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Chemical engineering is the development of processes and the design and operation of plants in which materials undergo changes in their physical or chemical state. (Definition from Britannica Online.) You may find additional useful resources on the chemistry, polymers or materials science pages, as well.

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Provides extensive indexing of scholarly and technical periodicals, conference proceedings, and report literature in all engineering disciplines including applied physics, electronics, materials science, and related fields in science and management. Indexes nearly 3000 sources worldwide.

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.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


Search with the Library Catalog to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.

General Reference Sources

Chemical Compounds

Database of descriptive & numerical data on chemical, physical & biological properties of compounds; systematic & common names; literature references; & structures. Contains all compounds included in: Dictionary of Organic Compounds (255,000 records) Dictionary of Natural Products (170,000) ; Dictionary of Inorganic and Organometallic Compounds (101,000) ; Dictionary of Drugs (40,000+) ; Dictionary of Analytical Reagents (14,000)

Provides data on physical properties of most solvents and the solubilities of materials in them. Includes phase diagrams and comparative data for various solvents.

Chemical Prices

Comes in USA & international editions. Together they list by chemical name the product lines of thousands of chemical suppliers in over 130 countries. Gives brief contact information.

C&E News is the trade publication for ACS (American Chemical Society)

Weekly newspaper of the chemical process industries, for buyers & sellers of chemicals with limited current pricing information (via the "Miscellaneous Ejournals" option). Fulltext of recent issues is available online through Business Source and MasterFILE Premier (search Publications for list of available issues). Includes comprehensive pricing information in pre-March 28, 2005 issues, with Focus Reports approximately every 3 weeks (in-depth special sections about core industry segments, trends, & markets).

ICIS, publishers of ICIS Chemical Business (formerly known as Chemical Market Reporter), maintain this list of chemical prices that, for the most part, was current as of August 28, 2006 with some updates for the second quarter of 2007.

Online version of the well-known Sigma-Aldrich chemical catalog with CAS registry numbers, and a variety of physical and chemical properties for chemicals manufactured by Sigma-Aldrich; free registration is required to access pricing information (typically only for smaller quantities).


Subtitled: Properties, Productions, Uses. Gives structure, description, alternative names, CAS registry number, production, derivatives and uses of over 6800 industrially important compounds.

Provides lengthy definitions of terms from industrial chemistry. Does not cover chemical properties, metallurgy or mining. Separate sections for acronyms.

Provides brief descriptions of processes used in the chemical industry that are known by specific names that are not self-explanatory. Includes acronyms & abbreviations.


Describes almost 700 graduate programs in chemistry and allied fields; lists faculty members and their research areas, papers published within the last two years, and details about the degree programs offered.


Large ongoing set covering the processes, methods, practices, products, and standards in the chemical and related industries.

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

A 10-volume set covering affinity separation, centrifugation, chromatography, crystallisation, distillation, electrophoresis, extraction, flotation, ion exchange, mass spectrometry, membrane & particle size separations.

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

Handbooks and Manuals

Gives information on process biotechnology techniques; plant & animal cell culture; upstream processing; measurement & instrumentation; costing & economic evaluation of bioprocesses.

Presents practical, current information on processing operations in the chemical industries. Authoritative sections are written for easy understanding and application. Other articles cover plant design and reactions.

Annually published reference source for chemical & physical property data, nomenclature, structure, & composition of substances. Includes physical constants of organic & inorganic compounds, conversion factors, & much more.

An ongoing series describing the corrosion and chemical resistance of all technically important metallic, non-metallic, inorganic and organic materials. Corrosion protection and prevention are also discussed.

Shows how to solve process-related chemical engineering problems, with either a calculator or computer-based approach. Procedures are fairly detailed.

Describes the chemical and engineering principles underlying the chemical process industry; chapters cover specific segments of the industry.

A handy collection of data, units, equations and topic reviews for chemical engineers.

Physical Property Data

Very thorough guide for locating sources of chemical and physical property data. Created by Arizona State University Libraries. Check MNCAT Discovery to see whether and where we have a particular book or database.

The Infotherm thermophysical property database, produced by FIZ CHEMIE Berlin, includes tables of phase equilibria, transport and surface properties, caloric properties, acoustic, optical, and PVT properties for 6,700 pure compounds and 24,000 mixtures. The data comes from journals, data collections, manuals, and measurement reports, and the databse is updated on a monthly basis.

Provides access to collection of more than 80 databases of well-documented numeric data (including the NIST Chemistry WebBook and other sources of chemical and physical properties) from the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST). The data are from a variety of scientific disciplines including biotechnology, chemistry, materials science, mathematical modeling, physics, and more. Searchable by keywords, properties, and substances.

This database contains records for over 70 printed handbooks and compilations of thermodynamic and thermophysical data for chemical compounds. It is an index to the University of Texas-Austin's collection, however most of the titles are also held at the University of Minnesota.

Safety Information

Gives recognized procedures for identifying and ranking hazards in a chemical plant due to the presence of flammable and toxic materials.

Contains safety and health-related data for hydrocarbons and organic chemicals and some data for inorganic chemicals.

This site includes an index of free sites where material safety data sheets (MSDS) can be found as well as background information on MSDS (e.g., how to interpret MSDS) and a glossary of terms found in MSDS.

Internet Resources

Electronic Texts

Knovel provides online access to reference books, databases, and conference proceedings from a number of publishers that cover all areas of engineering and includes content relevant to related sciences (e.g., chemistry and earth sciences). It includes interactive graphs and tables and is a good starting point when you need a piece of data quickly.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

Style Manuals

Describes the writing and citation style recommended by the American Chemical Society. See Chapter 14 for guidelines on citing different types of references.

The American Institute of Physics' guide to writing, editing, and preparing physics manuscripts for publication. Prepared under the direction of the AIP Publication Board.

Library Information

Science and Engineering Library

Walter Library
East Bank, Minneapolis Campus
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