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Welcome! This library research guide provides an introduction to library resources related to Chemistry courses.

This guide will assist you in finding books, e-books, scholarly journal articles, streaming videos, websites, and more that will help you research topics in this subject.


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Chemistry is defined as:

              the "branch of science concerned with the study of the structure and composition of the different kinds of matter, the changes that matter may undergo, and the phenomena which occur in the course of these changes."


Text: "chemistry." The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide, edited by Helicon, 1st edition, 2016. Credo Reference, Accessed 25 Apr. 2018.

Best Bets

Chemistry: Principles and Reactions

Discover all of the fundamental topics of general chemistry with this brief, reader-oriented book. Masterton/Hurley/Neth's CHEMISTRY: PRINCIPLES AND REACTIONS, 7e, provides a clear, concise presentation based on the authors' more than 50 years of combined teaching experience. The book includes new concept-driven examples, updated examples that focus on molecular reasoning and understanding, and "Chemistry: Beyond the Classroom" essays that demonstrate the relevance of the concepts and highlight some of the most up-to-date uses of chemistry.

For use in CHM 111 & CHM 112 classes. Copy available for in-library use only.

Introduction to Chemistry Streaming Video

This program provides an introduction to chemistry. We begin by discussing how chemistry touches every part of everyday life and give several examples of basic chemical reactions that students come into contact with regularly. The entire lesson is taught by working example problems beginning with the easier ones and gradually progressing to the harder problems. Emphasis is placed on giving students confidence in their skills by gradual repetition so that the skills learned in this section are committed to long term memory.

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InTech eBooks Database

InTechOpen is the world's largest Science, Technology and Medicine Open Access book publisher. With a goal to provide free online access to research since 2004, InTechOpen has published 2,900 books and 46,833 scientific works total by 98,807 international scientists.



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ChemEd DL: Chemical Education Digital Library Database

Here you will find exemplary digital resources, tools, and online services; your 24:7 aid for teaching and learning chemistry. A collaborative, community-driven effort, ChemEd DL is the place for sharing your work and benefitting from what others have done. The ChemEd DL has been hosted by Hope College starting in 2017 to keep alive the work from over a decade of talented chemistry educators.

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CredoReference: Inorganic Chemistry

CredoReference: Organic Chemistry

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