Frankfurt: Beilstein Information, 1997–. The world’s largest database of references to publications about organic compounds, based on Beilstein’s Handbook for Organic Chemistry. The work covers organic chemistry research back to 1771, updated with the contents of current journals. Inorganic compounds are covered in Gmelin’s Handbuch der Anorganischen Chemie. Both of these may be available through the CrossFire platform or, with the addition of a patents database, Reaxys.
Columbus: American Chemical Society, 1907–. A comprehensive index to chemistry publications. Searches can be conducted by author, subject, chemical structure, formula, and more. Online access is provided through the services STN and SciFinder Scholar.
http://www.chm.bris.ac.uk/motm/motm.htm. Provides detailed graphic and textual information on molecules, from mustard gas to aspirin. Pages are contributed by chemists in universities and research labs around the world. Emphasis is on molecules of popular interest. The site is maintained by Paul May at the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol.
http://webbook.nist.gov/chemistry. Provides chemical structure and thermochemical data for over 6,500 organic and small inorganic compounds and over 9,800 reactions as well as a variety of spectra data. A service of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the site is searchable by physical property, name, formula, and more.
http://www.webelements.com. Offers information about elements based on the periodic table. The site includes data about physical, electronic, and nuclear properties as well as information about abundance, use, and more. The site is maintained by Mark Winter at the University of Sheffield.
Ed. J. J. Lagowski. 4 vols. New York: Macmillan Reference, 2004. Covers basic information on elements, biochemistry, applied chemistry, biographies of important chemists, and chemistry-related topics in other areas such as medicine, environmental chemistry, and energy.
Ed. Leo A. Paquette. 2nd ed. 14 vols. Chichester: Wiley, 2009. Comprehensively covers over 4,000 reagents in alphabetical order. The work is indexed by formula, reagent structural class, and reagent function. Each article includes ring diagrams and a bibliography of research sources. The online version is called e-EROS.
5th ed. 27 vols. New York: Wiley, 2007. Provides in-depth articles on chemical properties, manufacturing, and technology. A two-volume concise edition is also available.
Ed. Maryadele J. O’Neil. 14th ed. Whitehouse Station: Merck, 2006. Contains about 10,000 entries on chemicals, including many pharmaceuticals, as well as chemical formulas, properties, uses, and references to literature.
Ed. Robin V. Young. Detroit: Gale Group, 2000. A collection of articles on theories, discoveries, concepts, and key scientists in chemistry.