Chemistry information resources: Background information

Handbooks and data

CRC handbook of chemistry and physics [online or print]

Handbook of Porphyrin Science

Porphyrin handbook: Volumes 1-10 [print] Volumes 11-20 [print]

Lange's handbook of chemistry [online or print]

Merck index: an encyclopedia of chemicals, drugs, and biologicals [print]

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Academic Support Program

  • MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets)
  • RTECS (Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances)
  • CHEMINFO (Comprehensive health and safety information on pure chemicals)
  • OSH References (Literature from occupational health organizations in Canada, US and the UK)
  • FTSS (MSDS in French)

Dictionary of substances and their effects [print]

Handbook of basic tables for chemical analysis [online or print]

International tables for crystallography

  • Volume A: Space-group symmetry
  • Volume A1: Symmetry relations between space groups
  • Volume B: Reciprocal space
  • Volume C: Mathematical, physical and chemical tables
  • Volume D: Physical properties of crystals
  • Volume E: Subperiodic groups
  • Volume F: Crystallography of biological macromolecules
  • Volume G: Definition and exchange of crystallographic data

IUPAC-NIST Solubility Database

NIST Chemistry WebBook

NIST Physical Reference Data

Perry's chemical engineers' handbook [print]

Tables of physical and chemical constants [print]

Dictionaries and terminology

Chemistry dictionary for word processors
Download and install this dictionary created by a PhD candidate at UNC - Chapel Hill who got tired of Microsoft word underlining all his chemical terms in red as misspellings.

Dictionary of chemistry [print]

Dictionary of chemistry and chemical technology, in six languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Polish, Russian. [print]

Dictionary of named effects and laws in chemistry, physics, and mathematics. [print]

Elsevier's dictionary of industrial chemistry in six languages : English/American, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and German. [print]

Dictionary, chemistry and chemical technology : English-German. [print]    

Gardner's chemical synonyms and trade names. [print]

Hawley's condensed chemical dictionary. [print]

The Hutchinson pocket dictionary of chemistry 

IUPAC Compendium of Chemical Terminology - the Gold Book 


Dekker Encyclopedia of nanoscience and nanotechnology [online or print]

Encyclopedia of analytical science. [print]

Encyclopedia of biological chemistry [online or print]

Encyclopedia of catalysis. [print]

Encyclopedia of electrochemistry. [print]

Encyclopedia of genetics [online or print]

Encyclopedia of genetics, genomics, proteomics, and informatics

Encyclopedia of industrial chemical analysis. [print]

Encyclopedia of inorganic chemistry, 2d.ed. [print]

Encyclopedia of magnetic resonance: EMR [online or print]

Encyclopedia of nanoscience and nanotechnology. [print]

Encyclopedia of polymer science and engineering. [print]

Encyclopedia of toxicology [print]

Kirk-Othmer encyclopedia of chemical technology. [print]

Official methods of analysis of the Association of Official Analytical Chemists. [print]

Ullmann's encyclopedia of industrial chemistry. [print]

Biographical information

ACS DGRweb (Directory of Graduate Research)

American National Biography

Biographical Memoirs (from the National Academy of Sciences)

Chemical Genealogy Database

Complete dictionary of scientific biography

  • Dictionary of scientific biography (1970-1980)
  • New dictionary of scientific biography (2008)

Dictionary of scientists. Oxford Reference

International encyclopedia of women scientists. [print]

International women in science : a biographical dictionary to 1950. [print]

Obituaries and biographical notes 
Published in Angewandte Chemie, Chemische Berichte, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, Helvetica Chimica Acta, Liebigs Annalen and European Journal of Organic Chemistry

Prominent scientists : an index to collective biographies. [print]

Women in chemistry and physics : a biobibliographic sourcebook. [print]

World who's who in science: a biographical dictionary of notable scientists from antiquity to the present. [print]