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Analytical Chemistry

Guide to Reference Sources

This bibliography is intended as a basic guide to important printed resources in this subject area.
All titles listed are shelved in the Chemistry Library's reference section unless otherwise noted.
Entries marked with a star (star) are particularly useful.

Encyclopedias | Handbooks | Standard Methods | Chromatography
Spectroscopy | Key Journals


Compendium of analytical nomenclature. 3rd ed.
QD 71.8 C66 1998
IUPAC's "Orange Book," defining the terminology of analytical chemistry. Also available on the Web.

Encyclopedia of analytical chemistry. star
QD 71.5 E52 2000, 15 vols.
Extensive compilation of articles on all types of chemical analysis and instrumentation for all types of analytes and matrices. Divided into 5 volumes on Theory and Instrumentation, and 10 volumes on applications. Index in v.15.

Encyclopedia of analytical science. 2nd ed. star
QD 71.5 E539 2005, 10 vols.
Reference work covering all facets of analytical science in three broad areas: techniques (e.g. mass spectrometry, chromatography, etc.), areas of application (e.g. forensic, environmental, clinical); and analytes. Index in volume 10.

Encyclopedia of industrial chemical analysis. star
QD 131 E5, 20 vols.
Vols. 1-3 are devoted to general techniques common to many industrial products; vols. 4-19 cover analysis of specific materials. Vol. 20 is the index to vols. 4-19. Somewhat dated (1966-74), but still useful.

Encyclopedia of separation science.
QD 63 S4 E525 2000 10 vols.
Articles on the processes of any scale by which the components of a mixture are separated without substantial chemical modification. Covers areas such as affinity, centrifugation, chromatography, crystallization, distillation, electrophoresis, extraction, flotation, ion exchange, mass spectrometry, membranes and particle size. Index in volume 10.

Systematic identification of organic compounds. 8th ed.
QD 271.4 S965 2004
Basic introduction to techniques for characterization and identification of unknown organic compounds, detection of functional groups, separations, etc. Known for its original author, Ralph Shriner.


Analytical instrumentation handbook. 3rd ed.
QD 79 I5 E95 2005
Guide to analytical methods and techniques and the instruments involved, including mass measurement, spectrochemical and electrochemical instrumentation, and chromatographic methods.

CRC handbook of organic analytical reagents. 2nd ed.
QD 77 C73 1992
Information on preparation, properties, and analytical applications of organic reagents.

Dean's analytical chemistry handbook. 2nd ed.
QD 78 P37 2004

Handbook of acid-base indicators.
QD 77 S22 2008
Information on over 200 water- and solvent-based indicators, arranged alphabetically. Data include structure, names, registry number, pH range, color change, pKa, solubility, UV lambda-max, applications, and references.

Handbook of basic tables for chemical analysis. 3rd ed.
QD 78 B78 2011
Tables of data for instrumental techniques, including GC, HPLC, TLC, spectrophotometry, and spectroscopy.

Handbook of tables for organic compound identification. 3rd ed.
QD 271.4 R28 1967
Over 8000 parent compounds, grouped in tables by chemical class, with a name index.

Handbook of water analysis. 3rd ed.
QD 142 H36 2014
Analytical techniques for all types of water: surface fresh water, seawater, and groundwater.

Reagent chemicals. 10th ed.
QD 77 A54 2006
American Chemical Society standards on reagent purity and testing.

Sigma-Aldrich handbook of stains, dyes, and indicators. star
QD 77 G73 1990
525 compounds listed by name; entries include description and use, grade, CAS registry number, Colour Index number, formula, mol. wt., mp, bp, appearance, solubilities, preparation, synonyms, spectra, structure, and references. Indexed by name, registry number, CI number, and lambda-max.


The term "standard methods" usually refers to methods that are developed, adopted, and published by organizations or government agencies to ensure consistent analysis, assay, and testing of specific types of materials. This is particularly important for regulatory and legal issues related to food and drug products and environmental pollutants.
AACC approved methods.
TX 557 A54 1983, 2 vols., (8th ed.) Stacks
Methods approved by the American Association of Cereal Chemists for testing grain and cereal products.

Official methods of analysis of AOAC International. 18th ed. star
S 587 O38 2005
Compilation of analytical methods approved and adopted by the Association of Official Analytical Chemists. Covers agricultural materials, foodstuffs, food products, drugs, cosmetics, etc. An online version allows free searching but not viewing.

Official methods and recommended practices of the AOCS. 6th ed.
TP 671 A5 2012
The American Oil Chemists' Society compilation of methods for sampling and analysis of commercial oils, soaps, oilseeds, and related products. Free searching of the current edition can help identify method numbers to look up in print.

ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) Standards. U.T. restricted
Full text of 12,000+ current ASTM standards.

