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Locating "literature values" for physical and chemical data is an important part of completing experiments and evaluating your data. Here are some links to help you along.

Reserves Binder
The binder available at the Chemistry Library's reserves desk contains copies of the relevant handbook pages, tables, and selected journal articles as cited in your lab manual.

Reserve Books in the Library
Various lab texts and background readings are on reserve in the Chemistry Library. Ask for them by title or author at the reserves desk. Checkout is for 2 HOURS (overnight 2 hours before library closes, due 1 hour after library opens). You MUST have your UT ID card to check them out.

The Library Exercise
While you're not limited to online tools to find answers to your exercise questions, all of the answers can be found in one or more of the Big Four:

Be sure to cite the source where you find the answer.

Finding Data 101
This brief tutorial gives examples of using some of the major online tools to locate chemical and thermodynamic data.

Finding Chemical Data
This syllabus chapter gives you a longer overview of reliable chemical and physical data on the Web and in the literature. And why you should not Google it. Reading this chapter will make your life much easier both in CH 153K and down the road.

Finding Thermodynamic and Physical Property Data
Listing of many sources for reliable data.

ThermoDex
An index of hundreds of printed data handbooks and compilations in the library. If you can't find what you seek in the major online tools, you can use ThermoDex to expand your search.

Citing Your Sources
The citation format for data values found in online databases typically looks like this:

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics [Online]; http://www.hbcpnetbase.com/ (accessed Nov 7, 2013).

(Don't copy the entire URL of a specific page or data table as this will not work for others. Just use the base URL. Don't worry about authors or editors of these sources: the title and URL and the date accessed are all that really matters.)

The ACS Style Guide is the source of guidelines for citing various literature sources in chemical publications and lab reports. The Guide is available at the Reserves desk. Here are some typical examples of literature you may need to cite.