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Chemistry and Biochemistry (SUBJECT GUIDE): Reference Books/E-Books

Reference Universe

Find instances of words within the tables of contents and indexes of thousands of reference works. Link directly into the resource if available online.

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Guides to the literature


Can be helpful in formulating effecting database search strategies by revealing terminology used by specialists.


A good, specialized, scholarly encyclopedia contains many relatively brief entries that can serve as a perfect introduction to a topic.  Each article is written by a recognized, credentialed expert.  Also, entries generally conclude with a current bibliography also compiled by that subject expert, recommending some of the most important publications ever produced on that particular topic.  This can be a highly-effective and time-saving way to launch your own literature review.


Library of Congress call numbers for books on:

  • Chemistry: QD
  • Biochemistry: QP512, QP514.2, and also scattered elsewhere under QP (physiology)

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