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Chemistry and Life Science


There are several ways to find books owned by the library. We have both Ebooks and physical books in our collection. You can search for both in SCOUT.


You have access to Ebooks with your credentials so make sure you are signed in to access them. 


This is an example of a book we have in the library on the shelf and available to check out. The long number in parenthesis is the book's call number and this is what you will use to find the book on the shelf.









Finding a physical book in the library may be a little difficult if you aren't used to using the Library of Congress System. However, basically the books are in alphabetical order. Don't spend too long looking! We librarians are more than willing to help you find what you need.


Click here to help locate the area of the library where a call number can be found. In general, you will find books about chemistry in the following areas on the East Wing of the 5th floor:

QD 1 - 65 General Chemistry
QD 71 -142 Analytical Chemistry
QD 146 - 197 Inorganic Chemistry
QD 415 - 436 Biochemistry
QD 450 - 801 Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
QD 625 - 655 Radiation Chemistry
QD 701 - 731 Photochemistry
QD 901 - 999 Crystallography


There are several different ways you can go about finding journal articles.  One is to do a general search in SCOUT which includes results from a large number of databases but not all of them and will also include books, videos, etc. unless you filter them out.  


Another method is to search only in specific chemistry journals.  This link will take you to a search page where you can click on a journal, search in that journal, and get results from that specific journal.  Be aware that the top search box is for journal titles and subjects not articles.  You need to click on a journal first to search.


The library provides access to a number of different chemistry databases.  This is another method you can use to search for articles but instead of searching in the library's entire holdings or only in a specific journal, a database will give you results from a number of different journals. You can also look at a comprehensive list of our chemistry and life science databases.


If you are in a hurry, try one of these "best bet" databases. 

If you already have a SciFinder account, you will be able to log in to SciFinderⁿ via the new platform and do not need to set up a new account. If you are new to SciFinder, set up an account using this link: (You must be on campus or VPN for this link to work.)

  • Click on the SciFinder Registration link above
  • Click on "Next" to continue with the registration
  • Click "Accept" to accept the terms of use
  • Fill in the required information

PubChem is the world's largest collection of freely accessible chemical information. Search chemicals by name, molecular formula, structure, and other identifiers. Find chemical and physical properties, biological activities, safety and toxicity information, patents, literature citations and more.

Jove is an incredible resource for watching science experiments and learning about specific topics.  There are more than 18,000 videos of experiments available and searchable by type. You can find lab manuals and core concept videos as well as well.   You can find more information by clicking on JoVE on the side navigation or clicking here

You can find an excellent overview of citations styles, academic integrity, and plagiarism here.


Consider using an online citation manager. Zotero Is free, open source citation management tool that comes as a Firefox or Chrome extension or a standalone program for other browsers. It offers plugins for MS Word and Open Office so you can insert citations as you write your paper. You can also create groups to save references for projects to be used by all group members.


In addition, here are links to two important, chemistry-specific citation and scholarly communication sites.


The ACS quick citation guide


 The ACS Style Guide is the definitive source for all information needed to write, review, submit, and edit scholarly and scientific manuscripts. See Chapter 14 for citing and referencing guidelines.




Linked here are some general reference chemistry resources.


The NIST Chemistry WebBook provides convenient access to a variety of physical and chemical property data on well-defined chemical species and reactions.



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