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Chemistry Resources Guide  

Recommended academic resources for Valpo's chemistry students.
Last Updated: Jun 19, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Off-Campus Access

You can gain off-campus access to the electronic resources (also called databases or journal collections) by clicking on the name of the database you’d like to access, and then logging in using your Valpo e-mail username and password.

If you have problems with this service, contact IT at 464-5678.


  • NIST Virtual Library
    National Institute of Standards and Technology home page. Links to their Standards page, their publications page, their free Journal of Research, and their library catalog.
  • Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater
    Valparaiso University students and faculty may request login and password at the Christopher Center Reference Desk. Logins and passwords cannot be given out over the telephone. Community users may use this resource in the Christopher Center Reference area.

Doing Research and Literature Reviews

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Doing Science : Design, Analysis, and Communication of Scientific research
Call Number: Q180 .A1 V35 2009
Covers each stage of research, from formulating questions and gathering data to developing experiments and analyzing results and finally to the many ways for presenting results.--from publisher description

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Preparing Literature Reviews (Second Edition)
Call Number: Q180.55 .E9 P36 2004

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Practical Research : Planning and Design
Call Number: Q180.55 .M4 L43 2010

Online Reference Sources


Core Print Reference Resources

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Oxford Dictionary of Chemistry, 6th ed.
Call Number: Ref. QD5 .D4985 2008

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CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 85th ed.
Call Number: Ref. QD65 .H3 2004-05

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Lange's Handbook of Chemistry, 16th ed.
Call Number: Ref. QD65 .L36 2005

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The Periodic Table - Eric Scerri
Call Number: QD467 .S344 2011

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Encyclopedia of Analytical Science
Call Number: Ref. QD71.5 .E53 2005

Alternatives to Google or Wikipedia

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  • Scientific WebPlus
    Excellent scientific web search engine from Thomson Reuters.

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