Physical Chemistry Laboratory - Library Page
Locating "literature values" for physical and chemical data on chemical compounds and systems is an important part of completing experiments and evaluating your data. Here are some links to help you along.
- Blackboard Documents
- The binder available at the Chemistry Library's reserves desk and its Bb equivalent contain copies of the relevant handbook pages, tables, and selected journal articles cited in your lab manual.
- Eutectic of diphenylamine and naphthalene mixtures
- An easier to read version of the dogeared table from the Timmermanns handbook.
- Reserve Books in the Library
- Various lab texts and background readings are on reserve in the Chemistry Library, including Garland's Experiments in Physical Chemistry. 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.
- Molar Absorption Coefficients
- These bits of molecular spectroscopy data can be very tricky to locate. This page is a list of possible sources.
- 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 the CH 153K library exercise and down the road.
- Finding Thermodynamic and Physical Property Data
- Listing of many sources for reliable data.
- 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, 2009).
(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. Chapter 14, covering reference style, is available via the ACS Publications web site as a PDF file. A Univ. of Wisconsin page provides some typical examples of literature you may need to cite.