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Chemistry

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Subject-Focused Encyclopedias

Need to select a research topic or find background information?  

The Library’s Reference Collection includes subject-focused encyclopedias. Look here to find introductory articles on subject-related topics. The broad perspective offered by such articles often proves helpful for narrowing research topics before pursuing more in-depth information. 

The Reference Collection also includes a variety of other sources where you can find definitions, maps, statistics, and a multitude of facts.

Why not use Wikipedia? Since Wikipedia is an open-source resource, anyone (perhaps a subject expert, a non-expert, or even someone playing a prank) can create or edit a Wikipedia article. On the other hand, reference books go through an editing and often a fact-checking process, which lends a level of trustworthiness to the information provided.  

This guide provides some recommendations for encyclopedias and other reference resources that might provide helpful information relating to Chemistry topics.

Recommended Subject-Focused Encyclopedias

Chemical Composition of Everyday Products

Reference Collection (Second Floor)

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 94th Edition

Reference Collection (Second Floor)
"A ready-reference book of chemical and physical data."

Dictionary of Chemistry

Reference Collection (Second Floor)

Elements and Their Compounds in the Environment

Reference Collection (Second Floor)

Encyclopedia of Energy

Electronic Resource

Facts on File Dictionary of Chemistry

Reference Collection (Second Floor)

Handbook of Basic Tables for Chemical Analysis

Reference Collection (Second Floor)

Kirk-Othmer Concise Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology

Reference Collection (Second Floor)

Recommended Online Encyclopedia Databases

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Recommended Multimedia Databases