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Concise Encyclopedia Biochemistry and Molecular Biology [Grinnell]
Thomas A. Scott and E. Ian Mercer (revised and translated by)
New York: Walter de Gruyter, 1997
3rd edition (the 1st edition was published in 1983); 700+ pages.
Some of the entries contain references to other helpful publications; some entries also have explanatory pictures or drawings. The text is written at a level that assumes some prior knowledge of the subject area.

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics [Grinnell]
David R. Lide, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief
Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press
Published almost annually since 1918; subject and name index; bibliographies scattered throughout.
The one-volume source that provides "broad coverage of all types of data commonly encountered by physical scientists" (from the Preface to the 72nd Edition). Start by searching the index for the property, process, or general concept of interest.

CRC Handbook of Data on Organic Compounds
David R. Lide and G.W.A. Milne, editors
Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 1993
3rd edition (1st edition published 1985); 7 volumes.
Useful for locating basic chemical substance information--especially spectral data (IR, Raman, UV, NMR, and MS)--often required for lab work; covers more than 27,000 compounds.

CRC Handbook of Laboratory Safety [Grinnell]
A. Keith Furr
Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2000
5th edition; 770+ pages; very detailed table of contents; subject and name index.
Each chapter has extensive bibliographies sprinkled throughout.

Dictionary of Inorganic Compounds [Grinnell]
Dictionary of Inorganic Compounds. Supplement. [Grinnell]
Jane E. Macintyre, Executive Editor
New York: Chapman & Hall, 1992 and 1993-
5 volumes plus 4 supplements.
The Dictionary provides a host of basic information about inorganic compounds including (often) a graphical representation of the structure and references to important publications. Check out volumes 4 and 5 for a variety of indexes to the first 3 volumes.

Dictionary of Organic Compounds [Grinnell]
Dictionary of Organic Compounds. Supplement. [Grinnell]
John Buckingham and Fiona Macdonald
New York: Chapman and Hall, 1995 and 1996-
6th edition (1st edition published 1934-1937); 9 volumes and 1 supplement volume (to date).
The Dictionary provides a host of basic information about organic compounds including (often) a graphical representation of the structure and references to important publications.

Fiesers' Reagents for Organic Synthesis/Fieser and Fieser's Reagents for Organic Synthesis/Reagents For Organic Synthesis [Grinnell]
Mary Fieser, et al., editors
New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1967-
Currently 21 volumes; author and subject indexes are located in each volume.
The Collective Index for Volumes 1-12 may be especially helpful.

Handbook of Environmental Data on Organic Chemicals [Grinnell]
Karel Verschueren
Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2001
4th edition (1st edition was published in 1977); table of contents; an extensive, detailed Introduction explaining the information contained in the Handbook; glossary of terms; molecular formula cross-index (molecular formula -> CAS registry number); CAS cross-index (CAS registry number -> molecular formula); 2,000+ pages.
The title of this publication says it all; the Handbook contains a vast amount of information including a bibliography of over 10,500 references. The approximately 2,500 chemical substances are arranged alphabetically by name, and the entries for the substances include a 2-dimensional structure, air pollution factors, water pollution factors, biological effects, and much more.

[Kirk-Othmer] Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology [Grinnell]
Jacqueline I. Kroschwitz, Executive Editor
New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1991-1998
4th edition; 26 volumes + 1 supplement volume; volume 26 is an index to volumes 1-25 and the supplement volume.
Use the Index Volume as a start to locating needed information. Check the bibliographies for important past references. This publication is probably the highest quality, most indepth encyclopedia covering chemicals and their various uses. Also available in various electronic formats.

Lange's Handbook of Chemistry [Grinnell]
John A. Dean
New York : McGraw-Hill, 1999
15th edition (first published 1934); published recently every 6-7 years; subject index.
A long-time desktop standard filled with tables and data ... the one-volume source of factual information for chemists, both professionals and students (from the Preface to the 14th Edition).

The Merck Index : An Encyclopedia of Chemicals, Drugs, and Biologicals [Grinnell]
Rahway: Merck, 2001
13th edition (published in America since 1889); 1 volume.
The name index in the back can be very useful. This publication is often the source to begin with when seeking basic information--the structure, references to important publications, uses, synonyms, molecular formula, etc.--about a chemical substance. Also available in various electronic formats.

Organic Syntheses [Grinnell]
Organic Syntheses. Collective Volume [Grinnell]
New York: John Wiley & Sons
Currently 79 annual volumes indexed and revised by 9 Collective Volumes (covering through Annual Volume 74).; first published 1921.
Available online at (made available by John Wiley & Sons, CambridgeSoft.Com, and Data Trace Publishing; the online version covers through Annual Volume 77).
This long-time publication covers accepted methods for the preparation of organic chemicals. The Cumulative Indices volume to Collective Volumes 1-8 is extremely useful.

Purification of Laboratory Chemicals [Grinnell]
W.L.F. Armarego and D.D. Perrin
Boston: Butterworth Heinemann, 1996
4th edition (1st edition published 1966).

Sax's Dangerous Properties of Industrial Materials
Richard J. Lewis, Sr. and N. Irving Sax
New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2000
10th edition; 3 volumes; 4,770 pages.
Volume I contains a variety of indexes and a bibliography. Volumes II and III provide information including basic chemical properties, synonyms, toxicity data, safety profile, and sources where additional information can be found on some 23,500 chemicals.

Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater [Grinnell]
Lenore S. Clesceri, Arnold E. Greenberg, and Andrew D. Eaton
Washington, D.C.: American Public Health Association, 1998
20th edition (1st edition published 1905); detailed table of contents; subject index; bibliographies scattered throughout; color plates of algae at the back.

The Systematic Identification of Organic Compounds [Grinnell]
Ralph L. Shriner, et al.
Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2003
8th Edition (1st edition published 1935); subject and name index; 650+ pages.
Both a text and a reference source, this well-known manual provides step-by-step instructions for the identification of organic compounds plus a variety of other helpful information.

Vogel's Textbook of Practical Organic Chemistry [Grinnell]
Arthur Israel Vogel; revised by Brian S. Furniss, et al.
New York : Longman Scientific & Technical, 1989, reprinted 1996
5th edition (1st edition published 1948); 1 volume; 1,500+ pages.
A long-time standard reference text for organic chemistry.

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