CRC Handbook of Chemistry & Physics releases 96th edition

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The latest edition of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry & Physics is now available online, and contains all the new and updated tables from the 96th edition.

New tables

  • Section 1: Basic Constants, Units, and Conversion Factors – Descriptive Terms for Solubility
  • Section 8: Analytical Chemistry – Stationary Phases for Porous Layer Open Tubular Columns; Coolants for Cryotrapping; Instability of HPLC Solvents; Chlorine-Bromine Combination Isotope Intensities
  • Section 16: Health and Safety Information – Materials Compatible with and Resistant to 72 Percent Perchloric Acid; Relative Dose Ranges from Ionizing Radiation

Updated and expanded tables

  • Section 6: Fluid Properties -  Update and expansion of Sublimation Pressure of Solids; Major update of Vapor Pressure of Fluids at Temperatures Below 300 K
  • Section 7: Biochemistry – Expansion of Structure and Functions of Some Common Drugs
  • Section 8: Analytical Chemistry – Minor update of Nuclear Spins, Moments, and Other Data Related to NMR Spectroscopy
  • Section 9: Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy – Update of Bond Dissociation Energies
  • Section 11: Nuclear and Particle Physics –   Update of Summary Tables of Particle Properties; Major update of Table of the Isotopes
  • Section 14: Geophysics, Astronomy, and Acoustics –   Update of Major World Earthquakes; Update of Atmospheric Concentration of Carbon Dioxide, 1958-2014; Update of Global Temperature Trend, 1880-2014
  • Section 15: Practical Laboratory Data – Update of Dependence of Boiling Point on Pressure
  • Section 16: Health and Safety Information –  Update of Threshold Limits for Airborne Contaminants
  • Appendix B: – Update of Sources of Physical and Chemical Data

Royal Society of Chemistry Gold Collection: New Subscription Added

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UML Libraries has added the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Gold Collection as a new subscription resource available now for full-text access.

The Gold Collection includes total access to all 37 RSC journals, 5 databases, 2 magazines (Chemistry World and Education in Chemistry), the ebook series “Issues in Environmental Science & Technology” containing 41 titles, plus the entire RSC Journal Archive dating from 1841.

Five Databases: Literature Updating Services

Analytical Abstracts
For coverage of the latest techniques and applications. The premier current awareness and information retrieval service tailored to analytical scientists.

Chemical Hazards in Industry
Health and safety issues surrounding chemicals encountered in the chemical and related industries.

Laboratory Hazards Bulletin 
Comprehensive coverage of hazards encountered by laboratory workers. Includes waste management, occupational monitoring and legislation.

Natural Product Updates
Alerting natural product scientists to the latest developments. Now structure-searchable through ChemSpider!

Synthetic Reaction Updates
A literature updating service updated with recent developments in synthetic organic chemistry


Open Access Publishing Credits

In addition to the content listed above, as a Gold Subscriber, the university receives credit for fees attached to publishing in RSC open-access journals. For more information about this program, refer to this RSC information page: Open Access at the RCS.

For use of the Voucher Codes used to cover publishing costs, please contact Margaret Manion:

For a list of journals and other resources in the Gold Collection, this RSC flyer is available for downloading:


About the Royal Chemistry Society

With a heritage that spans from the granting of it first charter in 1848, The Royal Chemistry Society is the UK’s professional learned society concerned with advancing chemistry as a science, developing its applications, and disseminating chemical knowledge.

The 1980 update to its charter states that the RSC is dedicated to the “the general advancement of chemical science and its application and for that purpose:

  • to foster and encourage the growth and application of such science by the dissemination of chemical knowledge;
  • to establish, uphold and advance the standards of qualification, competence and conduct of those who practise chemistry as a profession;
  • to serve the public interest by acting in an advisory, consultative or representative capacity in matters relating to the science and practice of chemistry; and
  • to advance the aims and objectives of members of the Society so far as they relate to the advancement of the science or practice of chemistry.”

New Non-Java CAS Structure Editor Available in SciFinder

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CAS announces that SciFinder now features a new version of the CAS Structure Editor that does not require the use of a Java plugin. The Java version of the editor is still available, but users can now easily select their preferred editor.

The non-Java editor is an easy-to-use option. However, there is some missing functionality in the new editor. Due to the pressing need of some users still experiencing Java-related issues, CAS felt it important to release the editor as soon as a viable working version was available.

