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Notable Acquisitions

ACS Journal Archives

Stanford users now have desktop access to the complete online archive of the American Chemical Society (ACS) journals. Covering almost 120 years, the ACS Journal Archives consists of more than 11,000 journal issues, 500,000 articles, and 2.5 million pages of the most cited chemistry research. It is possible to search the full-text for all years and to display articles of interest as PDF images. Within this past year, ACS journals were accessed 41,000 times on campus!

Crystal Structure Databases

Structure of chemical substances determines not only the appearance of materials, but also their properties. One of the most important tools for understanding chemical structures is the computer, both for calculating structures and visualizing them. Combining computers with communication means that the secrets and beauty of chemical structures can be revealed to everyone.

The Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) and the Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD), two key crystal structure databases that are now available to Stanford students, faculty, and staff. The CSD contains crystal structure information for over 257,000 organic and metal organic compounds. The Inorganic Crystal Structure Database is the world’s largest inorganic crystal structure database, containing more than 64,000 inorganic compounds. Information in both the CSD and the ICSD includes bibliographic information as well as structural and experimental information for each crystal. Chemical structures and crystal structures can be displayed in 3D.

Knovel: Sci-Tech Handbooks

Site licensed by the Stanford University Libraries, Knovel is a rapidly growing web service that contains a collection the full text of some of the most important handbooks in science and engineering. For example, CRC Press’ Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, Perry’s Chemical Engineers Handbook, Mark’s Handbook of Mechanical Engineering, and Roark’s Formulas for Stress and Strain are all available via Knovel. The Knovel collection currently includes 16,000,000 data records, growing at 1,000,000 per month, and 450,000 pages, growing at 15,000 pages per month. Knovel is the only provider of aggregated data that enables users to search across text, tables, numeric, data, graphs, and equations. Numeric range searching returns hard-to-find property values. Tables, graphs, and equations are interactive. A user can sort and query tabular information and interact with graphs and calculate and plot equations using the “graph calculator.” Data can be saved, printed, and exported to spreadsheet, word processing, power point, and calculation programs.

Science of Synthesis: Houben-Weyl Methods of Molecular Transformations

To be published between 2000 and 2009 in 48 volumes and available electronically, Science of Synthesis (SoS) covers the entire field of organic and organometallic synthetic chemistry, giving researchers access to more than 800,000 structures, 180,000 reactions, and 18,000 experimental procedures. SoS is the entirely new edition of Houben-Weyl, the standard synthetic chemistry resource since 1909. Selected by 250 leading chemists in the field, SoS provides a comprehensive and critical selection of reliable organic and organometallic synthetic methods from journals, books and patent literature from the early 1800s to present. Methods include relevant background information and provide detailed experimental procedures. It is the only source detailed enough to enable users to synthesize a compound without reading an original literature reference. The information is organized in a highly intuitive, hierarchical system based on the compound or functional group to be synthesized, thereby enabling chemists to readily find the information they need. Swain has purchased the print copy of this series.

Stanford Chemistry Department History, 1891–1976

To make early history of the Stanford Chemistry Department more readily available to new faculty in the Chemistry Department as well as other readers, this past summer the Swain Library scanned and made the images available for this book: The Department of Chemistry, Stanford University, 1891–1976: a brief account of the first eighty-five years / Eric Hutchinson, Stanford, Calif.: Dept. of Chemistry, Stanford University, 1977, 122 p.
Stanford Chemistry Department History, 1891–1976 (online)



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