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.
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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.
- Create an account (Only for current faculty, students & staff)
- Non-affiliate access (Only available on library computers & for non-commercial use)
SciFinder includes journal and patent references,chemical regulatory data, and supplier, reaction, and substance information. SciFinder Mobile is best for quick searches. It has no IP access restrictions but limited functionality, and it requires a SciFinder account.
Catalogs and Bibliographies
General Reference Sources
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)
"Facts & Figures for the Chemical Industry" is published annually in Chemical & Engineering News, typically in late June or early July, and includes information on production, exports and imports, (some) prices, company results, and more for the US and the rest of the world. The easiest way to get to this information is to use the Advanced Search for "facts and figures" for the desired time period.
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).
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).
Handbooks and Manuals
Physical Property Data
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.
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
RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).