Specialized encyclopedias and other reference materials can introduce you to a range of possible research topics. These sources also provide excellent background information.
Kirk-Othmer's Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology
Sci Ref TP 9 .E685 (Science Reference Index Table)
Ullman's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry
Sci Ref TP 9. U57
Encyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design
Sci Ref TP 9 .E66
McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology
Sci Ref Q 121 .M3 1997 (Science Reference Index Table)
Encyclopedia of Physical Science and Technology
Sci Ref Q 123 .E4974 1992 (Science Reference Index Table)
Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Engineering
Sci Ref TP 1087 .E46 1985
Encyclopedia of Advanced Materials
Sci Ref TA 404.8 .E53 1994
Magill's Survey of Science. Applied Science Series.
Sci Ref TA 145 .M298 1993
For additional items, please try browsing for these subjects in the BYU Library Catalog:
CHEMISTRY TECHNICAL DICTIONARIES; POLYMERS DICTIONARIES; CHEMICAL ENGINEERING DICTIONARIES; CHEMICAL ENGINEERING HANDBOOKS MANUALS ETC.; TECHNOLOGY ENCYCLOPEDIAS
Periodical databases, such as the ones below, allow you to search for journal articles on your topic. (See Techniques for Keyword Searching) For the science disciplines, the bulk of your research will be found in the journal literature. While you may find some full-text articles within these databases, the majority of the references you find will include only the citation and abstract. See Tips for Locating the Full Article.
Electronic: Librarian Assited Research Service
Print: Sci Ref QD 1 .A51
Science Citation Index (SCI): Web of Science (ISI)
Print: Sci Ref Q 158 .X1 S365
Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology Abstracts
Electronic: Librarian Assited Research Service
A primary resource for the broad field of biomedicine. Find articles on clinical medicine, nutrition, and life sciences. Indexes approximately 4,300 journals from 1966 to the present. A wonderful resource provided by the National Library of Medicine.
Modeled after PubMed and funded by the Department of Energys Office of Scientific and Technical Information, this is a freely accessible web database to access peer-reviewed literature in the physical sciences. This project has just begun and currently provides access to about 1,000 journal titles.
NIST Chemistry WebBook
A wonderful, evaluated collection of data from NIST including thermochemical data, reaction thermochemistry, and spectra (IR, Mass, UV/Vis). Freely available over the web. Search by molecular formula, name, CAS Registry Number, or structure.
A web search engine for chemistry sites. Search by compound name, CAS Registry Number, molecular formula, or structure. Provides basic property and identification information and links to web databases and sites with additional information. A wonderful tool for locating specific chemical information on the web.
US Patent & Trademark Office
Provides access to the full-text of U.S. patents with images since 1976. A variety of search options available. A plug-in is required to view the full-text page images.
Provided by the European Patent Office, this site provides access to PDF facsimiles of patent applications in their original language from the European Patent Office and the World Intellectual Property Organization for the last 24 months. Also provides access to patent applications with English abstracts and titles from over 50 countries and regions worldwide.
Provided by the German Patent Office, this site offers all German patents in fulltext (PDF files) since 1877. Patents from many other countries are also included. Click on the British flag for English language version of the site. However, the patents themselves will be in the language in which they were published.
Societies and Associations
The librarian assited research service provides a way for you to locate bibliographic references and abstracts using online databases that are otherwise not available to students. It provides the advantage of searching several databases simultaneously in a wide range of subject areas in a short period of time.
Such librarian assited research is a mediated search service and a fee is charged beyond a base amount that is subsidized by the library. The library subsidizes the first $5, $10, and $15 of each search for current undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty of Brigham Young University, respectively. With this subsidy almost all searches for students are essentially free.
Contact Randall Ward to make an appointment for a librarian assited research search in the following subject areas: chemical engineering, chemistry, food science & nutrition, or molecular biology.
Chemical Sciences Subject Librarian
2320 HBLL, 422-9066
For other subjects, inquire with the corresponding Subject Librarian.
A sample of the databases available:
Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology Abstracts
Current Biotechnology Abstracts
Food Science & Technology Abstracts
Life Sciences Collection