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Organic chemistry is concerned with carbon compounds. There may be important information sources on related pages (for example, pricing information and safety sources are under chemistry, general, and many spectra resources are under chemistry, analytical). You may also want to consult related pages such as biochemistry and biophysics, chemistry, physical; and chemistry, polymers.

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

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.

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

Chemical Compounds

Database of 170,000 natural products. Includes synonyms, formulae, structures, CAS RNs, source data, uses & applications, physical properties & literature citations. Classification scheme groups compounds that are biogenetically related. Substructure searchable with plug-in.

Covers over 220,000 important compounds. Provides name, synonyms, structure, some physical properties, CAS RN and some literature references. Substructure searchable, with plug-in.

Names, Synonyms, and Structures of Organic Compounds

A 3-volume set with names, synonyms, molecular formulas, and CAS RNs for 27,500 important organic compounds. Gives 135,000 synonyms and 20,000 chemical structures.

General Reference Works

Science of Synthesis is an electronic version of the reference work by the same name; it also provides access to Houben-Weyl (Methods of Organic Chemistry) which includes references back to 1835. Science of Synthesis covers both organic and organometallic synthetic methods. The methods are evaluated and include full experimental details.

Handbooks and Manuals

A European-style textbook (guide, summary, reference), organized by compound type; great for review. Covers aliphatic and alicyclic compounds, carbohydrates, benzene derivatives, isoprenoids, heterocycles, amino acids, peptides, proteins, nucleic acids, and enzymes.

Organic Reactions

One-volume collection of synthetic methodology, including tens of thousands of reactions and synthetic transformations.

Organic Synthesis

An ongoing set listing functional group transformations for synthesis. Organized into chapters by initial and final functional group. Gives very little description, but does give literature references.

A 7-volume set treating organic synthesis in terms of functional groups and methods for their construction and conversion.

An 8-volume set describing the use of reagents in organic chemistry, providing comparisons of similar reagents, pro-and-con assessment of each, and subject and molecular formula indexes.

Ongoing series reporting new reagents and new reagent uses. Arranged alphabetically by reagent. Entries give name of product, reaction scheme, literature reference. There's a cumulative index for Vols. 1-12.

Name Reactions and Reagents in Organic Synthesis

Lists name reactions, with general scheme, mechanism and examples; and name reagents, with uses, preparations, precautions and examples.

Organic Reactions

An ongoing set giving history and details of important organic reactions. Each chapter has tables listing all known examples of one reaction. Also gives limitations, interfering influences, structural effects, and experimental techniques.

An ongoing set giving detailed synthetic methods. Procedures are independently checked & safety warnings given if warranted. More recent volumes tend to describe preparation of compound classes. Freely available online as well; requires a plug-in for structure searching.

Theilheimer's Synthetic Methods of Organic Chemistry

An ongoing collection of organic synthetic methods. Gives brief information on reagents, reaction scheme & details, and references. Cumulative indexes every 5 volumes.

Physical Property Data

Presents data on over 500 organic solvents. Includes health and safety data; optical, thermodynamic and electrochemical properties; solubility; density; viscosity; surface tension.

Provides structure & properties of 13,000 environmentally important chemicals. Includes melting & boiling points, solubility, octanol/water partition coefficient, vapor pressure, dissociation & Henry's law constants.

Physical Properties of Hydrocarbons

A multi-volume series, with hydrocarbon data for physical properties, vapor pressure, various enthalpies, liquid density, surface tension, heat capacity, viscosity, thermal conductivity, and Gibb's free energy of formation, among others.

Substructure-searchable database (with plug-in) that includes physical & spectral data and structures for more than 29,000 commonly-used organic compounds.

Spectra, General

Raman/Infrared Atlas of Organic Compounds

Gives Raman and IR spectra plotted on the same wavenumber scale for 1044 representative organic compounds. Includes introductory text and indexes to substance classes and names, molecular formulas, and CAS Registry Numbers. Try this before Sadtler.

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

A 3-volume set with over 18,500 spectra placed in order of chemical class and structural complexity. Includes chemical name, Wiswesser notation, melting point, and boiling point.

25 volumes covering some 10,000 compounds, with cumulative alphabetical, chemical class, molecular formula and numerical indexes.

