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REFERENCE COLLECTION (reference books, not for check-out)                                   CALL NUMBER

VanNostrand’s Scientific Encyclopedia                                                                  Ref Q 121 .V3 2002 (v. 1-v. 2)

Hawley’s Condensed Chemistry Dictionary                                                          Ref QD 5 .C5 2001

Cassell Dictionary of Chemistry                                                                                  Ref QD 5 .H347 1998

ACS (American Chemical Society) Style Guide (3rd ed.)                                   Ref QD 8.5 .A25 2006

CRC Handbook of Laboratory Safety                                                                        Ref QD 51 .C73 2000

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics                                                               Ref QD 65 .H3 2010/2011

Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary                                                                 Ref QD 121 .D73 2007

Handbook of Inorganic Chemistry                                                                            Ref QD 155.5 .P37 2003

Mosby’s Medical Dictionary                                                                                        Ref R 121 .M89 2006 (and 2002)

Stedman’s Medical Dictionary                                                                                    Ref R 121 .S8 2000

The Essential Guide to Prescription Drugs 2002                                                   Ref RS 51 .E85 2002

PDR (Physician’s Desk Reference)                                                                            Ref RS 75 .P5 2012

AHFS (Amer. Society of Health-System Pharmacists) Drug Information  Ref RS 125 .A56 2002

Drug Identification Bible – (Illicit Drugs)                                                                  Ref RS 190 .D77 D78 2004/2005

Merck Index                                                                                                                      Ref RS 356 .M524 2001

Lange’s Handbook of Chemistry (15th ed.)                                                            Ref TP 151 .H25 1999


All of these resources are located in the reference collection on the 2nd floor of the Broken Arrow Campus Library (on the side of the room where the circulation/reference desk is).  The above books are for use in the library only – you cannot check them out.


CIRCULATING COLLECTION (circulating books)

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Chemistry                                                                 QD 5 .M36 1983

Facts on File Chemistry Handbook                                                                            QD 65 .F33 2001

Chemist’s Handbook: a Handbook of Practical Data, Techniques, etc.      QD 65 .G64


These titles (and more) are located in the regular circulating collection on the 2nd floor of the Broken Arrow Campus Library (on the side of the room across/furthest from the circulation/reference desk).  These items are available for check-out.




To access the below databases, go to the library’s main page (, click on “Articles and Databases,” then select the “Natural Sciences and Mathematics” link.


Remember the two most important Boolean operators (AND and OR).  If your searches are retrieving too many hits, try narrowing your search with AND (e.g., methylprednisolone AND synthesis).  If you are getting too few, try OR (e.g., nitrazepam OR flunitrazepan).


ACS (American Chemistry Society) Publications



General Science Full Text

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition


OmniFile Full Text Mega

Science Direct


And, if we do not have access to an article you need in our print collection or online, you can always place a request with our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) department. This service is available at no cost to you.




ACS ChemWorxinformation a free total research management and storage system that combines reference discovery and management, professional networking, group and task management and manuscript preparation in a single interface accessible from anywhere.

ChemIDPlus – Provides information on 390,000+ chemicals including synonyms and structures.

ChemSpider  – Links together compound information across the web, providing free text and structure search access of millions of chemical structures.

Highwire -- Hosts publications from researchers, clinicians, students, and other scholars seeking the best online research from a vast database of full-text scholarly, high-impact materials. (Stanford University)

USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office)

Chemistry and Pharmaceuticals Searching Best Practices (Intellogist)

NSU College of Optometry Resources

General Online Reference Sources

College of Chemistry (at Berkeley)

UCLA Virtual Library of Chemistry

Organic Chemistry Lab Techniques (videos)

Webelements Periodic Table

Polymer Science and Technology Interdisciplinary Research Center

Ponder Lab (Computational Chemistry and Molecular Modeling)

Common Chemistry (Free database courtesy of the Chemical Abstract Society)




When using the work of other people, always remember to

·         Give credit if you use their words (quotation).

·         Give credit if you use their sentiments or ideas (paraphrasing/summarizing)

·         Give credit if you use their methods, techniques, or conclusions (replication/modification of prior work).

Avoid accidental plagiarism through proper citation methods.



ACS (American Chemistry Society) STYLE GUIDE

American Chemistry Society (ACS)


Non-ACS Style Guides



EVALUATING SOURCES (some things to consider)

“Scholarly” (Peer-Reviewed) versus “Popular” Journals

Wikipedia – a great starting point.

Open web versus proprietary online databases?

Remember to ask yourself the five “Ws” – “Who, what, when, where, and why?”


It is important to distinguish between review articles and research articles. A review article’s primary purpose is not to present new research, but to summarize, analyze, discuss, and provide an overview of previously published work on a topic. A research article is designed to present new research, methods, and/or findings.  Research articles often employ the IMRAD (Introduction, Methods, Research, and Discussion) format.

The Structure, Format, Content and Style of a Journal-Style Scientific Paper (Bates College)

The IMRAD Research Paper Format (Introduction, Methods, Research and Discussion)

Reading Scientific Articles (Stanford University)




Class Q  (Science)

Subclass QD (Chemistry)


QD 1 – QD 999   Chemistry

     QD 1-65                General (including alchemy)

     QD 71-142           Analytical chemistry

     QD 146-197         Inorganic chemistry

     QD 241-441         Organic chemistry

     QD 415-436              Biochemistry

     QD 450-801         Physical and theoretical chemistry

     QD 625-655              Radiation chemistry

     QD 701-731              Photochemistry

     QD 901-999         Crystallography



Class R (Medicine)


Subclass RS (Pharmacy and materia medica)


RS 1- RS 441             Pharmacy and materia medica

     RS 125-131.9            Formularies.  Collected prescriptions.

     RS 139-141.9            Pharmacopoeias

     RS 151.2-151.9       Dispensatories

     RS 153-441               Materia medica

     RS 160-167                    Pharmacognosy.  Pharmaceutical substances (plant, animal, and inorganic)

     RS 189-190                    Assay methods.  Standardization.  Analysis

     RS 192-199                    Pharmaceutical technology

     RS 200-201                    Pharmaceutical dosage forms

     RS 250-252                    Commercial preparations.  Patent medicines

     RS 355-356                    Pharmaceutical supplies

     RS 400-431                    Pharmaceutical chemistry

     RS 441                             Microscopic examination of drugs