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Getting Started

The following resources are helpful places to start at the beginning of the research process. 

Chemistry Reference Books

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics / QD65.H3 2019-20 

Environmental Chemical Analysis / TD193 .K43 2019

The Facts on File Dictionary of Chemistry / QD5.D26 1999

Hawley’s Condensed Chemical Dictionary / QD5.C5 1997

A History of Modern Chemistry / QD11 .N63 2016

Lange’s Handbook of Chemistry / QD65.L36 2016

The Merck Index: An Encyclopedia of Chemicals and Drugs / RS356.M524 2013 

Online Reference Sources

Credo Reference: A great starting point for research projects. Search in hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 200 videos.

Discovery Search: Search books, e-books, and articles in one place.

Dynamic Periodic Table: An interactive periodic table.

The Merck Index Online: Contains over 11,500 monographs – including historic records not available in the print edition of the index. Regularly updated by experts from the Royal Society of Chemistry. 


The following databases and journals are useful places to search for chemistry-related articles. Contact a librarian if you would like more information on how to search for articles on your specific topic. Databases Academic Search Complete (EBSCO): Covers a wide range of academic disciplines, with more than 8600 periodicals available in full text. ACS Publications: Full-text access to American Chemical Society journals and archives. Directory of Open Access Journals: An interdisciplinary database of free, full-text, scholarly journals. HighWire Press: Open access scholarly journals in the sciences.  ProQuest Research Library: Includes both popular and scholarly periodicals covering a variety of subjects, with over 3300 titles available in full text. Journals Below you will find lists of academic journals helpful for doing research in chemistry. Journals in this list are available to you through Lane Library. Chemistry: Journals classified with the subject “chemistry.” Science, Technology, and Agriculture: Journals classified with the subject “science, technology, and agriculture.”


Search for books in our collection through Lane Library’s catalog. You can find books with chemistry-specific subject headings below:

Books with subject heading “thermodynamics

Writing Guides & Citations

ACS Style Guide: A writing manual from the American Chemical Society on using the ACS style.  Chemical Nomenclature Guide: This website provides an easy-to-use list so you comply with current standards for chemical nomenclature in publishing. Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students: A website from Penn State that covers all aspects of writing a scientific paper.