Chemistry Resources

Book:  Gold Book of Chemistry

The purpose of this guide is to lead the beginning researcher to the most important and useful sources in the Reference Collection and online for the study of chemistry.  The list of sources is not exhaustive; please consult with a Reference Librarian for additional suggestions. 


Bringing Chemistry to Life:  From Matter to Man.  R.J.P. Williams and J.J.R. Fausto da Silva (2001).  Call no. REF 540 Williams.

Elementary Practical Organic Chemistry, Part 1:  Small Scale Preparations.  Arthur Vogel (1967).  Call no.  REF 547 Vo.  Elementary Practical Organic Chemistry, Part 2:  Qualitative Organic Analysis.  Call no. REF 547 Vo.

Guide to the Elements, Second Edition. 
Albert Stwertka (2002).  Call no. REF 546.8 Stwertka.

The Vocabulary and Concepts of Organic Chemistry, Second Edition.  Milton Orchin, Roger S. Macomber, Allan R. Pinhas, R. Marshall Wilson (2005).  Call no. REF 547.0014 Vocabulary.

The Sigma Library of FT-IR Spectra.  Roger J. Keller (1987).  Call no.  R 543.08 KEL.


English-Spanish, Spanish-English Chemistry Dictionary.   Steven M. Kaplan.  (1998).  Call no. REF 540.3 Kaplan.

Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Fifteenth Edition.  Richard J. Lewis, Sr. (2007).  Call no. REF 540.3 Lewis.

Oxford Dictionary of Chemistry.  John Daintith (2008).  Call no.  REF 540.3 Dictionary.


Chemical Technicians Ready Reference Handook.  Gershon J. Shugar et. al.  (1981).  Call no. REF 542 Che.

Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. 94th Edition Online.

Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, Ninetieth Edition.  David R. Lide, Editor in Chief (2004).  Call no.  REF 541.9 CRC.

Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, Sixty-Fifth Edition.  Robert C. Weast, Ph.D. Editor-in-Chief (1974).  Call no. REF 541.9 Han.

Lange's Handbook of Chemistry, Sixteenth Edition.  James G. Speight.  (2005).  Call no. REF 540.4 Lange.


The Sonoma/Napa and Partners (SNAP) online catalog is the gateway to circulating books on chemistry. Search by keyword, author, title or subject. Subject headings strive to identify topics with consistent terminology. The basic terminology is produced by the Library of Congress. Always look at the subject headings in any catalog, database or index to make sure that you are searching with the most relevant terminology. Once you have the right terms, it's much easier to find the right books. There are many, many subject headings related to Chemistry.  When searching by subject, consider using one or more of the subject headings below:

Chemical bonds
Chemistry, Analytical
Chemistry, Inorganic
Chemistry - Manipulation - Handbooks, Manuals
Chemistry Outlines, Syllabi, etc.
Chemistry Problems, Exercises
Chemistry, Physical and Theoretical

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The following databases may be useful in locating information on chemistry. These reference sources are available online through Solano, Napa and Partners (SNAP) databases and require a library card
or e-card to access them.

Academic Search Complete (Ebsco)
Lexis-Nexis Academic on campus use only
Academic OneFile (Gale)


Chem Matters
JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) 


Biology Project
An online interactive resource brought to you by the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Arizona.

BioMed Central
Biomed Central provides free access to over 200 peer-reviewed journals.

"Developed and maintained at the Institute of Biochemistry at the University of Cologne, BRENDA is a database of enzyme functional data for approximately 3,500 enzymes."

Chemistry Central
A part of BioMed Central, this site provides open access to peer-reviewed resources on chemistry topics.

Chemistry Web Resources:
This site is maintained by Ron Rinehart of Monterey Peninsula College and contains a wealth of material oriented toward chemical education, all well-organized in a visually-attractive way.

Delights of Chemistry: 
Guide by the University of Leeds' Chemistry Department which includes instructions for over forty experiments, a large image library, and animations of common chemical reactions.

General Chemistry Online
This website by a Professor at Frostberg Statee University includes a searchable database of common compounds, notes and guides for a first semester general chemistry class, tutorials, as well as a chemistry exam survival guide.

Infomine is the creation of the University of California, and is an example of an academic subject guide. Like commercial guides, the information on Infomine is organized into categories and subcategories.  You may want to select the  directory "Physical Sciences, Engineering, Computing & Math". From here you may browse the Table of Contents to access links to Web sites and pages concerning Chemistry.

MIT OpenCourseWare - Chemistry:
"The Department of Chemistry at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is one of the nation's top chemistry departments.  It has an illustrious history in sharing the MIT tradition of excellence, and it has provided national leadership in chemical education and research throughout the century." Find access to free MIT Chemistry courses for both undergraduates and graduates.

Periodic Table of the Elements:
A beautiful site designed by Los Alamos National Laboratory's Chemistry Division 

PubChem Project:
A free database of chemical structures of small organic molecules and information on their biological activities.  Includes substance information, compound structures and bioactivity data.

Sigma Aldrich:
A company website which provides a great deal of information including physical properties for tens of thousands of chemicals commonly found in research laboratories.

This site was established to provide chemistry students with a library of spectroscopy problems.  The project is suported by Cambridge Isotope Laboratories and the UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Women in Chemistry:
"Her Lab in Your Life launched in 2004 and appeared at venues around the country.  This online exhibit celebrates the important contributions women have made to the field of chemistry. While suitable for a broad audience, it is of particular interest to young women who are thinking about pursuing careers in chemistry and related sciences. Featured scientists range from well-known historical figures to living chemists who are tackling today’s problems."

Databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases from the National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine.


American Institute of Chemical Engineeers
"The American Institute of Chemical Engineers, AIChE, was founded in 1908. AIChE is a professional association of more than 50,000 members that provides leadership in advancing the chemical engineering profession."

American Chemical Society
The American Chemical Society "provides a broad range of opportunities for peer interaction and career development, regardless of professional or scientific interests." Includes an "Educators & Students" section that includes articles, educational resources, and selected websites. 

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
"The American Society of Biological Chemists (ASBC) was founded in 1906 at a meeting organized in New York City by John Jacob Abel of the Johns Hopkins University. The roots of the Society were in the American Physiological Society, which had been formed some 20 years earlier, and, prior to the founding of the ASBC, had provided the principal forum for the dissemination of American research on the chemical aspects of biology. From a modest group of 81 scientists from North America, the Society (now called the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) has grown into one of the most important learned scientific societies with over 12,000 members from around the world."

Canadian Society for Chemistry
"The Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) is the national technical association representing the field of chemistry and the interests of chemists in industry, academia and government."

Chemical Heritage Foundation
"The Chemical Heritage Foundation serves the community of the chemical and molecular sciences, and the wider public, by treasuring the past, educating the present, and inspiring the future." "...this site offers many tools for the researcher, the student, and those who want to explore and discover how the chemical and molecular sciences have changed the world in which we live." 

Royal Society of Chemistry
"The RSC is the largest organisation in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences. Supported by a network of 45,000 members worldwide and an internationally acclaimed publishing business, our activities span education and training, conferences and science policy, and the promotion of the chemical sciences to the public."

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Last updated:  May 11, 2013                                                                Questions & Comments: Nancy McEnery