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Research Guide: Chemistry


CHEM 100, CHEM 101, CHEM 102, CHEM 200, CHEM 201


The textbooks that follow represent some of the current physical and electric holdings available in the library for your particular course. This list, however, should not be considered exhaustive, so make sure to visit the Library search engines to explore the many other valuable resources that the library has to offer.


Chemistry 100/ 101 / 102 Library Resources Library Call Number
Bensaude-Vincent, Bernadette and Jonathan Simon. Chemistry: The Impure Science (2Nd Edition). vol. 2nd ed, Imperial College Press, 2012. eBook Academic Collection
Hebden, James. Chemistry 11: A Workbook for Students. QD 31.2 H423 1998
Rao, C. N. R. Understanding Chemistry. World Scientific, 2010. eBook Academic Collection
Silberberg, Martin S. Chemistry: The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change. * Chapters on all the topics in Chem 100 through 102, and some organic chemistry. Problems and solutions to practice your knowledge QD 31.3 S54 2013
Timberlake, Karen C., and William Timberlake. Basic Chemistry.* Older edition published as Chemistry: An Introduction to General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry. QD 31.2 T55 1996.

**Both editions are great for CHEM 100, since they have plenty of examples and explanations for key concepts.

QD 31.3 T54 2014
Chemistry 200 / 201 Library Resources Library Call Number
Klein, D. R. (2008). Organic chemistry. New Jersey : John Wiley, c2012. QD 256 .K542 2012
Klein, D. R. (2016). Organic chemistry as a second language: First Semester Topics, 4th Ed. Hoboken : Wiley, 2016. QD 256 .K54145 2016
Klein, D. R. (2016). Organic chemistry as a second language: Second Semester Topics, 4th Ed Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, [2016]. QD 256 .K54 2016
Zubrick, James W. (2011). The Organic Chem Lab Survival Manual: A Student’s Guide to Techniques. Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley, c2011.

**Essential reading for all Chemistry students. We recommend you buy a copy for yourself. Self-explanatory title for a book that tells you how to conduct labs.

QD 261 .Z83 2011


Subscription Articles and Databases

If your assignment is pointing you towards more specific research in your field, you’ll want to turn to Alexander College’s list of subscription databases to find resources. Listed below are the databases that are relevant to your field. Remember that these resources are not exhaustive, and there are many more avenues to pursue your studies.

Academic Search Premier
This scholarly resource contains indexing and abstracts for more than 8,500 journals, with full text for more than 4,600 of those titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles. Academic search premier provides unmatched full-text coverage in biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, religion and theology, among other fields.

Biological & Agricultural Index Plus (H.W. Wilson)
Subject coverage includes agriculture & agricultural research, atmospheric science, biochemistry, biology, biotechnology, botany, chemistry, environmental science, geology, marine biology microbiology, physics and much more.

eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost)
A collection of several thousand books and resources in a wide range of subjects. Subjects covered science and technology.
General Science Full Text
Provides full text, indexing and abstracts or many scientific subjects including biology, chemistry, and physics.

Science in Context
is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics.

Science Reference Centre
is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full text science-oriented content.

The Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources
includes academic journals and primary source documents on environmental issues.


Library has subscriptions to paper versions of:

  • Scientific American
  • Popular Science
  • National Geographic

How to Read a Scholarly Journal Article:

The following resources can help you want reading your scholarly resources.

How to Located Chemistry related materials in the library:

Library of Congress Subject Headings for Chemistry

  • QD 1-65 General chemistry
  • QD 71- 142 Analytic chemistry
  • QD 146 – 197 Inorganic chemistry
  • QD 241-441 Organic chemistry
  • QD 450-731 Physical and theoretical chemistry
  • QD 901-999 Crystallography

Recommended Websites

Database of chemical structures. Searchable by a variety of ways, e.g., chemical name, structure, spectra, etc.

Chemistry World
Articles about chemistry topics in the news, facts, and “how it works.” By the Royal Society of Chemistry in UK.

Molecule of the Month
Find out about a molecule each month, with links to university Chemistry departments around the world.

Nobel Prize
List of Nobel prize winners and information.

Science Friday!
A weekly podcast about science topics in the news. Features panels of expert guests chat with science journalist Ira Flatow.

“TOXNET® (TOXicology Data NETwork) is a group of databases covering chemicals and drugs, diseases and the environment, environmental health, occupational safety and health, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and toxicology.”

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