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This page is meant to guide you to resources about chemical analysis. There may be important information sources on related pages (for example, pricing information and safety sources are under chemistry (general aspects)). In addition, you might want to see the page for the type of compound you wish to analyze (inorganic, organic, or polymers).

Article Databases and Indexes

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SciFinder is the best database for chemistry-related topics. Registration is required, and you must download VPN and then log in to it for off-campus access.

SciFinder includes journal and patent references,chemical regulatory data, and supplier, reaction, and substance information.

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

The Web of Science is the Web interface for institutional sitewide access to the Science Citation Index. A citation index compiles cited references from journal articles and allows you to find articles that have cited older papers.

General Reference Sources

Analytical Techniques

Covers methods for compounds found as pollutants.

Methods of Air Sampling and Analysis

Describes and evaluates various methods of air sampling and analysis for a variety of chemicals, particulate matter and radioactivity. Produced jointly by the ACS, AIChE, AWMA, APWA, ASME, AOAC, ISA and HPS.

A "bible" of standard chemical and microbiological analytical methods validated by the Association of Analytical Communities (AOAC) Official Methods Program and used by government, industry, and academia throughout the world for analysis of a variety of commodities - particularly those related to food, agriculture, public health and safety, and the environment.

A searchable index of analytical & sampling methods used by field hygienists of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Arranged by compound; includes discussion of calculations & error analysis.

Techniques of Chemistry

Ongoing series describing a wide range of analytical methods for both organic & inorganic compounds. Includes methods' theory, tools, merits & limitations, & handling. Use MNCAT's Advanced search (series keywords=techniques of chemistry) to identify relevant volumes.

Chemical Compounds

Contains chemical, physical, and structural information on over 14,000 analytical reagents. Includes analytical applications, hazard and toxicity data.

Information on preparation, properties, and analytical applications of organic reagents.

Reagent Chemicals: American Chemical Society Specifications

Covers analytical procedures and specifications for the most important reagents used in analytical work, and validated methods for testing the purity of reagent chemicals.


Alphabetic listing of acronyms, abbreviations, and symbols from nuclear magnetic resonance, electron spin resonance, and infrared, Raman, and other methods. Provides definitions, descriptions of effects, applications, and literature.

A guide to the officially recommended analytical nomenclature adopted by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.

Gives brief definitions of commonly used terms, and illustrations where appropriate.


A 15-volume set that describes the theory and applications of various analytical techniques.

A ten-volume set describing the theory and applications of various analytical techniques. The index has more individual compounds than that of the Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry.

One of the most comprehensive and well-known encyclopedias in the field of chemical technology; it also contains a great deal of basic chemistry.

Includes more than 400 articles on a variety of chromatographic techniques. Covers methodology, instrumentation, and applications.

A 3-volume set covering atomic, electronic, magnetic resonance, vibrational, rotational and Raman spectroscopies, and mass spectrometry.

"The worlds's largest technical encyclopedia," this is also a very trusted source of information on a wide variety of fields that involve chemistry.

General Reference Works

CHEMnetBASE is a reference source for locating chemical facts, properties, literature references, and for performing structure searching. All dictionaries are sub-structure searchable as is Properties of Organic Compounds. CHEMnetBASE includes the following: The CRC Handbook of Chemistry & Physics; Polymers: A Property Database; Properties of Organic Compounds; Dictionary of Commonly Cited Compounds; Dictionary of Inorganic and Organometallic Compounds; Dictionary of Organic Compounds; Dictionary of Natural Products; and Dictionary of Drugs.

Handbooks and Manuals

A concise guide to conventional wet and instrumental techniques along with data necessary to apply them. It also describes preliminary operations of analysis, separation methods, and statistics.

Guide to analytical methods & instruments. Includes mass measurement, spectrochemical and electrochemical instrumentation, and chromatographic methods. Covers theory as well as instrumentation design and purchasing.

A CD-ROM containing evaluated procedures and descriptions of hundreds of reagents, allowing fast access to derivatization reactions for both HPLC and capillary electrophoresis.

Reflects recent developments in chemical derivatization, chromatographic methods and analytical instrumentation. Covers pharmaceutical, clinical, food, and environmental chemistry, and analytical biochemistry.

Summarizes the regulatory, physical, biological, and chemical data needed in the testing of air, water, and soil samples for contaminants.

Powder Diffraction File

World's largest set of X-ray powder diffraction patterns. Each pattern includes interplanar spacings, relative intensities, Miller indices; also structural formula, crystal system, physical data, references, and evaluation of pattern quality.

Spectra, General

Contains IR and Raman spectra of 500 natural and synthetic polymers of industrial importance, as well as general and structure formulae, CAS register numbers, and sample preparation conditions.

A 4-volume set describing development and use of IR and Raman spectra, structure identification, vibrational assignments and spectra-structure correlations. Gives tables of characteristic Raman frequencies and intensities, IR and Raman group frequency data, and vibrational data.

Online database of over 30,000 organic compounds. Gives EI mass, 1H decoupled 13C NMR, 1H NMR pattern (90 and/or 400 MHz), 1H NMR parameter (300 MHz pattern generated), FT-IR, laser-Raman, and ESR spectra, although not for all compounds.

Spectra, Infrared

Created for use in wavenumber calibrations for experimental spectroscopy, this work gives information about closely spaced spectral lines occurring in the nearer infrared, between 1.4 and 4 [mu]m and 6.2 and 7.7 m.

Spectra, Mass

Covers over 80,000 mass spectra for 65,600 compounds and elements. Data is sorted 3 ways for identification of unknowns: by molecular weight subindexed on formula; molecular weight subindexed on m/z values; m/z of the 2 most abundant ions.

Collection of electron impact mass spectra of 533 common pollutants. Indexed by common name, CAS registry number, molecular weight, and intensity peaks.

Important Peak Index of the Registry of Mass Spectral Data

A 3-volume supplement to the Wiley/NBS Registry of Mass Spectral Data, arranged by the most important peaks.

Spectra, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

A compilation of P31 chemical shifts of nearly 20,000 organic and inorganic phosphorus compounds. Organized by the atomic environment of the phosphorus nuclei and then by molecular formula. Bond types, stereochemistry, media, and data sources are included.

Spectra, Raman

Standard Raman Spectra (Sadtler)

A set of 4400 Raman spectra, indexed by name, chemical class, molecular formula. There is also a Spec-finder for identification of unknowns.


Ongoing series, with each volume devoted to a technique. Gives theory and detailed information on the practice of techniques covered.

Comprehensive, multi-volume sets. First edition (33 vols), begun in 1959, is in 3 parts, "Theory and Practice" , "Analytical Chemistry of Inorganic and Organic Compounds" and "Analytical Chemistry in Industry". Second edition is still incomplete. Excellent work, if becoming dated.

Statistics and Data

Data Resources

Arranged by analytical method, covers chromatography, spectroscopy, and qualitative tests, and provides data for hazardous solids, carcinogens. Contains bibliographic references.

Library Information

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