Welcome to QNL’s Chemistry Subject Guide!

Chemistry is the branch of natural sciences that man has used and researched for a long time. Chemistry continues to make a direct and significant contribution to the progress and development of humanity.

This guide provides an overview of recommended QNL collections on chemistry, such as databases, books, journals, reference and other resources, printed or digital, that are accessible through different websites and platforms.

Please search the QNL Catalog to find out which of the recommended resources can be accessed in a digital format on the QNL website. The catalog also indicates where these resources can be obtained if available only in a printed format.

For study or general reference questions and further assistance on how to find relevant materials for your information needs, please feel free to contact us through the Ask QNL Librarians service.



Use the following databases to search for articles, books, ebooks and other publications related to chemistry. For a comprehensive list of QNL databases, please visit QNL Online Resources

Wiley Online Library
Wiley Online Library provides full-text access to more than 18,000 scholarly and professional books, handbooks and dictionaries covering health and physical sciences, social science, and humanities.

The Merck Index Online
This database that offers online access to over 11,500 monographs and historical records about chemical substances, including human and veterinary drugs, and biological and natural products. Library members have access to journals published from 2014–2017.

Web of Science
Web of Science is a large, interdisciplinary abstract and citation online database providing references to peer-reviewed research literature from journals, books, book chapters and conference proceedings in the sciences, engineering, medicine, social sciences, arts and humanities. Access is available from 2008 to present.

Science Direct is a full-text database of scientific books covering physical sciences, engineering, life sciences, health, social sciences and humanities. The Library’s current subscription provides full-text access to about 20,000 book chapters and more than 2,500 journals.

Royal Society of Chemistry
The Royal Society of Chemistry provides access to journals in a number of fields, including biology, biophysics, energy and environment, engineering, materials, medicine, and physics, in addition to the core chemical sciences. QNL members have access to journals published from 2014–2017.

MarinLit is an online database that provides access to information on marine natural products research. Its content includes revised compounds, synthesis, ecology and biological activities, compound information, formulae, molecular mass, and numbers of various functional groups, UV and taxonomic data. The Library provides access to issues published from 2014–2017.

Print Books

Below is a list of recommended print books. For more books, search the QNL Catalog.

Brown, T.E., Lemay, H. E., Bursten, B.E., Murphy, C., Woodward, P. & Stoltzfus, M.W. (2015). Chemistry: The Central Science. Boston, MA: Pearson.
Call Number: QD31.3 .B765 2015
The authors present a wide range of chemistry concepts, such as matter and measurement, atoms, molecules, nuclear chemistry, periodic properties of elements, and bonding theories. They also cover environmental chemistry, thermodynamics and the chemistry of organic compounds.

Hein, M. & Arena, S. (2014). Foundations of College Chemistry. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
Call Number: QD33.2 .H45 2014
This book explains the fundamentals of chemistry and shows how to solve problems using. Topics include the nature of chemistry, standards for measurement, elements and compounds, properties of matter, early atomic theory and structure, and nomenclature of inorganic compounds.

Kenkel, J. (2013). Analytical Chemistry for Technicians (4th Ed.). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
Call Number: QD75.22 .K445 2014
This book discusses topics in applied analytical chemistry and instrumental analysis, such as sampling and sample preparation, titrimetric, instrumental analysis, spectrophotometry, chromatography, mass spectrometry, electrochemistry, and instrumental techniques.

Timberlake, K. C. & Timberlake, W. (2014). Basic Chemistry. Boston, MA: Pearson.
Call Number: QD31.3 .T54 2014
Chemistry concepts and how they relate to the real world are the focus of this book, which explores matter and energy, atoms and elements, electronic structure, periodic trends, nuclear radiation, organic and biochemistry, and more.

Zumdahl, S.S., & Zumdahl, S.A. (2012). Chemistry: An Atoms First Approach. Bellmont, CA: CENGAGE Learning.
Call Number: QD31.3 .Z87 2012
This book discusses the concept of molecules, structure and bonding. It looks at types of chemical reactions and solutions, acids and bases, electrochemistry organic, and biological molecules.


Below is a list of recommended ebooks related to chemistry. For more ebooks, search the QNL Catalog.

Gorak, A. & Sorensen, E. (Eds.). (2014). Distillation: Fundamentals and Principles.
This volume provides information on the theory and practice of modern distillation, and is suitable for managers in laboratories and industrial plants.

Kinghorn, A.D., Falk, H., & Kobayashi, J. (Eds.). (2015). Progress in the Chemistry of Organic Natural Products (Vol. 94).
The volume is part of a series that covers various topics in chemistry, including synthesis, biochemistry and the use of various naturally occurring substances, ranging from small molecules to biopolymers. The book is suitable for biologists, technologists and chemists.

Olivieri, A. & Escandar, G.M. (2014). Practical Three-Way Calibration.
An introductory-level guide to the field of analytical calibration, this book takes the reader step-by-step through the three-way calibration method.

Rice, J.E. (2014). Organic Chemistry Concepts and Applications for Medicinal Chemistry. Waltham, MA: Elsevier Inc.
Rice addresses the relationship between chemical bonding and molecular properties that helps to determine medicinal activity. He introduces two medicinal chemistry concepts—partition coefficients and the nomenclature of cyclic and polycyclic ring systems—that comprise a large number of drug molecules.

Villars, P., Cenzual, K., & Gladyshevskii, R. (2013). Handbook of Inorganic Substances. 
This reference book provides researchers with crystallographically identified inorganic substances, alphabetically sorted by chemical elements showing the chemical formula, unit cell dimensions, code indicating the level of structural studies, and the reference number.

Print Journals

The following suggested print journals include articles related to chemistry (issues are also available online):

New Journal of Chemistry
A monthly scholarly journal containing original papers in the field of chemistry.

Chemistry: a European Journal 
A scholarly publication that has 48 issues yearly and covers all branches of chemistry.

Chemical Society Reviews
A bi-monthly print journal carrying current peer-reviewed research articles.

Chemical Communications
A platform for communicating brief review articles and scientific views of current research by experienced scientists, published 100 times a year.



Below is a list of e-journals with articles relating to chemistry:

Arabian Journal of Chemistry
An online quarterly academic journal that publishes original papers and reviews in the field of inorganic, physical, organic and analytical chemistry and biochemistry.

Analytical Chemistry Research 
A scholarly journal focused on research in analytical theory and methodology, including chemical and biological methods.

Chemical Science 
A monthly peer-reviewed academic journal covering all branches of chemical sciences.

Natural Product Reports
A monthly online scholarly periodical with research on natural products from the bio-inorganic, bio-organic and chemical biology research fields.

Green Chemistry
A monthly print and online academic journal that carries new research findings in the area of green chemistry, which encourages the design of products and processes that minimize the use and production of hazardous substances.


“The organic material, as the laws of chemistry state, can neither be created nor destroyed."
Dixie Lee Ray

“Chemistry without catalysis would be a sword without a handle, a light without brilliance, a bell without sound.

Alwin Mittasch

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Ira Remsen