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Sources On Reserve That Contain Standard Chemical Values

Updated: 8/08/02 by Hong Zhang

General Sources

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Aldrich Catalog; Aldrich: Milwaukee. TP202 .A54 RESERVE (also available at

This catalog contains price information on chemicals. It also contains basic physical properties such as melting points and boiling points.
This is a good source and provides synonyms and properties such as melting point, boiling point, flash point, solubility, specific gravity and structure. Links to sites offering additional information on the compound are provided. The database is searchable by name, formula, molecular weight, and CAS number. An advanced search allows the user to draw a structure and run a search on it.
CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics; CRC Press: Cleveland. QD65 .C52 RESERVE
This handbook contains physical properties of organic and inorganic compounds. Look in either the organic or inorganic section to find a chemical compound, not in the index at the end of the book. Selected structures are found at the end of the organic section along with a synonym and a formula index.
Dictionary of organic compounds; Chapman & Hall: New York, 1996. QD246 .D5 1996 Reference Area
This set covers fundamental organic compounds, compounds of industrial or commercial value, compounds frequently encountered in labs as solvents, reagents, or starting material, some natural products, and important biochemicals. Information provided on the compounds includes physical property info, structures, derivative info, compound use, references and more.
Handbook of Data on Common Organic Compounds; CRC Press: Boca Raton, 1995. QD257.7 .H35 1995 RESERVE
Properties and structures of several organic compounds are given in this source. This is a good source to use because it includes the properties most students want and also has the chemical structure. Volume three is the index and it often has several synonyms of chemical names.
The Systematic Identification of Organic Compounds; John Wiley & Sons: New York, 1998. QD261 .S965 1998 RESERVE
This source contains tables of common organic compounds and their derivatives. It is useful when a student is working with an unknown compound and needs information about the compound's derivative. The compounds are arranged by chemical class and are listed in order of increasing melting or boiling points.
Handbook of Inorganic Chemistry; CRC Press: Boca Raton, 1995. QD155.5 .H36 RESERVE
This source gives basic information such as molecular formula, molecular weight, CAS RN, and various properties such as color, solubility, structural shape, etc. of inorganic compounds. It is a good source to use if the CRC Handbook and Merck are checked out.
The Merck Index; Merck: Whitehouse Station, NJ, 1996. RS51 .M4 1996 RESERVE
This source contains information on 10,330 significant chemicals, drugs, and biological substances. It includes molecular weight and formula, Chemical Abstracts name, alternate chemical names, patent and chemical information, literature references, structure, physical data, derivative of title compound and physical data for the derivative, drug code number, and trademarks. Use the index to find the location of a chemical in the book. Also: CD-ROM for use on computer #19.
NIST WebBook;
This site has thermochemical data for over 5000 organic and inorganic compounds. It contains reaction thermochemistry data for over 8000 reactions as well as 5000 IR spectra, 10,000 Mass spectra and 2000 Electronic / vibrational spectra.
Lange's Handbook of Chemistry. New York : McGraw-Hill, 1992. QD65 .L36 1992 RESERVE
Many like this better than the CRC. It covers nomenclature of organic and inorganic compounds, physical properties, general information and conversion tables, thermodynamic properties, and other chemical information that can be viewed in its table of contents. Look in either the organic or inorganic section to find physical properties of chemicals, not in the index.
Properties of organic compounds on CD-ROM. Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, c1996 QD255.5.E4 .P76 1996 Reserves
This can be used on Computers 19. Software is located in the desktop folder labeled "Chemistry CDs-ask at front desk". It provides physical property and spectral data for more than 27,500 compounds. It is possible to input the IR, NMR or Mass spectral peaks of an unknown along with a physical property, e.g., melting point, to find possible matches.

Spectral Sources

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The Aldrich Library of FTIR. Milwaukee: Aldrich, 1985. QD95 .I5 P66 1985 REFERENCE

This set has the IR spectra of several thousand compounds arranged by class of compound. Use the molecular formula, CAS registry number, or alphabetical index in the back of volume 3 to find items in any of the three volumes.
The Aldrich Library of 13C and 1H NMR Spectra. Milwaukee: Aldrich, 1993. QD96 .F68 P67 1993 REFERENCE
This set has the NMR spectra of several thousand compounds arranged by compound class. Use the molecular formula, CAS registry number, or alphabetical index in the back of the corresponding volume. Volume 3 is a cumulative index.
NIST WebBook;
Mentioned earlier, this site contains 5000 IR spectra, 10,000 Mass spectra and 2000 Electronic / vibrational spectra.
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectra. QD96 .N8 N8 REFERENCE
This source has 32,000 NMR spectra. Use the Cumulative Alphabetical (Name) Index (in a blue binding) at the end of the collection to find the item number.
Sadtler IR Absorption Spectra. Sadtler, 1980. QC457 .S22 REFERENCE
This source has 59,000 IR spectra. Use the Cumulative Alphabetical (Name) Index of the Proton NMR Collection (QD 96 N8 N8 Reference in a blue binding) and then use the item number found in it and go to the IR books to find the spectrum.
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