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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 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
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 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.
||Physical and theoretical chemistry
Cf. QC170–197 Constitution and properties of matter
||Periodicals, societies, congresses, serial publications
||Collected works (nonserial)
||Dictionaries and encyclopedias
||Nomenclature, terminology, notation, abbreviations
||General works, treatises, and textbooks
||Addresses, essays, lectures
||Special aspects of the subject as a whole
||Special topics, A–Z
||Study and teaching. Research
||Handbooks, tables, formulas, etc.
||Atomic and molecular theory and structure. Laws of chemical
combination and chemical bonds. Molecular dimensions
Cf. QD469 Valence
||Excited state chemistry
||Atomic and molecular weights
||Chemical compounds — Structure and formulas. Including isomerism,
Cf. QD481 Stereochemistry
||Physical properties in relation to structure. Including odor, color, and
Cf. QD441 Colored organic compounds
Cf. QD931–947 Physical properties of crystals
||Complex compounds. Including clathrate and coordination compounds,
chelates, and hydrates
Cf. QD410–412.5 Organometallic compounds
||Physical inorganic chemistry
||Physical organic chemistry
||Acids and bases (General theory)
||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
||Models of atoms, molecules, or chemical compounds
||Stereochemistry. Molecular rotation
Cf. QP517.S83 Biochemistry
||Conditions and laws of chemical reactions
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)
||Chemistry of high and low pressures
||Theory of solution
Cf. QC182–197 Special properties of matter
Cf. QD565 Electrolyte solutions
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
Cf. TP156.P5 Industrial plasma chemistry
Cf. QD940 Magnetic properties of crystals
||Radiochemistry. Nuclear chemistry
Cf. QC794.95–798 Radioactivity, radioactive substances in nuclear physics
Cf. TK9350 Nuclear engineering
Cf. TP249 Industrial radiochemistry. Industrial radiation chemistry
Cf. QC474–496.9 Radiation physics
Cf. TA418.6 Radiation effects and tests of materials
Cf. TP249 Industrial radiochemistry. Industrial radiation chemistry
Cf. QD275 Organic photochemistry
Cf. QD578 Photoelectrochemistry
Cf. QP517.P45 Photobiochemistry
Cf. TP249.5 Industrial photochemistry
Cf. TR200–222 Photographic chemistry
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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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; ; 20–43
Swain Library Reference: QC61 .L332 GROUP 3 Vols. 2–6; ; 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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
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).
- 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
- 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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