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Chemistry - Referenence Sources

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Scroll down for a list of some key resources in the field of Chemistry. These titles are located in the reference section.  You can click on this link to perform a search in SAILS using the topic Chemistry
 
Encyclopedia of chemistry
Rittner, Don.; Rittner has written magazine articles and books about science for the general public for some 30 years; Bailey is with the chemistry department of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. They present a reference text for high school- and college-level readers, covering the basic concepts of chemistry and its peripheral disciplines. Arranged in alphabetical order, the 2,000-plus cross-referenced entries include biographies of individuals who have made major contributions. The text also includes four essays on compounds, the functions within a crime lab, molecular modeling, and the presence of chemistry in everyday life, as well as appendices on web resources, chemistry software, the Periodic Table of Elements, chemical reaction types, and metals and alloys.
REF QD 4 R57 2005

Van Nostrand's chemical encyclopedia
A previous edition of this work is cited in Books for College Libraries, 3d ed. and Guide to Reference Books as Van Nostrand Reinhold Encyclopedia of Chemistry, and in Walford under the present title. Encompassing a wide range of topics now pertinent to chemistry, 1,350 entries are new to this edition in the subjects of nanotechnology, fuel cell technology, green chemistry, forensic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, combinatorial chemistry, and materials chemistry. The other entries have been revised and updated, the subject index has been expanded, and more biographies have been added. The editors have requested particular emphasis from their writers on several factors, including advanced processes, strategic raw materials, chemistry of metals, energy sources and conversion, wastes and pollution, analytical instrumentation, growing use of food chemicals, structure of matter, new and improved materials, plant chemistry, and biochemistry and biotechnology. The entries are written with both student and the specialist in mind, and include basic description and history as well as advanced concepts and applications. The entries are signed and include a brief list of additional reading. Some also include lists of web references.
REF QD 4 V36 2005

Lange's handbook of chemistry
Dean, John Aurie, 1921- ; Revered as the standard reference for chemists for more than 60 years, this new edition of Lange's brings chemistry professionals, students, and anyone interested in science an enormous compilation of facts, data, tabular material, and experimental findings in every area of chemistry. Included in this massive compendium are listings of the properties of approximately 4,000 organic and 1,400 inorganic compounds. The 15th Edition includes new material on separation methods and analytical chemistry; statistical methods; polymers; rubbers, fats, oils, and waxes; new inorganic compounds; IUPAC nomenclature of organic compounds; updated lists of physical and chemical symbols; definitions and abbreviations; new tables, charts, and illustrations; with SI units used throughout (conversion tables supplied).
REF QD 65 L36 1999

Macmillan encyclopedia of chemistry
Comprehensive and up-to-date, this unique four-volume set offers readers a complete overview of the broad spectrum of general chemistry. It enables them to obtain a basic, yet thorough understanding of matter, the processes it undergoes, the principles that govern it, and the international cast of men and women who have been critical in the development of the science of chemistry. From elements, atoms, and molecules to terochemistry, spectroscopy, and chemical bonding, its clear and concise explanations provide an illuminating and readily comprehensible introduction. Key presentations include forty element definition articles, each providing basic periodic table information and general information on the element in question. Ninety-five biographical articles deal with prominent chemists, while other articles provide additional historical context, particularly with respect to eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century developments.
REF QD 4 M33 1997 V.1-4

Hawley's condensed chemical dictionary
"Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary," 15th Edition is a compilation of technical data and descriptive information covering thousands of chemicals and chemical phenomena, trade name products, processes, reactions, products, and related terminology. Updates and expands the coverage from the previous edition. Adds entries for notable chemists and Nobel Prize winners, equipment and devices, natural forms and minerals, named reactions, and chemical processes. Provides concise, condensed, and prompt definitions of terms and phenomena in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, and more. Is ideal for those with only minutes to devote to any given chemical substance or topic.
REF QD 5 C5 1993

McGraw-Hill encyclopedia of chemistry
Focusing on the main branches of modern chemistry, this alphabetical reference investigates such subdivisions as analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry, as well as touching on relevant topics from related disciplines, such as biochemistry, physics, molecular biology, and materials science. In some 900 articles, it discusses such subjects as chemical bonding, heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis, photochemistry, reactive intermediates, high- pressure processes, delocalization, sonochemistry, molecular orbital theory, electron transfer reaction, and light-scattering photometry.
REF QD 5 M36 1993