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Properties & Identification

Combined Chemical Dictionary recommended resource U.T. restricted
Not really a dictionary at all, the CCD contains records for over 500,000 compounds and derivatives, and is updated occasionally. Entries contain physical data, structure, names and synonyms, CAS Registry Number, and references to relevant literature for synthesis, properties and spectra. CCD combines several titles from the old "Heilbron" family of reference works, including the venerable Dictionary of Organic Compounds, the Dictionary of Inorganic Compounds, the Dictionary of Organometallic Compounds, the Dictionary of Drugs, the Dictionary of Carbohydrates, and the Dictionary of Natural Products .

CRC handbook of chemistry and physics. recommended resource
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e-book CRC Handbook Online U.T. restricted
The CRC is probably the best known reference book in chemistry. Each edition of the CRC contains a table of physical constants for organic compounds, listing molecular weight, physical form, boiling point, melting point, density, nD, solubility, and (in older editions) a Beilstein reference. Consult the table's own indexes by formula, synonym, and CAS registry number. CRC's nomenclature and table arrangement change over time, but a substance is usually found under the common systematic name. Prefer more recent editions.

Dean's handbook of organic chemistry.
(2nd ed., McGraw-Hill, 2004)
print QD 257.7 G65 2004 Reference
Sections on properties of organic, inorganic, and organometallic compounds, atoms, radicals, and bonds, thermophysical properties, spectroscopy, electrolytes, equilibrium, etc. in a CRC-like format.

Handbook of tables for organic compound identification.
(3rd ed., CRC, 1967)
print QD 271.4 R28 1967 Reference
Tables of melting and boiling points of organic derivatives, organized by functional group, then by solid or liquid, then by increasing melting point. Name index.

Lange's handbook of chemistry. recommended resource
(16th ed., McGraw-Hill, 2005)
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Complementary and similar to the CRC, Lange's provides extensive data tables on organic compound properties.

Merck index. recommended resource
(15th ed., RSC, 2013)
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Descriptions of over 10,000 chemicals, drugs, and biological substances. Entries (monographs) include name, synonyms and trademarks, formula, molecular weight, structure, some physical data, and remarks on nature, occurrence and uses. The text of the Merck entry often includes one or more literature or patent references for preparation methods. Indexed by synonym, CAS registry number, therapeutic category and biological activity, and formula. Indexes refer to entry numbers, not page numbers.

Organic Compounds Database
Early web database of 2483 small organic molecules, searchable by basic property values, UV and MS peaks, and simple structural attributes. Returns maximum of 20 hits per search. Dated and useful mainly for students.

Properties of Organic Compounds U.T. restricted
print Handbook of data on organic compounds. (3rd ed., CRC, 1994)
QD 257.7 H36 1994 Reference
This data collection gives names, synonyms, structures, formulas (line and molecular), physical constants, solubilities, spectral data (IR, Raman, NMR, UV, MS), as well as CAS registry numbers and Beilstein references for about 29,000 compounds frequently found in the lab, chemical plants, and the environment. It does not contain literature references or preparation information.

The POC/HODOC grew out of efforts to build a database of chemical properties in conjunction with the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. The original spectral data in the HODOC were derived from the Atlas of Spectral Data and Physical Constants for Organic Compounds (2nd ed., 1975) and augmented by other sources including the NIST/EPA mass spectra libraries.

Reaxys recommended resource U.T. restricted
Reaxys (Beilstein) is by far the largest collection of property data for organic compounds. The printed Handbook is rarely consulted anymore, but previous generations of organic chemists cut their teeth on it. recommended resource
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The Sigma-Aldrich chemical catalog lists thousands of chemical products, reagents, and starting materials. It's particularly useful as a starting point because entries include molecular and structural formulas, basic physical data, and cross-references to Beilstein, Merck Index, Aldrich's spectra and safety collections, and Fieser's Reagents for Organic Synthesis.

Spectrometric identification of organic compounds.
(7th ed., Wiley, 2005)
print QD 272 S6 S55 2005 Reserves
Introductory on the use of mass, infrared, and NMR techniques to identify organic compounds.

Systematic identification of organic compounds.
(8th ed., Wiley, 2004)
print QD 271.4 S965 2004 Reference
Text on identification of unknowns by property, elemental analysis, separation of mixtures, solubility, NMR, IR, MS, functional group tests, etc. An extensive table of melting points of derivatives in is appendix II.

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