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Finding Chemical Compounds

Beilsteins Handbuch der organischen Chemie by Beilstein, Friedrich Konrad

Call Number: QD251.B4 V.1

Finding Information in Beilstein:

For most practical purposes there are three main ways of searching:

1.) Direct search of the volumes using the rules of the Beilstein system as explained in the Beilstein Guide [QD251.B43W44 1976 Reference Room].

2.) Indirect search using the various indexes. In most cases the simplest procedure is to use the Molecular Formula Index.

3.) Direct search using the reference number (volume + page number) for the compound as found in the Sigma-Aldrich Catalog [TP202.A38 Reference Desk] or in other sources. In many cases this is the simplest and fastest way to access Beilstein's information on a given compound. If a compound is not found in the Aldrich Catalog one can often find a similar compound (similar structural formula) in the catalog and in many cases the required compound will be found near that one in Beilstein.

Chemical Abstracts by American Chemical Society. Chemical Abstracts Service.

Call Number: REF QD1 .A51

More information on how to use Chemical Abstracts can be found in the PDF below:

Using Chemical Abstracts

Handbook of Data and Organic Compounds by Robert C. Weast

Call Number: QD257.7.H36 1989 V.1

ISBN: 0849304202

Publication Date: 1989-02-01

Entries include names and a short list of synonyms, CAS Numbers, formulae, structural representations, references to the compound in the print Beilstein Handbuch or the Merck Index, melting point or boiling point, density (when applicable), solubilities, and spectral peaks for mass spectra, infrared spectra, Raman spectra, and proton NMR. The source includes name, CAS Number, and formula indices.

The Merck Index by Maryadele J. O'Neil (Editor)

Call Number: RS51 .M4 2013

ISBN: 1849736707

Publication Date: 2013-04-30

The Merck Index is the definitive reference work for scientists and professionals looking for authoritative information on chemicals, drugs and biologicals. The Merck Index contains over 10,000 monographs with information relating to compounds of significance in research, commerce and environmental impact.


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Citations & Support

Citing Your Sources

The links below point to brief informational guides for creating accurate citations. For more complete information, consult the original books at the library (see call numbers below) or contact a librarian.




Ref. BF 76.7 .P83 2010


Author-Date System

Notes-Bibliography Style

Ref. Z 253.U69 2010
Online Manual






Ref.  LB2369.G53 2016





 Full IEEE Manual

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Citation Management Tools


RefWorks  EasyBib EDu


RefWorks is a tool that will help you manage the resources you use for your research, and create citations and bibliographies when you write your papers. The RefWorks User Guide will help you set up your RefWorks account and get started using it.


EasyBib is a citation and research management tool that helps you create citations for your sources and keep you organized during the research process. The EasyBib EDU User Guide will help you set up your EasyBib EDU account and get started using it.

As of July 15, 2018, EasyBib EDU will no longer be available. Learn more.



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