The Non-Java structure editor allows SciFinder users experiencing problems with Java to draw structures for substance and reaction searches. The available features are equivalent to those in the Java version, and some additional convenience features will be released shortly.

Users experiencing problems with the Java-based structure editor also have the option to download a standalone structure editor that can be used in conjunction with SciFinder.

Note: With minor exceptions, the standalone version has the same features as the Java-based version.

Additionally, the latest SciFinder release features the following updates:

  •  Analyze reaction answer sets by reagent to more quickly identify your synthesis of interest.
  •  View substance and supplier information simultaneously now that the Quick View feature is available from Commercial Sources answer sets. In addition, many top catalog entries now feature direct links to supplier emails from right within SciFinder.
  •  Update user account information more easily with a new account management link to myCAS® available in Preferences.
  • SciPlannerTM how-to guides are now more easily accessible to help you make use of the full power of the features and functionality available within SciPlanner.

For more information on the plugin-free, Non-Java CAS Structure Editor, including technical requirements, visit

SciFinder Introducing New Release this Summer

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The American Chemical Society is introducing a new version of its SciFinder Scholar database this summer. Two video previews are available for previewing the new features:

-       Introductory video highlighting SciFinder design and key content capabilities.

-       Help file tutorial that offers a quick tour of the new design.

Also available is an introductory tutorial in PDF format –

SciFinder Scholar is a comprehensive search and discover platform that offers options for exploring substances, reactions, and patent and journal references:

Substances — includes chemical structures, chemical names, CAS Registry Numbers, properties, commercial availability and regulatory information.

Reactions — an extensive database of current chemical reaction information including reaction schemes, experimental procedures, conditions, yields, solvents, catalysts, as well as commercial availability of substances with direct links to leading producer and supplier sites.

References — current chemistry and related science information from journals, patents, dissertations, and more.

 Access to SciFinder requires registration.


SciFinder Scholar allows unlimited usage

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The UML subscription to Scifinder Scholar from Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) is now available for unlimited simultaneous user logins for all UML students, faculty, and staff.

Prior to this upgrade to CAS’s new Academic Unlimited Access Program, simultaneous usage was restricted to five users at any one time. Now any number of users can access the resource simultaneous 24/7.

Scifinder Scholar (SFS) provides citations, abstracts, and detailed chemical indexing for over 12,000 journals in chemistry and related fields.  Material covered reaches back into the late 1800’s.  SFS also provides the complete Medline database, with similar indexing.  SFS offers a current alerting service, and its Chemport service will connect you to the full text articles, if UML has a subscription to the title.

All new users of Scifinder Scholar must register for their own individual accounts, using their uml email address.  CAS will send a confirming email which must be answered before your account is activated. For further instructional information about registering, please visit this SciFinder Scholar Research Guide.

Access to SciFinder Scholar is available from the Library’s home web page alphabet index list as well as from most science-related database subject pages.

For any questions about SFS use, email or call (x 3209) Marion Muskiewicz, Science Librarian.

Reaxys chemical database trial

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Elsevier is providing UMass Lowell with a one month free trial to their Reaxys database. The trial is available from April 14 to May 14, 2011.

Reaxys is a unique web-based chemistry workflow solution which integrates searches for reaction and substance data with synthesis planning and chemical sourcing. It contains historical data dating back to 1771 and coverage of important current journal and patents within chemistry. The data excerpted from the journals and patents meets carefully controlled selection criteria – namely that all organic, inorganic and organometallic properties and data are excerpted only if they have a structure, experimental fact and a credible citation.

The reaction and substance data within Reaxys is experimentally validated – not calculated – so that less time is spent interrogating results. Its synthesis planner supports the evaluation of alternative synthetic routes and allows chemists to identify and combine selected reaction steps. Sophisticated relevance ranking algorithms combine with filtering tools help prevent chemists from reading irrelevant articles and pursuing unsubstantiated references.

Enhanced interoperability between Reaxys and ScienceDirect further improves the discoverability and visualization of chemical structures. To further improve discoverability and usefulness of the chemistry, authors submitting articles to selected journals are invited to contribute structure (MOL) files of their key compounds. These structure files will be used to visually display all the key compounds referenced in the article in a single scrollable list and will contain direct links to Reaxys, straight from ScienceDirect. It is already possible to access the full-text literature from Reaxys; now Reaxys content is available from ScienceDirect, completing the circle. Furthermore compound identifiers (InChI keys) will be added to the structures, making both the article and its key compounds more discoverable through mainstream search engines like Google.

