistry
540 Chemistry & allied sciences
541 Physical & theoretical chemistry
542 Techniques, equipment, materials
543 Analytical chemistry
546 Inorganic chemistry
547 Organic chemistry
548 Crystallography
549 Mineralogy

Locations for chemistry materials
1st floor Reference
3rd floor Circulating Collection
5th floor Oversize Collection (for items too tall for regular shelves)
basement storage Historic Circulating Materials

Recommended Web Sites

The Wired Chemist includes tutorials, projects, animations and thousands of NMR spectra.

Publisher Web Sites

Many journal publishers include abstracts of current and retrospective articles on their web sites. This can often be the easiest way to browse current content.
American Chemical Society
Elsevier's Science Direct
Royal Society of Chemistry
Taylor and Francis

Journal Title Reference

Many citations in chemistry use abbreviations for journal titles. You will need to full title in order to request interlibrary loan and you may need the standard abbreviation in your own citations. Genamics JournalSeek provides information on journal titles including full titles from abbreviations or abbreviations from full titles.

Reference Books

Internet Sources on Compounds
ChemSpider / Royal Society of Chemistry
PubChem / National Institutes of Health
The Wired Chemist NMR Spectra

Reference Books
Lange's Handbook of Chemistry 16th ed. (R 540 L236d15 2005)
Macmillan Encyclopedia of Chemistry (R 540.3 M228) 1997
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Chemistry. 2nd edition. 2003 (electronic book)
McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Chemistry 2nd ed. (R 540.321 M178p2) 1993
Van Nostrand's Encyclopedia of Chemistry (R 540.321 V269c5 2005)
The Chemical Formulary (R 603 B471c) 34 volumes
Kirk-Othmer Concise Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology 5th ed. (R660.03 K635e5 2007)
CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics 81st ed. (R 660.8 H236 2000)
Perry's Chemical Engineers' Handbook 8th ed. (R 660.8 P463c8 2008)

Journal Title Reference

Many citations in chemistry use abbreviations for journal titles. You will need to full title in order to request interlibrary loan and you may need the standard abbreviation in your own citations. Genamics JournalSeek provides information on journal titles including full titles from abbreviations or abbreviations from full titles.

Items the Library Doesn't Own

The University of Oklahoma has an extensive chemistry collection. Search their online catalog to make sure they have the specific items you need. Anyone can visit and use materials in the library, but if you would like to borrow books, visit the Dulaney-Browne Library first and request an OK-Share card.

If they don't have the items you need, you can request them through interlibrary loan by choosing the "Borrow Items from Another Library" link on the left. Most items arrive in 3 days to 3 weeks.

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