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Chemistry is defined as “the study of matter and the changes it undergoes” (Chang, 2010). Traditionally, disciplines within chemistry include Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physical Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry. In recent years, many specialized disciplines have emerged, such as Neurochemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, Green Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Geochemistry and Nanochemistry.


Reference: Chang, Raymond (2010). Chemistry, 10th Ed. New York: McGraw Hill. – Available in Lee Wee Nam Library; Call no: QD31.2.C456 2010

International Year of Chemistry 2011

To celebrate the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of mankind, 2011 was declared as the International Year of Chemistry (IYC 2011) by the UN General Assembly. The theme of IYC 2011 is “Chemistry – our life, our future”. IYC 2011 will offer a range of interactive, entertaining, and educational activities for all ages. Its intention is to reach across the globe, with opportunities for public participation at the local, regional, and national level. For more information regarding IYC 2011, please visit the website for International Year of Chemistry 2011.

Course Structure
The Division of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry offers a 4-year direct honours undergraduate program. The basic foundation of chemistry will be covered in the first two years. Students will also be able to learn other scientific disciplines and even beyond science so as to experience a broad-based education. During the third and fourth year, more specialized courses will be offered. Options are also available for students to specialize either in Medicinal Chemistry and/or Green Chemistry and/or Food Science and Technology.

There are also opportunities for students to carry out research with staff members during the semester break and also through a semester-long intensive research project in Year 4. This intensive research project can be done in industry, research institutes or within the university.

Literature in chemistry spans a wide range of formats including books, conference proceedings, journal articles, white papers and reviews.

Commercial Publishers

Major publishers are Elsevier, Springer, McGraw-Hill, Taylor and Francis, John Wiley, Pearson Prentice‐Hall and Oxford University Press.

Institutional Publishers

Organizations such as professional societies and institutions are also important publishers in chemistry. Here is a short list:

  1. American Chemical Society The American Chemical Society (ACS) is a professional association based in the United States. Its mission is to support scientific inquiry in the field of chemistry.
  2. American Institute of Chemists The American Institute of Chemists (AIC) is an organisation founded in 1923. Its goal is to advance the chemical profession in the United States.
  3. Chemical Institute of Canada The Chemical Institute of Canada is a Canadian professional umbrella organisation for chemists, chemical engineers and chemical technologists.
  4. Royal Australian Chemical Institute The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) is both the qualifying body in Australia for professional chemists and a learned society promoting the science and practice of chemistry in all its branches.
  5. Royal Society of Chemistry The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is a professional association based in the United Kingdom. Its goal is to advance the chemical sciences.
  6. Singapore National Institute of Chemistry The Singapore National Institute of Chemistry (SNIC) is a national body for the chemical profession in Singapore.

Topics/Course Guides

Resource Guide for Biological Chemistry and Chemical Biology

This section is organized according to books, e-books, print and electronic journals. In addition, some web resources are also provided. This bibliography is useful for students interested in finding out more about biological chemistry and chemical biology. Contents...

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Resource Guide for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

This bibliography is useful for students interested to find out more about physical and theoretical chemistry. This section is organized according to books, e-books, print and electronic journals. In addition, some web resources are also provided. Contents at a glance...

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Citation Style for CBC

The Division of CBC uses the ACS citation style. ACS Citation Style Some important components of the ACS citation style: In-text Citation Format References in the text should be cited in one of the three ways: a. by number; b. by superscript number; c. by author name...

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Resource Guide for Organic Chemistry

This section is organized according to books, e-books, print and electronic journals. In addition, some web resources are also provided. This bibliography is useful for students interested to find out more about organic chemistry. Contents at a Glance Books E-Books...