More information is available here:

Access to this trial is available through the library’s New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage.

Please post comments concerning any aspect of this trial; it aids significantly in our decision-making process.

Handbook of Chemistry & Physics 90th Edition

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The content of the 90th Edition, 2009-2010, of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics is now available online.

The new 90th edition adds several new tables including Structure and Functions of Common Drugs, Solubility Parameters of Polymers, Major World Earthquakes, and Equilibrium Constants of Selected Enzyme Reactions. It adds major updates to several others, including Threshold Limits for Airborne Contaminants, Mass Spectral Peaks of Common Organic Solvents, and Properties of the Solar System. It also adds a table of Nobel Laureates in Chemistry and Physics.

Structure/Property Search

Also new is the ability to search the handbook by chemical structure. Simply download the  Marvin Sketch Java Applet from ChemAxon and then begin drawing your structure query.

You can search over 10,000 compounds by drawing a Chemical Structure, or by completing the Chemical Properties section. To perform a more complex search, you may combine a Chemical Structure with the parameters set in the Chemical Properties section.

New web version of the Dictionary of Organic Compounds

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Chapman & Hall/CRC Publishers has released its latest web version of the Dictionary of Organic Compounds (DOC) is now available on the CHEMnetBASE website .

What’s new?

In addition to updated data and 5,000 new compounds since the last update, this new version also has an upgraded structure searching applet called MarvinSketch that provides full compatibility with Mac OSX, giving Mac users structure-search capabilities for the first time.

Take a tour

The new features of DOC are highlighted in this online tour.


CHEMnetBASE is a web-based compilation of well-known and well-respected chemistry reference books produced by Chapman & Hall/CRC Press. The information offers quick access to chemical and physical property data. Resources included are the Combined Chemical Dictionary (CCD), Dictionary of Commonly Cited Compounds, Dictionary of Drugs, Dictionary of Inorganic and Organometallic Compounds, Dictionary of Natural Products, Dictionary of Organic Compounds, the Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, Polymers: A Property Database, and Properties of Organic Compounds (POC).


CRC Dictionary of Drugs releases its latest version

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The latest web version of the Chapman & Hall/CRC Dictionary of Drugs (DOD) is now available.

The DOD is a subset of  the Chapman & Hall/CRC Combinded Chemical Dictionary  availabe in the CHEMnetBASE .

In addition to updated data on the latest drugs and pharmacological tools, the new version of the DOD  also has an upgraded structure searching applet from ChemAxon. MarvinSketch is powerful and intuitive and also provides full compatibility with Mac OSX, giving our Mac customers structure search capabilities for the first time.

 The new features of DOD are highlighted in this tour.

The Combined Chemical Dictionary (CCD) Web Version is a chemical database containing over 500,000 substances which are formerly available from the following products:

  • Dictionary of Carbohydrates
  • Dictionary of Inorganic and Organometallic Compounds
  • Dictionary of Natural Products
  • Dictionary of Organic Compounds
  • Dictionary of Drugs (formerly PharmaSource)

The information contained on the chemical database includes descriptive and numerical data on chemical, physical and biological properties of compounds; systematic and common names of compounds; literature references; structure diagrams and their associated connection tables.

CRC Handbook 90th Edition now available

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The latest web version of the new Handbook of Chemistry & Physics Online is now available. Try out the new edition by linking to it from the library’s Chemistry electronic resources subject page.

The CRC edition now allows users to search the handbook by chemical structure. Simply download the intuitive Marvin Sketch Java Applet from ChemAxon and then draw your structure query. Search over 10,000 compounds!

the new web version also adds tables covering 11 new topics:

  • Structures and functions of common drugs
  • Chemical constituents of human blood
  • Proton nmr shifts for solvents
  • Apparent Equilibrium Constants for Enzyme-Catalyzed Reactions
  • Phase Transitions in the Solid Elements at Atmospheric Pressure
  • Thermoelectric Properties of Metals and Semiconductors
  • Thermophysical Properties of Stainless Steel 310
  • Description of the IUPAC chemical identifier (InChI)
  • International recommendations on the expression of uncertainty of measurements
  • Major world earthquakes, 850AD to 2008
  • Nobel prize winners in Physics and Chemistry
  • And some of the most heavily used tables have been extensively revised and updated.