BASIC Resources for Properties
CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics QD65 C4, Reference (Chem Ref Table)
A collection of major chemisty reference books.
Search each title individually, or select “Combined Chemical Dictionary” to search the 5 “Dictionary of…” titles simultaneously.
Combined Chemical Dictionary (CCD)
CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
Polymers: A Property Database
Properties of Organic Compounds
Kaye & Laby Tables of Physical & Chemical Constants (16th ed., 1995) QC61 .K3 1995, Reference
Includes important physical and chemical property data from across the spectrum of chemistry and physics.
It is freely available from the UK’s National Physical Laboratory.
Use the Search Feature or browse via the Table of Contents
Merck Index RS51 M4 1996 Reference (Chem Ref Table)
An encyclopedia of chemicals, drugs, and biological substances. The Merck Index contains over 11,000 entries (referred to as monographs) mostly for single substances and related compounds (isomers, salts, etc.). Some families of natural products and biological substances are included as well. Data provided include: chemical, generic, and brand names; CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) registry numbers; physical data and literature references; structures and stereochemistry; toxicity; and information on therapeutic and non-medicinal uses. The Merck Index Online also includes sections on: organic name reactions, and additional tables. The Merck Index can be searched by structure with installation of a free ChemDraw plug-in available on the structure search page.
Merck User Help Guides
Lange’s Handbook of Chemistry QD65 L36 1992, Reference (Chem Ref Table)
Perry’s Chemical Engineers Handbook (via CDL hosted site) TP151 P45 2008, Reference (Chem Ref Table)
DATABASES for Properties
Provides property, structure and reaction data for millions of chemical substances (organic, inorganic and organometallic) and chemical reactions. Up to hundreds of fields of chemical and physical property information are available. Reaxys combines the Beilstein Handbook of Organic Chemistry, the Gmelin Handbook of Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry and the Elsevier Patent Chemistry Database. It is searchable by text keywords, numerical physical and chemical properties, and by chemical structures and substructures.
1772 – present Chemical substances
1976 – present Chemical patents
1980 – present Organic chemistry journal articles
1995 – present Inorganic chemistry journal articles
Intro to Reaxys: Searching for Substances, their Properties, and their Reactions (UPenn) PDF
In addition to being the most comprehensive bibliographic database for chemistry, SciFinder also allows searching of chemical substances, chemical reactions, and includes some property data and spectra.
Coverage: 1907 – present (with selected pre-1907 material)
Java or Non-Java Structure Editor (optional)
SciFinder can only be used by UC students, faculty and staff.
About SciFinder: On & Off-Campus Use, Troubleshooting & Help, Guides
Cambridge Structural Database (WebCSD) UC Davis site license funded by the Chemistry Department
The web version of Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) provides crystallographic, chemical and bibliographic information for more than 544,000 organic and organometallic compounds whose 3D structures have been determined by x-ray or neutron diffraction (nearly 600,000 structures).
NIST Chemistry WebBook
Provides thermochemical data for over 6500 organic and small inorganic compounds. Data available may include: gas phase and condensed phase thermochemistry data, reaction thermochemistry data, phase change data, spectra (IR, Mass, UV), Henry’s Law data, gas phase ion energetics data, ion clustering data, vibrational and/or electronic energy levels, gas phase kinetics, and thermophysical properties of fluid systems.
Help: Guide to NIST Chemistry WebBook
MORE Resources for Properties
Physical Reference Data (NIST Physics Lab)
Another source from the National Insititute of Standards and Technology. Categories include Physical Constants, Units, and Conversion Factors, Atomic Spectroscopic Data, Molecular Spectroscopic Data, and X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Data.
Smithsonian Physical Tables (Knovel)
Common physical and chemical data.
Landolt-Bornstein // Springer-Materials
The Library does not have a license for SpringerMaterials.
We do have online access to the predecessor to SpringerMaterials, Landolt-Börnstein for 2009 and earlier.
In most cases, you can access the 2009 and earlier information in our online volumes of Landolt-Börnstein. For the more recent content added to SpringerMaterials, you’ll need to refer to one or more of the alternate sources listed below.
How to Access SpringerMaterials via Landolt-Börnstein:
Each record in SpringerMaterials has a source. If the source of the document you need is Landolt-Börnstein and from 2009 or earlier, you can get the PDF through Portico.
From SpringerMaterials, note the title of the document and volume in Landolt. Browse the alphabetical list of volumes in Portico, then that volume’s table of contents to find your document PDF. Here’s a handout (PDF) with some screenshots from both databases. At present, the volumes are listed alphabetically by their English titles, but eventually will be grouped into subject sections for easier browsing.
Some of the volumes in Portico are alphabetized by their subtitle. For example:
Crystal Structure Data of Inorganic Compounds · Key Element: O Part 2 shows up in the volume list as
Key Element: O Part 2
Crystal Structures of Inorganic Compounds · Structure Types Part 1: Space Groups (230) Ia-3d -(219)-F43-c shows up as
Crystal Structures of Inorganic Compounds · Structure Types Part 1: Space Groups (230) Ia-3d -(219)-F43-c
Phase Equilibria, Crystallographic and Thermodynamic Data of Binary Alloys · Ac-Ag … Au-Zr shows up as
Ac-Ag … Au-Zr
Alternative databases for locating crystallographic information if you find something in SpringerMaterials:
Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD)
SciFinder and REAXYS (any articles referenced in SpringerMaterials will also be indexed in SciFinder, and possibly Reaxys).
Why we don’t have Springer Materials
More Information on Landolt-Börnstein
Landolt-Börnstein is a vast and systematic collection of physical and chemcal properties of materials. The verified physical data available reflect numerical data and functional relationships in physics, physical chemistry, biophysics, geophysics, astronomy, materials science, and technology. Earlier volumes (to the 1980’s) are in German.
Thanks to Teri Vogel (UCSD) and Chuck Huber (UCSB): text on their pages used above.
If you can’t find the property you are looking for, try using:
Thermodex: Index of Selected Thermodynamic and Physical Property Resources
Identify the type of compound and properties you are looking for, and ThermoDex will return a list of handbooks that may contain these data. This resource was developed for use at the University of Texas, Austin, links are provided to identify library holdings in your area – or use the Library Catalog to look for the handbooks identified.
With many thanks to the University of Texas Libraries.
Chemical Pricing and Market Data
Bulk Chemical Pricing and Market Data
Finding sources for bulk chemical pricing and market data can be quite difficult. In many cases these data simply may not be available. Use this guide to search for available information.
With many thanks to David Hubbard, Texas A&M University