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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.

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Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Provides archival access from 1898-1968 to scholarly literature in the fields of physics and astrophysics, electrical engineering, electronics, computing and control, and information technology. Indexed are primarily journal articles and conference papers, with some books, technical reports, and dissertations. The database provides bibliographic citations plus abstracts. Produced by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

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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.

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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.

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General Reference Sources


Explains key words and phrases in the discipline with minimal use of mathematics.

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Covers, among others: thermodynamics, kinetics, optical spectroscopy, molecular properties, surface and colloid chemistry, nuclear and solid state physics.

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A concise dictionary of fundamental physical chemistry terms, equations, and concepts.

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Approx 900 terms, acronyms, & equations briefly defined; also includes short biographical notes. Appendices cover constants, means, molecular weights, distribution functions, & variations in the Einstein equation for viscosity.

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Describes modeling & simulation of physical systems, emphasizing mathematical models although other types (knowledge-based, linguistics-based, graphical and data-based) are discussed. Covers use & choice of test signals, model order, parameter estimation, computational techniques for nonlinear models.

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Encyclopedia of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry

A three volume set on fundamentals (mechanics and interactions of atoms and molecules, systems at equilibrium, and reacting systems), methods (spectroscopy, characterization, kinetics, and computational techniques), applications (current interest topics) of physical chemistry and chemical physics.

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Covers the theory & applications of computational chemistry from the discipline's inception to the present day. Includes ab initio and semiempirical methods, molecular orbital theory, density functional & classical mechanical methods, molecular modeling & dynamics, Monte Carlo simulations, databases, expert systems, synthesis & reaction planning, neural networks, QSAR, and biological and biochemical applications. Online version will be updated yearly.

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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.

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Physical Property Data

Treats solubility parameters from empirical, thermodynamic, and molecular views and shows applications to liquid, gas, solid, and polymer systems. Contains many tables of data.

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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.

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Provides access to chemical and physical property data (including IR, mass, and UV/vis spectra) for chemical species. Searchable by chemical formula, partial formula, chemical name, CAS registry number, molecular weight, ionization energy, and proton affinity. Published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

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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.

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Internet Resources

Electronic Texts

Indexes and contains the full text for hundreds of handbooks including: International Critical Tables, Lange's Handbook of Chemistry, Polymers - A Property Database, Smithsonian Physical Tables, Yaws' Handbook of Thermodynamic and Physical Properties of Chemical Compounds, and many more!

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Statistics and Data

Data Resources

A 5-volume set summarizing refractive index and extinction (or loss) coefficients of technically important dielectrics. Also included are tutorial chapters covering the basics of dielectric theory and reviews of experimental techniques.

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Library Information

Science and Engineering Library

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