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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
Cambridge Structural Database (CSD)
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,
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)