Franklin &  Marshall College Library

CHE 212: Organic Chemistry II

Journals at F&M

The library receives over 90 serial titles in the life sciences. Most of these journals contain original research; some include review articles, book reviews, and association news. If you are searching for a specific journal title, go to the Library's Homepage and choose "List of Journals with Holdings at F&M."

Also, at the Library's Homepage, go to "eResources by Subject" and choose Chemistry for databases and full-text journals.

Tools for Locating Journal Articles and Review Publications

The following sources identify journal articles, and other primary materials, such as technical reports, patents, and dissertations. When using any indexing or abstracting service, it is important to note its scope and periods of coverage.

SciFinder Scholar
A desktop research tool with point and click access to Chemical Abstracts and Medline information. It is a client-server product which requires installation. Contact the Science Librarian for more information. Available for searching in the Chemistry Department and Science Library Tech Room.

Over 2.9 million records covering every major agricultural subject. Compiled by the National Agricultural Library of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Covers 1970 to the present.

Over 500,000 records from selected journals covered in BIOSIS Previews. Covers most recent three years.

Web of Science (ISI)
The Institute of Scientific Information's premier citation databases in the physical, life, and social sciences. Search for articles that cite a known author or work or by standard search queries. Covers 1970 to the present.

Annual Reviews
Searchable full-text access to annual reviews in the biomedical, physical, and social sciences. Tables of contents from 1984 to 1994; Full text and abstracts from 1995 to date; Future content through 2001.

Print Resources

Some of the Library of Congress classifications which are of interest to students looking for books in plant physiology are:

QK Botany; Plant Physiology; Plant Ecology
  • QK 640 - 673: Plant Anatomy
  • QK 711 - 899: Plant Physiology
  • QK 900 - 989: Plant Ecology
  • To locate books on plant responses to environmental stimuli, search the F&M Library catalog using the subject heading "Plants Effect of stress on", or "Plants Effects of drought on."
    Beilstein Handbook of Organic Chemistry
    ChemWeb and Sci Ref last section
    The Beilstein Handbook is the most comprehensive source of evaluated data and references in organic chemistry, running hundreds of volumes. We own only approximately 100 volumes at F&M. It is organized by chronological period; then within each period, by chemical class according to Beilstein's own system. Most of Beilstein is in German; the last chronological period (available only in part) is in English. Finding compounds can be difficult, but many reference works, including CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics and Merck Index give Beilstein references. Consult the Science Librarian regarding a mediated search of the Beilstein database.

    Comprehensive Organic Synthesis: Selectivity, Strategy, and Efficiency in Modern Organic Chemistry, 9 vols.
    Sci Ref QD262 .C535

    Desk Reference for Organic Chemists
    Sci Ref QD257.7 .E28 1995

    Dictionary of Organic Compounds, 9 vols.
    Sci Ref QD246 .D5

    Fieser and Fieser's Reagents for Organic Synthesis. vol. 1-15
    QD262 .F5

    Handbook of Data on Organic Compounds, 9 vols.
    Sci Ref QD257.7 .H36 1989

    Handbook of Environmental Data on Organic Chemicals, 4 vols.
    Sci Ref TD196 .O73 V47 .H37

    Handbook of Reagents for Organic Chemicals
    Sci Ref QD77 .H37 1999

    Handbook of Tables for Organic Compound Identification
    Sci Ref QD291 .R28

    Illustrated Handbook of Physical-Chemical Properties, 3 vols.
    Sci Ref TD 196 .O73 M32

    NBS Tables of Chemical Thermodynamic Properties: Selected Values for Inorganic and C* and C* Organic Substances in SI Units
    Sci Ref QD501 .N2

    Organic Syntheses, 79+ vols.
    QD262 .O7

    Organic Reactions, 61+ vols.
    QD251 .O7

    Compendium of Organic Synthetic Methods, 4 vols.
    QD262 .H32

    Name Reactions and Reagents in Organic Synthesis
    QD291 .M86


    These sources provide general informative articles, often with bibliographies, to acquaint the researcher with the topic.

    Macmillan Encyclopedia of Chemistry
    Sci Ref QD4 .M33 1997
    See the article "Literature Searches," page 868, for short discussion of the organization and structure of the chemical literature, including an explanation of the uses of major electronic and print resources in chemistry.

    Encyclopedia of Molecular Biology
    Sci Ref QH506 .E53 1994
    All longer entries and many shorter entries are followed by references, which are intended as an entrance into the literature and not as comprehensive bibliographies. For example, see the following entries: "lipids" and "membrane phospholipids."

    Kimball's Biology Pages
    A online glossary of molecular and cellular biology. See articles under the heading "Plant Biology."

    Full access to more than 7100 articles, 115,000 definitions, 2,000 biographies, and research advances in science and technology. Updated daily.

    How to Cite References

    ACS Style Guide
    Sci QD8.5 .A25 1997
    References include detailed instructions on how to cite a wide variety of reference formats, both in the text and at the end of a research paper.

    Reference Style Guidelines (ACS)
    This information is incomplete and intended for quick reference only. For a more detailed review of how to cite references, consult the ACS Style Guide.

    Books and Articles about Scientific Reading and Writing

    A Short Guide to Writing about Biology
    Sci Ref QH304 .P43 1993
    See chapter 6, "Writing summaries and critiques," for advice on how to write a one- or two-page summary or critique of a paper from the scientific literature. Includes a sample student summary and critique.

    Drake BD, Acosta GM, Smith RL, 1997.
    "An Effective Technique for Reading Research Articles - The Japanese KENSHU Method." Journal of Chemical Education 74: (2) 186-188.

    Last updated: 3/30/04 ag, contact Dale Riordan for assistance, 291-3843