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Selected Resources


Books provide detailed information and clear explanation about a particular topic. They also help the reader to understand the topic better by summarising previous knowledge about the topic.
There are two ways in which you can look for relevant books:


  1. BROWSE the book collection (which is arranged in systematic classified order)
  2. SEARCH the catalogue

Browsing the collection

The main chemistry book collection is located at Level 4 of Lee Wee Nam Library. Most books relating to chemistry are classified with call numbers beginning with QD. The major areas of chemistry and their range of call numbers are shown below. Note that other relevant chemistry books can be classified in other locations.

Subject LC Class
Forensic Chemistry HV 8077
General QD 1 – 65
Analytical Chemistry QD 71 – 142
Inorganic Chemistry QD 146 – 197
Organic Chemistry QD 241 – 414
Biochemistry QD 415 – 436
Coloured Compounds QD 441
Physical & Theoretical Chemistry QD 450 – 801
Crystallography QD 901 – 999
Combinatorial Chemistry RS 419

LC Classification for Chemistry and Biological Chemistry

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Searching for books

You can search the Library Catalogue to generate a list of books on a specific subject in chemistry. Just input the appropriate subject headings in the subject field. Refer to these catalogue tips to help you improve your search results. A list of books on specific chemistry topics has been compiled below:

  1. Analytical Chemistry
  2. Inorganic Chemistry
  3. Organic Chemistry
  4. Biochemistry
  5. Physical Chemistry

The library does not have a particular book? Recommend it to us.

Staff and students can recommend book titles to the library for acquisition.

  1. Staff can recommend through Staff Link as follows:
    Resource Request — Library Services — Book Recommendation
  2. Students can send an e-mail to with the following details:Title
    • Author/Editor
    • Place of publication
    • Publisher or producer
    • Date of publication
    • ISBN
    • Edition
    • Price

For more details, please refer to New Title Recommendation.


An e-book is an electronic version of a printed book which can be read on a personal computer or hand-held device designed specifically for this purpose.

Browsing by E-book Providers

The major providers of e-books in the field of chemistry are listed below. To access, click on the titles and login with your NTU network username and password.

  1. CRCnetBASE
    The collection is categorized into subsets like CHEMLIBnetBase, CHEMnetBASE, FOODnetBASE, POLYMERnetBASE, etc. You may search the subsets individually or the whole collection holistically.
  2. Elsevier Reference Works and Book Series
    Access is through the database platform ScienceDirect Online. Browse or search the collection covering physical sciences and engineering reference collection. Full text availability is indicated by green key symbol.
  3. Knovel
    Browse the collection by subjects – organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, etc. or by the alphabetical listing or search for titles.
  4. NetLibrary
    Provides access to the full text of reference, scholarly, and professional electronic books.
  5. Wiley Online Library
    The library has subscription to e-books in the chemistry collection.

Searching for E-books

Another way to search for and access individual e-books titles is to use the Library catalogue. For instructions on how to search for e-books, please refer to the step-by-step instruction guide.

Selected List of E-Books in Chemistry

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Reference Works

Reference books are the special types of books to look for when one needs concise information at a glance. They are usually not read from cover to cover. Examples are Dictionaries, Handbooks, Encyclopedias, Yearbooks, Abstracts, Almanacs and Biographies.


Reference titles for chemistry can be found using the advanced search function in the library catalogue by specifying the TYPE as REFERENCE.

Some reference titles on chemistry are listed below. Click on the hyperlinked titles to check availability in the Library. Direct access to electronic copies, denoted as [electronic resource], are also available.