A single volume arranged by molecular formula, this has 3500 NIR spectra for 1900 common organic compounds, and indexes for name, CAS Registry Number, and formula.

Merck FT-IR Atlas

Over 3,000 Fourier transform-IR spectra of pure substances, arranged by molecular formula. Has formula, name and registry number indexes.

Sadtler Infrared Spectra

A set of 29,000 prism spectra. Indexed by the Sadtler comprehensive indexes (which cover all the large Sadtler sets) by: name, molecular formula & weight, chemical class. Also has a SpecFinder Index to micron bands in sequence for unknown identification.

Standard Infrared Grating Spectra (Sadtler)

123 volumes with 91,000 grating spectra. Indexed by the Sadtler comprehensive indexes (which cover all the large Sadtler sets) by: name, molecular formula & weight, chemical class. Also has a SpecFinder Index to micron bands in sequence for unknown identification.

Spectra, Mass

Wiley/NBS Registry of Mass Spectral Data

A 7-volume set of mass spectra for over 112,275 compounds, with structures for 89,903; arrangement is by molecular weight, with CAS RN, formula, and chemical name indexes in volume 7. A peak index was published separately.

Spectra, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

A 3-volume set arranged by chemical class, containing proton and 13C NMR spectra for nearly 12,000 compounds. Gives name, limited physical properties, and structures as well.

2-volume set covering over 37,000 compounds, arranged by chemical class, with alphabetical and molecular formula indexes.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectra (Sadtler)

A set of 64,000 proton NMR spectra, not arranged by chemical class. Indexed by the Sadtler comprehensive indexes (which cover all the large Sadtler sets) by: name, molecular formula & weight, chemical class. Try Aldrich first.

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.

Spectra, Ultraviolet & Visible

A 24-volume set of spectrographs, with cumulative name and formula indexes.

Sadtler Ultra Violet Spectra

A set of over 48,000 UV spectra, indexed by the Sadtler comprehensive indexes (which cover all the large Sadtler sets) by: name, molecular formula & weight, chemical class. Includes UV Spectra Locator to millimicron bands in sequence for unknown identification. Try one of the smaller sets first.

UV-VIS Atlas of Organic Compounds

A 2-volume set of 1,175 evaluated UV-VIS spectra of organic compounds. Includes solvents, indexes (unsaturation values, substance names and classes, formulas, etc.) and supplementary texts on individual substance classes by experts.


Chemistry of Functional Groups

Large series of many volumes and supplements. Each volume treats a functional group, with chapters covering general and theoretical aspects; formation, characterization, reactions, transformations, special topics. Gives literature references.

Chemistry of Heterocyclic Compounds

An ongoing set of many volumes and supplements. Each volume covers a class of heterocycles. Reviews synthesis, reactions, properties, structures, and applications of compounds, with references to original literature.

An 8-volume set on heterocyclic chemistry, summarizing the literature through 1983. Provides reviews of synthesis, reactions, & uses, especially in organic synthesis. Notes over 42,000 reactions and 62,100 compounds, with references to the original literature.

6-volume set, meant to cover the synthesis & reactions of organic compounds. Great background source.

9-volume set subtitled "Selectivity, strategy & efficiency in modern organic chemistry." Deals with the development of effective routes to known materials and synthesis of new materials. Volumes 1-5 focus on carbon-carbon bond formation; 6-8 on interconversion of heteroatoms. Volume 9 contains indexes.

Rodd's Chemistry of Carbon Compounds

4 original volumes, each with many supplements. Arranged by compound class: aliphatic, alicyclic, aromatic & heterocyclic. Supplements are further divided. Reviews compound classes & synthetic methods, gives literature references and some experimental details.

Statistics and Data

Data Resources

Known as HODOC, an 11-volume set covering 30,000 compounds. Entries for compounds list frequently-used physical data: boiling and melting points, density, refractive index, optical rotatory power, solubility, crystal properties, molecular weight, chemical and spectral data. There are molecular formula, synonym, CAS RN indexes.

Reaxys provides web-based access to chemical structure, reaction and property information; its contents are derived from Beilstein (organic compounds) and Gmelin (inorganic and organometallic compounds), which date to the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as selected English-language chemical patents (US,EP, and WO) from 1976-present).

Library Information

Science and Engineering Library

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