Franklin &  Marshall College Library

CHM 111: General Chemistry

Introduction to the Library

Why the Library

F&M Library Catalog

Search the catalog to find out what books, journals, newspapers, videos, maps, CDs, music, etc., the library owns.

NOTE: There are no journal articles in the catalog!

To find a book, begin by conducting a Keyword search our your topic. Analyze your topic or research question and break it down into its key concepts, which becomes the Keyword search. Once you have found a record for an item that looks useful, click on a Subject Heading to retrieve other items with similar content.

  • QD Chemistry
  • QD 146 - 197 Inorganic Chemistry
  • QD 241 - 441 Organic Chemistry
  • QD 450 - 731 Physical & Theoretical Chemistry

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 Journals

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

Tools for Locating Journal Articles

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.

Academic Universe
Connections to newspaper articles (including New York Times and Washington Post), business information (including SEC filings), and legal resources (including state and federal case law).

General Science Full Text
Journals and magazines from the U.S. and Great Britain, covering all major scientific fields. Indexing from 1984 to present, abstracting from 1993 to present.

MEDLINE provides access to over 12 million citations back to the mid-1960's in all areas of medicine, including dentistry and nursing.

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.

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.

Print Resources

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
Sci Ref QD 65 .H3
Probably the most familiar source, the CRC handbook is published annually but usually changes little from one year to the next. It contains a variety of useful physical and chemical data, with some references. Some of the data is given in the main table of inorganic compounds, other data appears in separate tables grouped by data type. Not very systematic in choice of data, and indexing can be inconsistent.

Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary
Sci Ref QD 5 .C5 1993

Nobel Prize Winners: Chemistry
Sci Ref QD 35 .N64 3 vols.

World of Chemistry
Sci Ref QD 33 .W873 3


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.

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 2006
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.

Last updated: 9/24/07 dbr, contact Dale Riordan for assistance, 291-3843