Content at a Glance



  1. A dictionary of chemistry [electronic resource] Daintith, John.
  2. Dictionary of colloid and interface science Schramm, Laurier Lincoln.
    [Call No:QD549.S377]
  3. Hawley’s condensed chemical dictionary [electronic resource] Lewis, Richard J., Sr.
  4. McGraw-Hill dictionary of chemistry
    [Call No:QD5.M147]
  5. The combined chemical dictionary [electronic resource] Chapman and Hall.
  6. The Facts on File dictionary of chemistry Daintith, John.
    [Call No: QD5.F142]
  7. The Facts on File dictionary of organic chemistry Daintith, John.
    [Call No: QD246.F142]


  1. E-EROS: Encyclopedia of reagents for organic synthesis [electronic resource]
  2. Encyclopedia of analytical chemistry [electronic resource] Meyers, Robert A.
  3. Encyclopedia of chemistry Rittner, Don.
    [Call No: QD4.R615]
  4. Encyclopedia of computational chemistry [electronic resource]
  5. Encyclopedia of inorganic chemistry King, R. Bruce.
    [Call No: QD148.E56]
  6. Encyclopedia of surface and colloid science Somasundaran, P.
    [Call No: QD506.E56]
  7. Encyclopedia of supramolecular chemistry Atwood, J. L
    [Call No: QD876.E56]
  8. McGraw-Hill concise encyclopedia of chemistry
    [Call No: QD4.M147]


  1. ASM handbooks online [electronic resource]
  2. CRC handbook of chemistry and physics [electronic resource]
    [Call No: QD65.C911]
  3. Dean’s handbook of organic chemistry [electronic resource] Gokel, George W.
    [Call No: QD251.3.G616]
  4. Handbook of analytical techniques Günzler, Helmut.
    [Call No: QD75.22.H236]
  5. Handbook of combinatorial chemistry : drugs, catalysts, materials [electronic resource] Nicolaou, K. C.
    [Call No: QD262.H236]
  6. Handbook of computational quantum chemistry Cook, David B.
    [Call No: QD462.6.D38C771]
  7. Handbook of nuclear chemistry Vértes, Attila
    [Call No: QD601.H236]
  8. Handbook of surface and colloid chemistry [electronic resource] Birdi, K. S.
  9. The complete A-Z chemistry handbook Hunt, J. A.
    [Call No: QD65.H941C]

Journal articles, conference papers, reviews, standards and news articles subscribed by the library are available here.

Core databases

  1. Reaxys (Beilstein\Gmelin)
    Reaxys is a web-based interface for 3 chemical information databases, namely Beilstein (organic chemistry); Gmelin (inorganic and organometallic chemistry); and Patent Chemistry. View its Database information page.
  2. SciFinder (Web Version)
    SciFinder is a research discovery tool that provides access to a wide diversity of research from many scientific disciplines, including biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering and materials science. View its Database information page.

Related databases

  1. ASM Alloy Center
    The ASM Alloy Center enables users to search in one easy step across ASM property data, performance charts, and processing guidelines for specific metals and alloys. It contains five content areas which include alloy finder, coatings data, corrosion data, datasheets & diagrams, and materials property data. View its Database information page.
  2. SciVerse ScienceDirect
    SciVerse ScienceDirect is a full-text scientific database offering journals, book series, books and reference works. It contains more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 11,000 books. View its Database information page.
  3. SciVerse Scopus
    SciVerse Scopus is a multidisciplinary database that covers engineering, science, economics and social sciences literature. It also provides access to citation information. Access to the most recent articles and the highly cited articles in Scopus from NTU are also available. View its Database information page.
  4. Web of Science
    Provides access to abstracts and citations are drawn from leading professional science and social sciences journals. The database also offers access to articles’ cited references which include government publications and patents. View its Database information page.

Academic journals are the dominant communication medium for disseminating and sharing research findings particularly in science and engineering. Journal articles are available in the following ways:


  1. NTU Library Subscribed E-journals A-to-Z list
  2. Databases
  3. Print Journals

NTU Library Subscribed E-journals A-to-Z list

Locate the electronic copy in the NTU Library Subscribed E-journals A-to-Z list first. There are four ways to search through the A-to-Z list:


  1. Browse the index of e-journal providers (if you are familiar with the journal publishers like Wiley, Elsevier and etc.)
  2. Search for titles subscribed by the library. E-journal title search can be Title Name, Publisher Name, ISSN, Subjects or all of the above
  3. Browse by subjects
  4. Browse a list of free e-journals

The search result will present the databases that the journal can be found in and the period covered. Click on the database title to proceed.


