Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy

Fall 2011

Listed in: Chemistry, as CHEM-351; Elizabeth R. Young (Section 01)

  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Web Resources
  • Citing Sources

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

SciFinder (1907 to present)
Covers scholarly journals in all areas of chemistry.

Web of Science (1984 to present)
Search thousands of journals across the sciences and social sciences and track cited references to locate more recent articles.

INSPEC (1969 to present)
Index of publications in all areas of physics, engineering, and computer sciences.


Oxford Reference
Digitized entries from Oxford's Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias, spanning multiple subject areas.

Lindon, John C., ed. Encyclopedia of spectroscopy and spectrometry. San Diego, CA : Academic Press, c2000. 3 vols. (SCI REF QD95 .E55 2000)

Van Nostrand's encyclopedia of chemistry. Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley-Interscience, c2005. (SCI REF QD4 .V36 2005)

Meyers, Robert A., ed. Encyclopedia of Physical Science and Technology. San Diego, CA : Academic Press, c2002. (SCI REF Q123 .E497 2002)

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. 10th ed. New York : McGraw-Hill, 2007. 20 vols. (SCI REF Q121 M3 2007)

Web Resources

Index to Physical, Chemical and Other Property Data look up a property and find out where to find it
Spectra and Spectral Data Resources to locate spectral information (University of Texas at Austin)
Translate journal abbreviation using JAbbr, All that JAS or CASSI from the American Chemical Society

Citing Sources

Knowing when and how to cite sources in your paper can be tricky. The tools below can help you collect, manage, and properly reference the books, journal articles, etc. that you make use of.


Writer's Handbook from the University of Wisconsin/Madison: How to cite sources; sample documents and forms; advice on grammar, etc.
Avoiding Plagiarism from the Dean of Students Office provides strategies for ensuring proper attribution of sources.

Citing just got easier

Zotero is a free plug-in for Firefox that helps you collect, manage, and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. Tutorials and Documentation are also available.

Style Manuals

The ACS (American Chemical Society) Style Guide : effective communication of scientific information. 3rd ed. Washington, DC : American Chemical Society, 2006. (SCI REF QD8.5 A25 2006)
Online Guide from ACS website
Online PDF from Penn State