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Finding Chemical Data

The Source Matters!

There’s more to the scientific literature than just journals and books.  Often you’ll need a very specific piece of information:  a boiling point, a solubility, a spectrum, safety data, a reaction yield, and so forth.  Finding these can be a challenge but it’s much easier if you’re familiar with the handbooks and databases that contain such data.  Choosing authoritative sources is very important.  There’s lots of inaccurate and unattributed data on the Web, and in the lab accuracy and reliability really matter.  When in doubt, always verify a piece of data in more than one published source.

Examples of authoritative sources:

On the other hand, there are also sources that you'll need to cross-check before trusting:

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