Shatford Library

Shatford Library


1. Library Catalog - Find Books, Media and Pamphlets

The Library Catalog is a database of books, media, pamphlets and course reserves located in the library's collection. To find resources in the library by subject, you will need a call number which is based on the Dewey Decimal or Library of Congress Classification System and leads you to the specific item on the shelf. To find the call number, use the library catalog. (

Basic Search

Use the Basic Search to look for an item using keyword anywhere or in a specific field (eg. title field or subject field).

To find information about a person, use the Subject tab and type the person’s name (last name, first). 
To find information on a topic, you can use your keyword search results to identify library subject headings or you can select the Subject tab and type in a library subject heading.

Examples of subject headings:

  • Chemical elements
  • Chemistry, Analytic
  • Chemistry, Inorganic
  • Chemistry, Organic
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Mineralogy, determinitive
  • Nucleic acids
  • Organic compounds
  • Periodic law
  • Ultraviolet spectroscopy

Check related subjects too:

  • Acids
  • Chemistry - Dictionaries
  • Chemistry - Encyclopedias
  • Chemistry - Tables
  • Chromotographic analysis
  • DNA
  • Molecular spectra
  • Polymerization
  • Rearrangements (chemistry)

To search for a title you have two options: 1. select title from the drop down menu (to search by title keyword) or 2. select from the drop down menu title browse, to search by exact title wording. (Skip the first word of the title if it is an article, e.g. 'a', 'an' or 'the')

To search by author, select the Author tab, then type in the author's last name, then first name, e.g. 'Pauling, Linus'.

Advanced Search

Advanced Search is used to combine topics, select search fields, and use other limitors to narrow a search.    You may want to search for an item using part of a title and selecting the title field from the drop down menu.  Another option is to search by ISBN. To search by keyword, type in the words you want to search for then select from the menu whether you want to search for all of these, any of these (e.g., RNA or ribonucleic acid), or as a phrase (e.g., chemical elements).

Examples of combined searches:

Search for: Molecule molecular [any of these words], Search in: [ Subject]
Search for: Architecture structure [any of these words], Search in: [Keyword Anywhere]

Search for: Mass spectrometry [as a phrase], Search in: [Keyword Anywhere]
Search for: Prichard Davis [all of these], Search in: [Author Name]

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2. Reference Books

Basically, there are two kinds of reference books: general resources, which are broad in scope and deal with all fields; and specialized resources, which deal with specific disciplines such as chemistry. The titles cited below are only a representative sample of many specialized reference books that are available in the library (Main floor, reference section).

Specialized Dictionaries

  • The Cassell Dictionary of Chemistry REF 540.3 H 3
  • Concise Chemical and Technical Dictionary REF 540.3 B 2
  • The Condensed Chemical Dictionary REF 540.3 C 2-3
  • A Dictionary of Chemistry REF 540.3 D 1
  • Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary REF 540.3 H 2-2
  • McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Chemistry REF 540.3 M 2

Specialized Encyclopedias

  • Concise Encyclopedia of Chemistry REF 540.3 C 3
  • The Elements REF 546 E 1
  • The Encyclopedia of the Chemical Elements REF 546.11 H 1
  • Encyclopedia of Spectroscopy REF 543.0858 P 1
  • International Encyclopedia of Chemical Science REF 540.3 I 1
  • Macmillan Encyclopedia of Chemistry REF 540.3 M 1
  • McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Chemistry REF 540.3 M 2-2
  • Van Nostrand's Encyclopedia of Chemistry REF 540.3 V 1
  • World of Chemistry REF 540.3 W 1

Handbooks, Manuals, Directories

  • The Chemist's Companion: a Handbook of Practical Data, Techniques, and References REF 540.2 G 1
  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics REF 541.9 H 1 (older copies available for check out are on the 3rd floor 541.9 H 1)
  • Handbook of Tables fro Organic Compound Identification REF 547 R 2
  • Lange's Handbook of Chemistry REF 541.9 L 1
  • Thermodynamic Constants of Inorganic and Organic Compounds REF 541.36 K 1
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3. Databases and Indexes - Find Articles

  • Start by selecting Databases by Name (
  • Off Campus Access Information
  • Proquest Thousands of journal, magazine, and newspaper articles covering all disciplines.
    Includes scholarly journal articles. If the full text of the article is not included in ProQuest check our Library Periodical Title List. ( This list can also be browsed by subject. Select "Physical Sciences and Mathematics" - then select "Chemistry, General" or another subcategory.
  • SIRS is a database of both periodicals and government resources. Look under "Government Reporter", Scientific Research, Physical Sciences, Chemistry or search by government department (eg. Energy Department, Interior Department or National Science Foundation).
  • Science Full Text Select Full text science database that covers approximately 320 journals in a broad range of science topics. Includes scholarly journal articles.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica Online The complete Encyclopedia Britannica with related web links.
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4. Resources on the World Wide Web

Finding reliable information on the web can be difficult.
Use the ipl2 site (Chemistry section) or see recommended websites below.

Chemistry Lab: Library Research Tutorial (Austin Community College)
A web-based tutorial on conducting library research.
Greener Education Materials for Chemistry (GEMs)
GEMs is an interactive collection of chemistry education materials focused on green chemistry. Searchable by keyword or category (eg. Chemistry Concepts, Laboratory Techniques, Chemistry Subdiscipline).
SIRCh: Selected Internet Resources for Chemistry A comprehensive and well-organized site originally created by Gary Wiggins @ Indiana University, now a wiki.
American Chemical Society Chemistry and Chemicals A Web directory of science resources from U.S.   government agencies.
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last updated: 07/15/2011 by A. Colby and P. Johnson revision #4