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Encyclopedic Reviews

Encyclopedic treatises offer a general overview of a topic by expert authors. They are good starting points for learning about particular reactions and chemical mechanisms, and they contain numerous literature references.

Comprehensive coordination chemistry.
(Pergamon, 1987; Elsevier, 2004)
print QD 474 C65 - (I, 1987, 7 vols.; II, 2004, 10 vols.) Reference
Overview of the field, surveying binding of ligands, coordination chemistry of the elements in periodic order, and applications. Indexes by subject and formula are in vol. 7. This set complements Comprehensive organometallic chemistry, and the division between them is somewhat arbitrary. Part II updates the original set.

Comprehensive heterocyclic chemistry.
(Pergamon, 1984; Elsevier, 1996)
print QD 400 C65 (I, 1984, 8 vols.; II, 1996, 11 vols.) Reference
Covers compounds with rings that have at least one non-carbon atom. Chapters are arranged by ring type and discuss structure, reactivity, and synthesis. Volume 8 has indexes by subject, author, ring system, and physical data values. The 1996 sequel updated the literature coverage.

Comprehensive natural products chemistry.
(Elsevier, 1999)
print QD 415 C63 1999 Reference, 9 vols.
Broad overview focusing on biosynthesis rather than structure.

Comprehensive organic chemistry.
(Pergamon, 1979)
print QD 245 C65 Reference, 6 vols.
All classes of organic compounds are represented. Vols. 1-3 cover various functional groups, vol. 4, heterocyclics, and vol. 5, biological compounds. Vol. 6 is a series of indexes by formula, reagent, reaction, subject, and author. Many literature references are also included. Edited by Derek Barton.

Comprehensive organic functional group transformations.
(Pergamon, 1995; Elsevier, 2005)
print QD 262 C534 (I, 1995, 7 vols.; II, 2005, 7 vols.) Reference
Attempt to organize current knowledge of organic synthesis in terms of the introduction and interconversion of functional groups. Volumes are broken down by the number of attached heteroatoms. Subject and author indexes are in v. 7. The 2005 set updated the original.

Comprehensive organic synthesis.
(Pergamon, 1991; 2nd ed. Elsevier, 2014)
print QD 262 C535 1991 Reference, 9 vols.
print QD 262 C535 2014 Reference, 9 vols.
Each volume of this set covers a particular type of reaction or bond formation and has its own author and subject index. Articles are comprehensive reviews written by recognized experts. Vols. 1 and 2 cover additions to C-X π-bonds; vol. 3, C-C σ-bond formation; vol. 4, additions to and substitutions at C-C π-bonds; vol. 5, combining C-C π-bonds; vol. 6, heteroatom manipulation; vol. 7, oxidation; vol. 8, reduction; and vol. 9, cumulative author and subject indexes. A good reference tool for both specialists and occasional users.

Comprehensive organometallic chemistry.
(Pergamon, 1982; Elsevier, 1995, 2007)
print QD 411 C65 (I, 1982, 9 vols.; II, 1995, 14 vols.; III, 2007, 13 vols.) Reference
Reviews the elements individually, surveying uses in synthesis and catalysis, bonding, behavior in solution, and environmental impact. The sequels update the original set.

Comprehensive supramolecular chemistry.
(Pergamon, 1995)
print QD 876 C662 1996 Reference, 11 vols.
Supramolecular chemistry is defined as the chemistry of organized entities that result from the association of two or more chemical species held together by intermolecular forces. This set covers organic, synthetic, and coordination chemistry, theoretical studies of interactions, and biological processes.

Rodd's chemistry of carbon compounds.
(2nd ed., Elsevier, 1964-2001)
print QD 251 R6 1964 Stacks
Organized in multi-part volumes with supplements: I - Aliphatic (chain); II - Alicyclic; III - Aromatic; and IV - Heterocyclic. Each volume or supplement is a stand-alone review on the chemistry of specific types of compounds, with its own index. Types of compounds in each volume are shown on the spine. Volume 5 is a general index to the series.

Science of Synthesis: Houben-Weyl
print Reference Stacks
This series provides selected and detailed laboratory methods for preparation of organic and organometallic compounds. Houben-Weyl is structured according to the type of product formed. Only the principal function is considered, as defined by the level of oxidation, substitution or saturation of the carbon atom(s). Transformations of the principal functional group are illustrated by typical examples, presented as a methodological overview with extensive references.

The 5th Edition (2000-10) is organized by broad compound categories, which are in turn subdivided into volumes on specific compound classes. After 2010 the series continued with quarterly Knowledge Updates and occasional Reference overviews. There are no indexes.

Review Series and Serials

Annual reports on the progress of chemistry: Section B.
(Royal Society of Chemistry, 1967-2012)
print Journal Stacks
Review articles providing an overview of the most important advances in organic chemistry during the year covered.

Chemistry of functional groups.
(Wiley, 1964- )
print Book Stacks (see library catalog for call numbers of individual volumes)
print Guide: QD 251.2 P34 1992 Reference
Series of book-length reviews covering the characteristics, synthesis, and chemical nature of particular classes of compounds. For a guide and index to the early series, see Patai's 1992 Guide to the Chemistry of Functional Groups. (The library has most pre-1990 volumes, but only a few recent volumes.) Founded by S. Patai, and continued by Z. Rappoport.

Chemistry of heterocyclic compounds.
(Wiley, 1950- )
print QD 399 C534 Book Stacks
Series of original reviews covering the syntheses, reactions, properties, structures, physical chemistry, and utility of compounds belonging to specific ring systems or classes. Each volume deals with a specific compound type. Volume 65 is a system index for the first 64 volumes in the series.

Natural product reports. e-book U.T. restricted
(RSC, 1984- )
Bimonthly journal covering developments in bioorganic chemistry and the separation and biosynthesis of natural products.

Organic Chemistry Highlights e-book
A free online journal with short reviews of organic, bioorganic, organometallic and microwave chemistry, total synthesis of natural products and multi-component reactions. These reviews are later collected in the Organic synthesis: state of the art book series.

Organic reaction mechanisms.
(Wiley, 1965- )
print QD 258 O82 Book Stacks
Annual review volumes; excludes reaction topics in electrochemistry, photochemistry, organometallics, surface chemistry, and heterogeneous catalysis. Coverage lags several years behind. UT holdings: 1965-2005.

Organic reactions.
(Wiley, 1942- )
print QD 258 O7 Book Stacks
Each volume contains lengthy review chapters devoted to a single reaction or reaction phase of wide applicability. Emphasis is on preparation, giving detailed procedures for each method, plus examples and bibliographies. Tabular surveys include all known examples of the reaction from the literature (compounds listed in these tables are not listed in the indexes). A cumulative chapter-topic and author index appears in each volume. Reactions from this series are indexed in the CASREACT file in SciFinder. A list of published chapters can be found on the OR Wiki.

Progress in heterocyclic chemistry.
(Pergamon, 1989- )
print QD 399 P764 Book Stacks
Annual review volumes that lag a few years behind in coverage of the literature.


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