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Subject Guides Prepared by the Swain Library

General Guide | Analytical Chemistry | Biotechnology | Chemical Laboratory Safety | Crystallography | Drug Information | Inorganic Chemistry | Life Scientists | Physical Chemistry | Polymer Chemistry | Searching the Internet | Spectral Information

Guide to Selected Physical Chemistry Resources for Chemists at Stanford University

The Review Article: A Logical Point for Starting Relevant Research (pdf) (Annual Reviews, 2006)

Library Catalogs

Library of Congress Subject Headings

The official subject term or heading for physical chemistry is Chemistry, Physical and Theoretical. To identify related subject headings (broader and narrower terms), browse Chemistry, Physical and Theoretical as a subject (example below).

Image of Socrates display of subject Physical Chemistry

The above link leads to:

For the subject Chemistry, Physical and theoretical
search also under the broader term: Chemistry
search also under the narrower term: Absorption
search also under the narrower term: Acid-base chemistry
search also under the narrower term: Acids--Basicity
search also under the narrower term: Allotropy
search also under the narrower term: Atmospheric chemistry

Classification Web (Library of Congress Call Numbers)

Classification Web is a tool that you can use to identify relevant call numbers. The list below is available in the Hierarchical Classification Browser part of the web site.

Browsing is a great way to identify potential items of interest. Below are call numbers for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry (QD 450–QD 801). Note that you can virtually browse the shelves for a library by using the Browse Call Number feature in Socrates.

Class. Number Subject Heading
QD450–882 Physical and theoretical chemistry
Cf. QC170–197 Constitution and properties of matter
QD450 Periodicals, societies, congresses, serial publications
QD450.2 Collected works (nonserial)
QD451 Dictionaries and encyclopedias
QD451.5 Nomenclature, terminology, notation, abbreviations
QD452–452.5 History
QD453–453.2 General works, treatises, and textbooks
QD455 Addresses, essays, lectures
QD455.2 Special aspects of the subject as a whole
QD455.3.A–Z Special topics, A–Z
QD455.5–457.2 Study and teaching. Research
QD458 Handbooks, tables, formulas, etc.
QD461 Atomic and molecular theory and structure. Laws of chemical combination and chemical bonds. Molecular dimensions
Cf. QD469 Valence
QD461.5 Excited state chemistry
QD462–462.9 Quantum chemistry
QD463–464 Atomic and molecular weights
QD466–469 Chemical elements
QD470 Allotropy
QD471 Chemical compounds — Structure and formulas. Including isomerism, mesomerism, tautomerism
Cf. QD481 Stereochemistry
QD473 Physical properties in relation to structure. Including odor, color, and optical properties
Cf. QD441 Colored organic compounds
Cf. QD931–947 Physical properties of crystals
QD474 Complex compounds. Including clathrate and coordination compounds, chelates, and hydrates
Cf. QD410–412.5 Organometallic compounds
QD475 Physical inorganic chemistry
QD476 Physical organic chemistry
QD476.2 Physical biochemistry
QD477 Acids and bases (General theory)
QD478 Solids. Solid state chemistry (Inorganic and organic)
Cf. QC176–176.9 Solid state physics
Cf. QD506–509 Surface chemistry
Cf. QD901–999 Crystallography
Cf. TN689–693 Physical metallurgy
QD480 Models of atoms, molecules, or chemical compounds
QD481 Stereochemistry. Molecular rotation
Cf. QP517.S83 Biochemistry
QD501–505.5 Conditions and laws of chemical reactions
QD505.8 Chemiluminescence
QD506–509 Surface chemistry
QD510–536 Thermochemistry
Cf. QC301–310 Change of state (Physics)
Cf. QD79.T38 Thermal analysis (Analytical chemistry)
Cf. QD117.T4 Thermal analysis, Quantitative
Cf. QD157 Electric furnace operations (Inorganic chemistry)
Cf. QD277 Electric furnace operations (Organic chemistry)
QD538 Chemistry of high and low pressures
QD540–549.2 Theory of solution
Cf. QC182–197 Special properties of matter
Cf. QD565 Electrolyte solutions
QD551–578 Electrochemistry. Electrolysis
Cf. QC610.3–612 Electric conductivity, electromotive force
Cf. QD115–116 Electrochemical analysis
Cf. QD272.E4 Electrochemical analysis of organic compounds
Cf. QD273 Electrochemistry of organic compounds
Cf. QD880 Electrochemistry of supramolecular compounds
Cf. QP517.B53 Bioelectrochemistry
Cf. TP250–261 Industrial electrochemistry
QD581 Plasma chemistry
Cf. TP156.P5 Industrial plasma chemistry
QD591 Magnetochemistry
Cf. QD940 Magnetic properties of crystals
QD601–607 Radiochemistry. Nuclear chemistry
Cf. QC794.95–798 Radioactivity, radioactive substances in nuclear physics
Cf. TK9350 Nuclear engineering
Cf. TP249 Industrial radiochemistry. Industrial radiation chemistry
QD625–655 Radiation chemistry
Cf. QC474–496.9 Radiation physics
Cf. TA418.6 Radiation effects and tests of materials
Cf. TP249 Industrial radiochemistry. Industrial radiation chemistry
QD701–731 Photochemistry
Cf. QD275 Organic photochemistry
Cf. QD578 Photoelectrochemistry
Cf. QP517.P45 Photobiochemistry
Cf. TP249.5 Industrial photochemistry
Cf. TR200–222 Photographic chemistry
QD801 Sonochemistry
Cf. TP156.A33 Industrial use of sounds and ultrasonics

