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A college-level encyclopedia of science and technology

Contains many major chemical reference works in a searchable online format.

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
An online reference resource (within CHEMnetBASE) that contains values of constants, properties of organic and inorganic compounds, and other data related to chemistry and physics.




Material Safety Data Sheets

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) contain information on chemicals and their properties along with health, physical, and environmental hazards. As they are provided by manufacturers, there is no centralized location so you may have to look in multiple places.

Chemical and Other Safety Information
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Where to Find MSDS on the Internet
A guide to finding MSDS. Also includes MSDS-related news and updates.

MSDS Sources to Start With

MSDS Search (National MSDS Repository)
Vermont SIRI MSDS Collection


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Reaxys is a web-based search and retrieval system for chemical compounds, bibliographic data and chemical reactions.

Science Citation Index Expanded
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Chemical and Physical Property Information

Database includes information such as boiling point, CAS registry number, melting point, molecular weight as well as 2-D and 3-D structures of molecules and links to relevant websites for about 75,000 compounds.

Free registration is required to access additional features such as materials safety data sheets and NMR and IR spectra. Limited to Sigma-Aldrich products.


Spectra and Spectroscopy

ChemSpider, which aggregates freely available chemical data from across the web, includes downloadable graphs of NMR, IR, near IR, Raman, and UV-Vis spectra for many compounds.

Handbook of spectroscopy. Gauglitz, G. and Vo-Dinh, T. (Eds.) (2003)
In addition to guiding users in choosing the appropriate spectroscopic method, this handbook also contains spectral data.

NIST Chemistry WebBook
The NIST Chemistry WebBook is a database of thermochemical, thermophysical, and ion energetics data and includes IR and UV-Vis spectra for some substances.

REAXYS searches an extensive collection of deeply indexed organic, inorganic, and organometallic chemistry data from the Beilstein, Gmelin, and Patent Chemistry databases and is continuously updated. NMR, IR, and UV spectra are available for some substances.

SciFinder compiles and makes searchable content from several Chemical Abstracts Service databases, including over 55 million substances from CAS REGISTRY, and over 33 million journal article and patent references from CAplus, as well as MEDLINE, a National Library of Medicine (NLM) database. Spectra or citations to articles containing spectra are included in substance records where available.

Sigma-Aldrich catalog
Sigma-Aldrich is a major chemical supplier and publisher of spectral libraries, and product records include spectral data or citations to literature containing spectral data where available.

Spectral Database for Organic Compounds
SDBS includes FT-IR, 13C and 1H NMR, and Raman spectra for over 33,000 organic compounds (mainly commercial chemical reagents).

Structure determination of organic compounds: tables of spectral data . Pretsch, E., Bühlmann, P., Badertscher, M. (2009)
This volume includes 13C-, 19F-, 31P-, and proton-NMR, infrared and Raman, and UV-Vis spectral data measured by the authors and collected from the literature.

Spectroscopic Tools
Includes primers on IR and NMR as well as background on theory and applications of spectroscopy.

The Basics of NMR
An online primer by Joseph P. Hornak, PhD at Rochester Institute of Technology

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