About Swain’s Collections
Locating Materials |
Collection Development Policy |
Notable Acquisitions |
Suggestions for Purchase
Online Resources |
Major Print Resources |
Swain Library offers broad coverage of chemistry and chemical engineering in a collection
of over 40,000 volumes and about 250 current journal subscriptions. Chemistry and Chemical
Engineering theses 1950–present are also at Swain (digital versions available
1989–present). To help use materials on-site, there are 16 computers, 1 scanner, 2
photocopiers, 3 black & white printers, 1 color printer, and 1 microfiche/film reader
printer. A cash-to-card dispenser for photocopying and printing is also available in Swain.
The library provides access to a number of online databases such as Cambridge Structural
Database, Derwent Innovations Index, Engineering Village, Reaxys, SciFinder, and Web of Science.
Please note that license agreements for many electronic resources restrict access to current
Stanford students, faculty, and staff. Alerting services are available for some databases.
Access to other digital resources includes a growing number of e-books and e-journals plus
campus-wide site licenses for software such as ACD’s Spectral/Physical Properties,
ChemBioOffice Ultra, and PyMOL. See
for information about resources on the web.
Major Print Resources
Major printed reference sources include Chemical Abstracts (1907–2001), Beilstein
Handbook of Organic Chemistry, Gmelin Handbook of Inorganic and Organometallic
Chemistry, Houben-Weyl Methoden der Organischen Chemie/Science of Synthesis, and Sadtler
Spectra (IR, Proton-NMR, C13-NMR). Specialized indexes include: Bibliographic Notebooks
for Organometallic Chemistry, Catalysts and Catalysed Reactions, Mass Spectrometry
Bulletin, Methods in Organic Synthesis, and Natural Product Updates.
Bio-Rad spectra, ACS Supplemental Materials, and several journal titles are available