Search on a specific subject or topic by using databases relevant to chemistry.

Print Journals

Print journals are located at the level 2 and bound journals (i.e. older issues) are at the level 5 in the Lee Wee Nam Library. Currently, the bound journals are not available in the digital format.

For a specific title, locate the call number and location via the library catalogue. Select JOURNAL TITLE from the drop down menu.

Important Note: Articles titles are not searchable in the library catalogue. Journal titles are required.

Journal Ranking

Top Chemistry Journals according to 2011 JCR Report Science Edition

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Store the references to all the journal articles that you find useful using the bibliographic management software, EndNote.


The audio visual collection is located at level B2 in the Business Library. The titles are available for loan by staff and postgraduate students. They are available for in-house viewing by undergraduate students.


Some of the chemistry AV titles are listed below. Click on the titles to check availability in the Library.

  1. Basic laboratory chemistry [videorecording] Rest, Tony.
    Call No: QD43.B311
  2. Chemistry [videorecording] Cardulla, Frank.
    Call No: QD455.C269
  3. Chemistry and life [videorecording] Tschimmel, Udo.
    Call No: QD37.C517
  4. Green chemistry [videorecording] : meeting global challenges Anastas, Paul T.
    Call No: TP155.2.E58G795M 2002
  5. Nature’s chemistry [videorecording] Tschimmel, Udo.
    Call No: QD37.N285
  6. The future of chemistry [videorecording] Tschimmel, Udo.
    Call No: TP248.2.F996

View this step-by-step guide on how to search for AV titles in the Library Catalogue.

Web Resources

Some web resources on chemistry are listed below.

Content at a Glance

Chemistry Institutions and Societies
Topical Sites
Search Engines
Discussion Forums and News Groups
Directories of Sources
Institutions of Higher Learning
Scholarly Communication Resources

Chemistry Institutions and Societies

  1. American Chemical Society
    The American Chemical Society (ACS) is a professional association based in the United States. Its mission is to support scientific inquiry in the field of chemistry.
  2. Chemical Institute of Canada
    The Chemical Institute of Canada is a Canadian professional umbrella organisation for chemists, chemical engineers and chemical technologists.
  3. International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
    The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) is a scientific, international and non-governmental body that serves to advance the worldwide aspects of the chemical sciences. It also aims to contribute to the application of chemistry in the service of mankind.
  4. Royal Society of Chemistry
    The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is a professional association based in the United Kingdom. Its goal is to advance the chemical sciences.
  5. Singapore National Institute of Chemistry
    The Singapore National Institute of Chemistry (SNIC) is a national body for the chemical profession in Singapore.

Topical Sites

  1. Organic Chemistry Portal
    The Organic Chemistry Portal offers an overview of recent topics, interesting reactions, and information on important chemicals for organic chemists.
  2. Organic Chemistry Resources Worldwide
    This website is designed by and for the specific needs of organic chemists. Its aim is to provide a one-stop shop where reliable, regularly updated information is available at high speed.
  3. Organic Syntheses
    A publication of reliable methods for the preparation of organic compounds.

Search Engines

  1. ChemSpider
    ChemSpider is a free access service providing a structure centric community for chemists. It provides access to millions of chemical structures and integration to a multitude of other online services.
    Provides access to the information chemists need to enhance their research, product development, self-development, education, and/or their businesses in chemistry and related disciplines.
  3. Infomine
    A virtual library of internet resources compiled by US librarians.
  4. Intute
    Free online service created by a consortium of seven UK universities, providing access to technology web resources.
  5. PubChem
    PubChem provides information on the biological activities of small molecules. It includes substance information, compound structures, and BioActivity data in three primary databases, Pcsubstance, Pccompound, and PCBioAssay, respectively.
  6. Scirus
    Comprehensive scientific search engine on the internet.
  7. Scitopia
    A free, federated search portal initiated by the collaboration of 15 leading science and technology societies.
  8. WebElements
    Provides an interactive periodic table on the web.

