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Chemistry Collection

Sally Wyman
Chemistry Bibliographer 
wymanr@bc.edu
617-552-4452

The chemistry collection has been developed to support the instructional and research endeavors of the Chemistry Department at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral level. Materials collected cover the major areas of chemistry: analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physical and theoretical chemistry. These works may be descriptive treatments of a particular element or class of chemicals, studies of reactions by type, or physical and theoretical studies of chemical properties or phenomena. The extremely active research focus of the Department, as evidenced by an extensive list of faculty publications, and the nature of contemporary chemical research require the provision of print and electronic resources that allow the chemist to be alerted to the most current international research on a weekly or even daily basis.

Delivery of information in electronic format is a given in chemistry.  The major chemistry and interdisciplinary science indexes and abstracts are crucial to constantly alert researchers to the newest journal articles, patents, and technical reports. Databases which provide graphical structure and reaction search capabilities are particularly important in certain areas of chemical research. Electronic journals are the next area of major collection growth. Increasingly, faculty are requesting that long standing major chemistry journals and new chemistry journal subscriptions be available in both formats.  Chemistry faculty and students prefer to access as much material as possible in electronic format via their computer desktop.  Most undergraduate students in the program also conduct independent research within  a research group.  As a result of this activity, most undergraduate students read publications that are at the same level of complexity as those read by graduate students and faculty. | View selected resources ยป

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Interdisciplinary Elements of Subject Area
Some materials that are collected to support chemistry are classified with other science disciplines such as physics (e.g, spectroscopy, radiation, electrochemical properties), biology (e.g., many areas of biochemistry), geology (e.g., geochemistry, environmental chemistry), and history of science (history of chemistry).

Formats and Types of Materials
Formats collected include print, electronic, microform, and audiovisual. Types of materials include monographs, serials, and reference works including major indexes, abstracts, catalogs, bibliographies, yearbooks, dictionaries, encyclopedias, research guides, and directories.

Languages
Materials published in English are emphasized.  Some journals are received in German and French. Materials may be collected in other languages, but English is the language of choice. Chemists will have important research papers in Chinese, Japanese, Russian, East European languages or other languages translated.

Geographic Area Coverage
The major emphases are on Europe, North America and Japan.

Time Periods
Materials in the history of chemistry cover the periods from the ancient Greeks to the present day.  Beilstein and Gmelin index material from the 18th and 19th centuries and Chemical Abstracts covers the literature from 1907 to date.

Dates of Publication
The chemistry collection emphasizes current imprints, with very limited selection of retrospective material.