Chemistry

Searching For a Compound

There are many ways you can describe a compound in order to search for it within a database.  Consider your options and what types of descriptions the particular database will accept.  If you get zero results, try another way before moving on to another resource.

Chemical name/synonyms
Common/trivial name
Molecular formula
Empirical formula
Structure
CAS Registry Number

For example, consider ethanol:

ethanol
ethyl alcohol
ethyl hydroxide
C2H6O
H3C-CH2-OH
CAS# 64-17-15

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Citing Your Sources

The style mainly used for Chemistry is:

However, you should follow the instructions given by your professor, editor, or journal first. See the Citation Resources page for more detailed information on citation styles.

Whitworth Departments

How to Find Books

In the Library of Congress classification system used by the Whitworth Library, chemistry books in both the main collection and reference (non-circulating) collection are shelved under call numbers beginning with these letters:

QD1 - 65
General Chemistry
QD71-142
Analytical chemistry
QD146-197
Inorganic chemistry
QD241-441
Organic chemistry
QD415-436
Biochemistry
QD450-801
Physical and theoretical chemistry
QD625-655
Radiation chemistry
QD701-731
Photochemistry
QD901-999
Crystallography

To search for both print books and e-books owned by the library, use the Library Catalog tab above.  E-books can also be found via the Electronic Books tab above.


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Marianne Stowell Bracke
Contact:
116 Cowles Library
509.777.4483