Abstracts and Indexes

SciFinder on the web / SciFinder Scholar (1907–present, plus >133,000 pre-1907 journal records)
Available via SciFinder on the web and the SciFinder Scholar client, Chemical Abstracts Online is the most comprehensive index in chemistry and chemical engineering. It includes 9,500 journals, patents, dissertations, conference proceedings, technical reports, and books. Cited references from 1997 to the present are also available. Bibliographic information and available abstracts for the articles from nearly 1,500 key chemical journals are added within 1 week of journal receipt. Updated daily.
Web of Science (1900–present)
WoS includes Science Citation Index (SciSearch), the multidisciplinary scientific and technical database. Produced by Thomson Scientific, it contains bibliographic information and cited references from approximately 5,900 of the world’s leading scientific, technical, and medical journals. Records from January 1991 to the present include abstracts and keywords. Authors, bibliographic information, cited references, and keywords are searchable. Updated weekly.
INSPEC (1898–present)
INSPEC (Information Service for Physics, Electronics, and Computing) provides a comprehensive index to the published literature in physics, electrical/electronic engineering, computing, control engineering, information technology, production, manufacturing and mechanical engineering as well as materials science, oceanography, nuclear engineering, geophysics, biomedical engineering and biophysics. It includes about 4,000 journals, books, conferences, dissertations, patents, and reports. Updated weekly.
A free federated vertical search portal for 15 professional scholarly societies (Acoustical Society of America, American Geophysical Union, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Institute of Physics, American Physical Society, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Vacuum Society, The Electrochemical Society, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Institute of Physics Publishing, Optical Society of America, Society of Automotive Engineers, Society for Industrial and Applie Mathematics and SPIE). More professional scholarly societies will be joining this venture. Content sources include: three million articles and conference proceedings 50 million patents from the world’s major patent offices full-text documents from the US Dept of Energy Information Bridge site.

Books Series & eBook Sites

Selected Book Series

Advances in Chemical Physics
Swain Serials: Shelved by series title
No online version access
Advances in Physical Organic Chemistry
Advances in Quantum Chemistry
Annual Reports in Computational Chemistry
Annual Reports on the Progress of Chemistry — Section C Physical Chemistry
Annual Review of Physical Chemistry
Comprehensive Chemical Kinetics
Data Handling in Science and Technology
Studies in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