EPA Methods
Finding specific reports, regulations, and methods originating in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can be very challenging. EPA methods may be "published" as printed or microfiche government documents; some may be republished commercially in book form. Some are available only for sale from the NTIS. The EPA has scanned many older documents and made them freely available on the Web, but they can be hard to locate, even with EPA's own search engine. Multiple and conflicting systems of report numbering may be used at any given time. Revisions and supplements are common. A method number (e.g. 200.7) sometimes isn't very useful by itself. An EPA document number (e.g. 600/4-91-010), a title, and a date are better starting points. If you have a method title, be sure to search the library catalog to see if the library has a copy in print or microfiche. Consult a librarian for further assistance.

NEMI - National Environmental Methods Index star
Sponsored by the EPA and the USGS, this database is a searchable clearinghouse of methods and procedures for both regulatory and non-regulatory monitoring purposes. It is a better place to start than the EPA site.

EPA Test Methods Collection
This site is an attempt by the EPA Library to provide links to various EPA methods on the web and in printed form. Reflecting the complexity of these regulatory documents, the coverage is incomplete.

Guide to environmental analytical methods. 5th ed.
TD 193 G84 2003
Tabular comparison guide to the complex array of U.S. EPA methods, including CLP SOW (inorganics and organics); 200 Series (water and wastes); 500 Series (organics in drinking water); 600 Series 40 CFR Pt.136; SW-846 (solid waste) and Water Environment Federation Standard Methods.

Food chemicals codex. 6th ed.
TP 455 F66 2008
Purity requirements and assay tests for over 1,000 chemicals used in food products in the U.S. Prepared by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP).

NIOSH manual of analytical methods (NMAM)
NMAM is a collection of methods for sampling and analysis of contaminants in workplace air, and in the blood and urine of workers who are occupationally exposed. These methods have been developed or adapted by NIOSH or its partners and have been evaluated according to established experimental protocols and performance criteria. NMAM also includes chapters on quality assurance, sampling, portable instrumentation, etc.

OECD guidelines for the testing of chemicals.
TD 193 O75 Stacks
Knovel E-Book
SourceOECD U.T. restricted
"A collection of about 100 of the most relevant internationally accepted testing methods used by government, industry and independent laboratories to identify and characterize potential hazards of new and existing chemical substances, chemical preparations and chemical mixtures. They are a basic set of tools used primarily in regulatory safety testing and subsequent chemical and chemical product notification and chemical registration. ... They cover tests for physical-chemical properties of chemicals, human health effects, environmental effects, as well as degradation and accumulation in the environment."

Official and standardized methods of analysis. 3rd ed.
QD 131 W38 1994
Royal Society of Chemistry's (UK) accepted methods of determination for many industrial products, wastes, agricultural materials, and drugs; Part 2 is a bibliographic section citing other methods.

Standard methods for the analysis of oils, fats and derivatives. 7th ed.
TP 671 S74 1987
IUPAC-approved determination methods for oleaginous seeds and fruits, oils and fats, glycerines, and alkaline soaps.

Standard methods for the examination of water and wastewater. star
QD 142 A5 [latest edition in Reference]
Compendium prepared by the American Public Health Association, the American Water Works Association, and the Water Pollution Control Association, of approved regulatory methods for determining physical properties, metals, inorganic non-metallics, organics, radioactivity, toxicity, and biological constituents in water.

Standard methods of chemical analysis. 6th ed.
QD 131 S68 1962, 3 vols. in 5
Vol. 1 contains methods of determination for the elements; vol. 2 covers industrial and natural products and non-instrumental methods; vol. 3 covers instrumental methods. Each volume has its own index. Dated but useful for wet-lab methods.

United States Pharmacopeia - National Formulary
RS 141.2 U54 Life Science Library, Pharmacy Reference
Official standards for drugs marketed in the U.S. Each monograph includes the name of the ingredient or preparation; the definition; packaging, storage, and labeling requirements; and the specification. The specification consists of a series of tests, procedures for the tests, and acceptance criteria. These tests and procedures require the use of official USP Reference Standards. Medicinal ingredients and products will have the stipulated strength, quality, and purity if they conform to the requirements of the monograph. Tests and procedures referred to in multiple monographs are described in detail in the USP-NF general chapters.


Chromatographic retention indices.
QD 272 C4 P33 1992
Text and tables of retention indices for the identification of organic compounds.

Dictionary of chromatography. 2nd ed.
QD 79 C4 D46 1982

Encyclopedia of chromatography. 3rd ed.
QD 79 C4 E63 2010
Articles on chromatographic techniques and applications for biotechnology, pharmacy, polymers, food additives and nutrients, pathology, toxicology, fuels, pollutants, nuclear chemistry, etc.

HPLC methods for pharmaceutical analysis.
RS 189.5 H54 L77 1997, 4 vols.
Abstracted and evaluated procedures for analysis of medical and veterinary drugs, arranged alphabetically.

Illustrated pocket dictionary of chromatography.
QD 79 C4 S33 2004


For sources of printed and online spectra, see the Spectra and Spectral Data guide.


To see information about print and electronic holdings of these and other journals available in the library, search the Library Catalog and the Find a Journal page.

The literature of analytical chemistry is searched most comprehensively in SciFinder, while a more specialized database that covers many key journals in the field is Analytical Abstracts.