If you're looking for common thermodynamic and physical property data for relatively well-known small organic compounds, you'll probably be able to find it using the three sources described in this tutorial. But what happens if you can't find it? Chances are, your search is going to get much harder. It really depends on what kind of compound or system you're dealing with, and what kind of data you need.
Start by consulting other property databases listed on our Thermodynamic Property Information page. This guide contains more than you'd ever want to know about many resources and their limits. Not all of them will be appropriate to your search.
Next, consider expanding your search to printed sources. To a generation raised on the Web, this can be painful and disorienting. But a great deal of useful data exists only in print and must be tracked down in the library. To help your search, we have created the ThermoDex database, which is a guide to more than 300 data compilations and handbooks available in the UT Libraries. You can specify the type of compound and property you need and it will generate a list of possible books and their locations and call numbers.
Follow the 20-minute rule. That is, if you don't find the information you need after about 20 minutes of searching in the BEST SOURCES, stop and ask for help. You can come into or call the library, or send us an email question.
You might need to do a proper literature search or ask for help on doing one. This is the only way to know with some confidence if the data you need have ever been reported.