Selected eBook Sites

eBrary for Libraries
34,131 Titles Available for Stanford Users
Full-text searching and retrieval of over 34,000 titles in various disciplines. Special ebrary browser plug-in required. Stanford’s subscription allows printing and copying from ebrary at no charge, although some titles have restrictions on the number of pages that may be printed or copied.
Google Books
Book Search works just like web search. Depending on copyright status and publisher permissions, you may be able to view a preview or the full text. Reference pages for books include links to book reviews, web references, maps and more. Currently, Google is connecting readers with books in two ways: the Partner Program and the Library Project (Stanford is a participant).
Knovel Library
1,460 Titles Available for Stanford Users
Knovel Library combines essential and authoritative reference books and databases from more than 30 Sci-Tech publishers and professional societies including, McGraw Hill, John Wiley, Elsevier, Springer, and American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Using Advanced Search feature, it is possible to search numeric ranges for physical properties. It is also possible to sort, filter and export data from “live tables”, resolve equations and plot graphs, capture values from existing graphs and perform “what if” experiments on the data. Learn more about Knovel’s tools.
14,916 Titles Available for Stanford Users
As of early January 2008, MyiLibrary includes the full-text for 14,916 books for Stanford users. Here’s breakdown of titles by publisher: Cambridge University Press (3,037 titles), Elsevier Science & Technology (3,009 titles), Oxford University Press (2,168 titles), and Springer (6,702 titles).


IUPAC Compendium of Chemical Terminology (Gold Book)
The definitive guide to chemical terminology; it now contains more than 7000 entries, is easy to browse, search, and navigate.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Science and Technical Terms
Includes 110,000+ definitions; part of the Access Science site that also contains the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology.
Oxford Reference Online
Information from 175+ Oxford reference titles, many of which are in-depth, scholarly articles from titles in the acclaimed Oxford Companions series, plus all 20,000 quotations from the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.
Quantities, Units and Symbols in Physical Chemistry (Green Book)
Readable compilation of widely used terms and symbols from many sources together with brief understandable definitions. Full text PDF with bookmark by chapters and sections is available.

Directories and Organizations

ACS Directory of Graduate Research
DGRweb, the searchable online version of the ACS Directory of Graduate Research (DGR), is the most comprehensive source of information on chemical research and researchers at universities in the U.S. and Canada.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Includes an online version of American Men and Women of Science.

Selected Professional Societies

American Association of Physics Teachers
American Chemical Society. Chemical Education Division.
American Chemical Society. Physical Chemistry Division.
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
American Physical Society (APS)
Biophysical Society
Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft = German Physical Society (in German)
European Federation of Biophysics
European Physical Society (EPS)
European Society for Applied Physical Chemistry (EuroStar)
Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (FACS)
Institute of Physics (IoP)
International Association of Mathematical Physics
International Union for Pure and Applied Biophysics
International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
International Union of Pure and Applied Physics
Max Planck Society
Swiss Physical Society

For links to more organizations, please see Swain Library’s Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Organizations page

Educational Resources

Journal of Chemical Education Online
JCE Digital Library
Do keyword search in search box on left side.
Journal of Chemical Education — JCE Web Software
Available via subscription to Stanford users.
JCE — DigiDemos — Browse Table of Contents
Includes brief descriptions of demos and provides links to full text in JCE.
Chemical Education Digital Library
The ChemEd DL has its foundation built upon the Journal of Chemical Education, the Education Division of the American Chemical Society, and the ChemCollective Project. Includes resources for education that span the entire science of chemistry.
comPADRE: Digital Resources for Physics & Astronomy Education
The comPADRE Pathway, a part of the National Science Digital Library, is a growing network of educational resource collections supporting teachers and students in Physics and Astronomy.
The Quantum Exchange
The Physical Sciences Resource Center
A web-based databank that provides K–20 teachers links to a wide range of teaching and learning resources in the physical sciences. All materials are classified by their grade level, topic, and activity type, and have descriptions outlining their content. Information about authors, publishers, costs, and copyright is also provided.
MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning & Online Teaching
A leading edge, user-centered, searchable collection of peer reviewed and selected higher education, online learning materials, catalogued by registered members and a set of faculty development support services.
MERLOT Federated Search
MERLOT Chemistry Portal
MERLOT Physics Portal