Discussion Forums and News Groups

  1. ChemiCool
    Includes general discussion forums, periodic table of the elements forums, organic chemistry forums and biochemistry forums.

Directories of Sources

  1. c2k
    Compiled by the University of Cambridge’s Department of Chemistry, this index lists two thousand of the best chemistry sites on the Internet.
  2. Directory of Open Access Journals
    A directory of selected web contents maintained by a vast global community of volunteer editors.
  3. Open directory project – Science: Chemistry
    A directory of selected web contents maintained by a vast global community of volunteer editors.
  4. WWW Chemistry Guide
    A directory and search engine of chemistry related resources on the Internet.
  5. WWW Chemistry Resources
    A directory of chemistry sites on the Internet.

Institutions of Higher Learning

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  2. Princeton University
  3. Stanford University
  4. University of California, Berkeley
  5. University of Cambridge
  6. University of Leicester

Scholarly Communication Resources

  1. Eigenfactor
    The Eigenfactor score is a rating of the total importance of a scientific journal.
  2. Nobel Prize
    The official web site of the Nobel Foundation, providing information for every Nobel Prize since 1901, including the Nobel Laureates’ biographies, Nobel Lectures, interviews, photos, articles, video clips, press releases, educational games and more.
  3. ResearcherID
    A global, multi-disciplinary scholarly research community. It assigns a unique identifier to each author so as to eliminate author misidentification.
  4. Sherpa Juliet
    Provides research funders archiving mandates and guidelines.
  5. Sherpa Romeo
    Provides publisher’s copyright & archiving policies.


  1. ACS Prized Science Videos
    A video series featuring the work and contributions of recipients who won ACS prizes.
  2. Publishing Your Research 101
    A video series by ACS Publications to assist authors and reviewers in understanding and improving their experience with the processes of writing, submitting, editing, and reviewing manuscripts.
  3. The Periodic Table of Videos
    This modern version of the periodic table features a short video about each of the 118 elements.
  4. Top 10 Amazing Chemistry Videos
    Chemistry videos featuring fiery explosions and beautiful reactions.
  5. 100 Years of Houben-Weyl and Science of Synthesis Video
    This video traces the history of Houben-Weyl Methods of Organic Chemistry, a standard reference work for chemists engaged in organic synthesis.

Reserves / RBR titles / Red-spot books are the textbooks for the course modules as recommended by the lecturers.

Browsing the Reserves Collection

Reserve titles for chemistry are located at the Library Outpost (Learning Hub level 1), with Year 1 & 2 books in the ARM (Automated Reserves Machine) outside the Library Outpost. They are available for 2-hour loans using the self-service machine located within the Reserves section. Overdue fines for such loans are set at S$0.50 per hour.

Searching for Reserves

You can retrieve reserves titles via their course codes from the library catalogue as follows: Go to the Library Catalogue:


  1. Click on the Reserves tab.
  2. Key in the course code into the search box.
  3. Click on Search By Course ID.
Student Works

Access chemistry final year project reports (except the confidential reports) in our Digital Repository (Restricted Access). Log in using NTU network user name and password to view the full text.

View the Collection Page of chemistry student reports (FYP/IA/PA/PI). Enter your search terms and click Go.

Alternatively, browse by author, title, subject and date.


Staff Publications

Publications by NTU faculty consisting of journal articles and conference papers are available in the open access collection of DR-NTU, which is searchable in Google.

Chemistry Staff Papers

View the chemistry staff papers.

A number of publishers like RSC allow self archiving of publications in institutional repositories. Refer to the copyright policies and archiving guidelines from Sherpa Romeo for submitting articles in DR-NTU.

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