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Research Resources: Class Guides

CHM411: Physical Organic Chemistry

Journals at F&M

The library subscribes to many chemistry journals. 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 "Journal Finder."

Here's a selective list of relevant 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 the scope and periods of coverage.

Chemical Abstracts
Sci Reference area and Periodicals
This is the most complete and comprehensive index to the chemical literature, but by virtue of its size, can be difficult to use for some purposes. Content is also searchable via SciFinder Scholar, an end-user interface to the Chemical Abstracts, REGISTRY and REFERENCES databases.

Consult the print Chemical Abstracts (1907-2000) For either substances or techniques, check first in the Index Guide to make sure you have the correct terminology. For individual substances, then look in the Chemical Substance Index; for classes of substances or for techniques, look in the General Subject Index. Heavily researched substances may have subject subheadings attached, such as compounds or preparation. For less common substances, simply scan the list under the subject heading.

The years 1907-1991 are indexed in Cumulative Indexes covering 5 or 10 year periods. 1992-2000 are covered in Volume Indexes (6 months worth at a time). The cumulative indexes will give a volume and abstract number (e.g. 100:10715); volume indexes will just give the abstract number.

If you do not recognize a journal title from the Chemical Abstracts abbreviation, check the Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index (CASSI) available at Sci Ref Z5523.A52 2001.If you have trouble finding the correct chemical name for a substance in the Index Guide, try to locate its Chemical Abstracts Registry Number in the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics or other handbook, then use the Registry Number Handbook to find the CA standard name.

ACS (American Chemical Society) Publications
Provides fully edited articles with complete graphics and links from all 35 ACS publications. Articles appear online anywhere from two weeks to three months before the article is available in print. Coverage extends back to 1879.

SciFinder Scholar
Provides access a wide diversity of research from many scientific disciplines, including biomedical science, chemistry, engineering, materials science and agricultural science. SciFinder includes references from over 10,000 journals and patents, discoveries from the mid-1800s to present, breakthroughs as they are published, and the world's largest collection of organic and inorganic substance information. Our license limits use to 2 simultaneous users from a pool of 3 institutions. Users must register for a username and password. Contact Laura Eiford, Science Librarian for assistance.

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

Some of the Library of Congress classifications which are of interest to students looking for books in organic chemistry are:
  • QD241 - 441: Organic Chemistry
  • QD450 - 731: Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • 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

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

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

    Organic Reactions, 61+ vols.
    QD251 .O7

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

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

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

    Organic Syntheses, 79+ vols.
    QD262 .O7

    Lange's Handbook of Chemistry
    Sci Ref QD65 .L36 2005

    Merck Index
    RS51 .M4

    News and Current Awareness

    Chemical and Engineering News
    A weekly newsmagazine published by the ACS.

    Science Now
    Part of the Science Online website from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

    How to Cite References - Format in papers is to match the current format in JACS

    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

    Science & Technical Writing: A Manual of Style
    Sci Ref T11 .S378 2001
    See Chapter 6, "Scientific Terms and Symbols," for advice on chemical terminology and chemical notation.

    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.

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