Encycylopedias and Major Reference Works

Encyclopedia of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry, 3 vols. (2001)
Published by the Institute of Physics, this encyclopedia quickly provides the basics, defines the scope of each subdiscipline, and indicates where to go for a more complete and detailed explanation.
Encyclopedia of Computational Chemistry
The Encyclopedia of Computational Chemistry (ECC) is a timely, comprehensive and authorative work. ECC is divided into these broad subject areas: Algorithms and Software, Biological and Biochemical Modeling, Chemical Applications, Cheminformatics, General Topics, Quantum Mechanics: Theory & Development, and Semi-Classical Methods.
Encyclopedia of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, 9 vols. (1996–2002)
Swain Reference QC762 .E53 1996
A comprehensive resource for information on any aspect of NMR, with emphasis on its interdisciplinary nature.
Landolt-Börnstein — Numerical Data and Functional Relationships in Science and Technology
LB brings the work of a thousand experts from all over the world right to your desk. The more than 340 voumes cover data starting with the scientific information described before 1883 — the year of the first handbook publication — up to the present. LB is a systematic and comprehensive data collection developed from researchers in discovering functional relationships in science and technology. LB covers all fields of physics, physical chemistry, geophysics, astronomy, material technology, and engineering.
Landolt-Börnstein — Indices
Includes keyword search, Substance & Property Index, Subject Index, and LB Users Guide
Landolt-Börnstein — Group I Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms
Physics Library Reference: QC61 .L332 GROUP 1 Vols. 1–14, 16–18
Online: Vols. 19A2, 19B1–3
Landolt-Börnstein — Group II Molecules and Radicals
Physics Library Reference: QC61 .L332 GROUP 2 Vols. 1–26
Swain Library Reference: QC61 .L332 GROUP 2 Vols. 1–5
Online: Vols. 24D2, 26A1–2, 26D, 28A–D
Landolt-Börnstein — Group III Condensed Matter
Physics Library Reference: QC61 .L332 GROUP 3 Vols. 1–18; [19]; 20–43
Swain Library Reference: QC61 .L332 GROUP 3 Vols. 2–6; [7]; 8
Online: Vols. 27B7, 27I2–I5A, 34C3, 35D2–4, 43A2–A5
Landolt-Börnstein — Group IV Physical Chemistry
Physics Library Reference: QC61 .L332 GROUP 4 Vols. 1–21
Online: Vols. 9A, 10B, 11A2–4, 11B, 11C1–4, 12A, 13A1, 14D, 15A, 19B3–5
Landolt-Börnstein — Group V Geophysics
Branner Earth Sciences Library Reference: QC61 .L332 GROUP 5 Vols. 1–6
Online: Vol. 6
Landolt-Börnstein — Group VI Astronomy and Astrophysics
Physics Library Reference: QC61 .L332 GROUP 6 Vols. 1–3
No online volumes are available at Stanford.
Landolt-Börnstein — Group VII Biophysics
Swain Library Reference: QC61 .L332 GROUP 7 Vols. 1–2
No online volumes are available at Stanford.
Landolt-Börnstein — Group VIII Advanced Materials and Technologies
Physics Library Reference: QC61 .L332 GROUP 8 Vols. 2–3, 5
Online Vol. 2A (2002)–

Guides to Resources / Web Gateways

Center for the History of Physics — American Institute of Physics
AIP’s Center for History of Physics works to preserve and make known the historical record of modern physics and allied sciences. Through documentation, archival collections and educational initiatives, the Center ensures that the heritage of modern physics is safeguarded and its story accurately told.
Intute: Science, Engineering, and Technology
Free online service providing access to web resources for education and research, evaluated and selected by a network of subject specialists. It covers the physical sciences, engineering, computing, geography, mathematics and environmental science. The database currently contains 34939 records.
The web’s most extensive mathematical resource, provided as a free service to the world’s mathematics and internet communities as part of a commitment to education and educational outreach by Wolfram Research, makers of Mathematica. MathWorld has been assembled over more than a decade by Eric W. Weisstein with assistance from thousands of contributors.
Physical chemistry source book
Swain Reference QD451 .P49 1988
PhysLink: Physics and Astronomy Online
Comprehensive physics and astronomy online education, research and reference web site. Also serves as a meeting place for professionals, students and other curious minds.

