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SAILS, Learning Resources Center's online catalog contains all the books and other materials that the Library purchases. Use it to search for a specific author or title or to compile a bibliography on a specific topic. The Learning Resources Center uses Library of Congress Subject Headings. To find books on a particular subject, use the Keyword search option. Then look at the subjects under which it has been cataloged to find additional items on the subject.

Massachusetts Virtual Catalog

The Virtual Catalog is the easiest way to get a book if you can't find it in the SAILS online catalog. The Virtual Catalog is the combined catalog of Bridgewater State College, CLAMS Library Network, Central/Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing, Inc.(C/W Mars), Fenway Libraries Online (FLO), Merrimack Valley Library Consortium, MetroBoston Library Network, Minuteman Library Network, North of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE), Old Colony Library Network (OCLN), SAILS Library Network (SAILS), University of Massachusetts, Boston, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and Westfield State College

After doing a search in SAILS, you can click the "Search the Virtual Catalog".   You can also click on the link for the Virtual Catalog to log into the virtual catalog directly.

The Virtual Catalog allows library users in good standing to:

  • Simultaneously search several library catalogs.
  • Request items that are unavailable at any SAILS Library.
  • Have a total of 5 active requests at any time.

Credo Reference

Listed below are some of the titles available in Credo Reference under the heading of "Chemistry".

McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Science and Technology
• The most widely used science reference of its kind
• Many concise articles covering more than 90 disciplines of science and technology, all in one volume
• Based on the content of the world-respected McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, 9th Edition
• More than 1600 two-color illustrations
• Extensively updated with 1500 new and rewritten articles
• Includes coverage of the hottest areas of science and technology, including biomedical science, chemistry, cosmology, information science, environmental science, nanotechnology, and theoretical physics.

McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
Serves the needs of both the scientific community and the general reader for high quality information, and contributes to scientific education and technological literacy.

Illustrated Dictionary of Science, Andromeda
A well-organized dictionary of science covering all the major scientific disciplines: physics, chemistry, biology, ecology, medicine and physiology, and the Earth sciences. Its entries also explain terms belonging to the history of science and include brief biographies of important scientists. Diagrams and artworks illustrate key concepts of science. The lavishly illustrated entries explaining such topics as the solar system, plant evolution, skeletons and muscles, or geological time scale are a unique feature of this dictionary.

The Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientific Biography
Provides an authoritative and accessible to the lives and achievements of the men and women who have shaped science.

Academic Press Dictionary of Science and Technology
Contains complete, up-to-date definitions for all areas of science and technology. The definitions are clear and accessible to the nonspecialist, yet they provide all the technical information that the specialist needs. Entries range from large general fields, such as Medicine, to newer, highly focused fields, such as Chaos.

The Cambridge Dictionary of Scientists
This alphabetically organized, illustrated biographical dictionary covers key scientists from 40 countries. Fields represented include physics, chemistry, biology, geology, astronomy, mathematics, medicine, meteorology and technology, with special attention paid to pioneer women whose achievements and example opened the way to scientific careers for others.