Handbooks and Data

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
Provides broad coverage of all types of physical science data commonly encountered by scientists and engineers. The data contained in the Handbook have been carefully evaluated by experts in each field; quality control is a high priority and the sources are documented. Updated annually.
Kaye & Laby Online: Tables of Physical and Chemical Constants
Includes the contents of the 16th edition (published 1995), spanning topics from fundamental constants to fibre optics, superconductivity to Raman spectroscopy and many others. The contents will be regularly reviewed and updated to reflect advances and developments in the fields of physics and chemistry.
NIST Chemical Kinetics Database on the Web
Includes essentially all reported kinetics results for thermal gas-phase chemical reactions. The database is designed to be searched for kinetics data based on the specific reactants involved, for reactions resulting in specified products, for all the reactions of a particular species, or for various combinations of these. The bibliography can be searched by author name or combination of names. The database contains in excess of 38,000 separate reaction records for over 11,700 distinct reactant pairs. These data have been abstracted from over 12,000 papers with literature coverage through early 2000.
NIST Chemistry WebBook
Provides users with easy access to chemical and physical property data for chemical species through the internet. The data provided in the site are from collections maintained by the NIST Standard Reference Data Program and outside contributors.
NIST Computational Chemistry Comparison and Benchmark Database
A collection of experimental and ab initio thermochemical properties for a selected set of molecules. The CCCBDB contains links to: Experimental and computational thermochemical data for a selected set of 788 gas-phase atoms and molecules. It also contains tools for comparing experimental and computational ideal-gas thermochemical properties.


Journal Citation Reports
JCR is a tool that you can use to identify core journals for a particular subject area. Below is a sample search showing how to view physical chemistry journals listed in JCR.

Highlight subject category name.

Sorted by Journal Title

Sorted by Times Cited

Sorted by Impact Factor

Swain Journal List
Use Socrates, Stanford’s Library Catalog, to find all journal titles available at Stanford. Socrates includes links to online versions of journals and holdings information that shows what volumes and years are available for a title. Socrates does not contain details about individual journal articles.
Journal Abbreviations and Digital Object Identifiers
Find or translate journal abbreviations to full journal name. Also contains information about Digital Object Identifiers — what are they, how to find a DOI for a document, and how to translate a DOI into a citation.


IUPAC Nomenclature Home Page
Information on IUPAC nomenclature recommendations.
NIST Reference on Constants, Units, and Uncertainty
Addresses three topics: fundamental physical constants, the International System of Units (SI), which is the modern metric system, and expressing the uncertainty of measurement results.
XML-based IUPAC standard for experimental and critically-evaluated thermodynamic property data storage. It covers essentially all experimentally determined thermodynamic and transport property data (more than 120 properties) for pure compounds, multicomponent mixtures, and chemical reactions (including change-of-state and equilibrium).

Style Guides

ACS Style Guide, 3rd Edition (2006)
Swain Permanent Reserve QD8.5 .A25 2006 (request at Swain’s Circulation Desk)
This extensive revision of The ACS Style Guide examines electronic tools now available to assist STM writers in preparing manuscripts and communicating with publishers. Valuable updates include discussions of markup languages, citation of electronic sources, online submission of manuscripts, and preparation of figures, tables, and structures. In keeping current with the changing environment, this edition also contains references to many resources on the internet.

The ACS Style Guide’s third edition continues its long tradition of providing invaluable insight on ethics in scientific communication, the editorial process, copyright, conventions in chemistry, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and writing style for any STM author, reviewer, or editor. The third edition is the definitive source for all information needed to write, review, submit, and edit scholarly and scientific manuscripts.

AIP Style Manual, 4th Edition (1997)
For guidance in writing, editing, and preparing physics manuscripts for publication. Prepared under the direction of the AIP Publication Board. Images of the Fourth Edition of the AIP Style Manual are available free-of-charge for downloading from this site in Adobe’s Portable Document Format (PDF).

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