Librarian: Marjorie Peters
Phone: (630) 942-2337
Find Your Named Reaction
- Textbooks There are many organic chemistry textbooks on reserve at the circulation desk (Vogel's Textbook of Practical Organic Chemistry, Morrison and Boyd's Organic Chemistry or March's Advanced Organic Chemistry are good choices) or in the General collection numbers QD 251.2 and QD 261. See temporary Reserve collection for Reaction project. Sometime entire chapters are devoted to a specific reaction, giving mechanisms and instructions on how to produce specific molecules using the reaction in the laboratory.
- Reverse engineer your search --- choose a molecule of interest and see if there is a Named Reaction that makes it. Search in Google: name of molecule and reaction to synthesize or reaction to produce: cinnamic acid reaction to produce. Be sure that your molecule is the product of a reaction and that it is a NAMED reaction.
- General Collection titles
Organic Syntheses Based on Name Reactions by A. Hassner and C. Stumer. On reserve
Named Organic Reactions by Thomas Laue and Andreas Plagens. In General QD291 .L3513 2005 and on Reserve
Strategic Applications of Named Reactions in Organic Synthesis by Laszlo Kurti and Barbara Czako On reserve.
- Ebooks The Library has purchased several useful titles related to named reactions. These are available from home if you have a library card:
Name Reactions. 4th ed. by Jie Jack Li. Note the biographical information in entry.
Name Reactions and Reagents in Organic Synthesis 2nd ed. by Bradford P. Mundy, Michael G. Ellerd, Frank G. Favaloro
Organic Syntheses Based on Name Reactions - A Practical Guide to 750 Transformations (3rd Edition) by A. Hassner and I. Namboothiri
- Springerlink ebooks A large collection of academic book titles available to read online. Go to website, choose Advanced Search. In content box, type name of reaction and go down to choose Category and Date limiters: Only Books. Books from 2001-2011 should be available.
- Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology Editions: 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Different content in each edition. Use the index to each edition to check for examples of your named reaction. Reference TP 9 .E685
- Contemporary Drug Synthesis. For those intererested in researching a pharmaceutical, a bit of history and synthesis, with references. Use the index to see if your reaction is named. Often, it is only one in a series of steps needed to produce a drug. On reserve for class
- Macmillan Encyclopedia of Chemistry. 4 vols. Encyclopedia articles on many named reactions. Reference QD 4 .M33 1997
- World of Chemistry. Encyclopedia entries on many of the major reactions giving history and significance of major named reactions. Reference QD 33 .W873 2000
- Google Advanced Search for Patents. Search for a named reaction of interest to see how it has been used in a patented chemical process. Can also search by patent number. Program will search patents from 1776 to recent months. Patent image available without loading special software. http://www.google.com/advanced_patent_search
History of Reaction
- Great Chemists . Reference QD 21 .F35
- The Biographical Dictionary of Scientists: Chemists . Reference QD 21 .B48
- Dictionary of Scientific Biography . 18 vols. Reference Q 141 .D5 (use index in v. 16 to find biographical information on the person the reaction is named for)
- Cambridge Dictionary of Scientists online
Sources for Information for Appendix
- Aldrich Library of FT-IR Spectra . 3 v. Reference QD 96 .I5 P66 1989
- Aldrich Library of 13C and 1H FT NMR Spectra . 3 v. Reference QC462.85 .A44 1993
- Analytical Profiles of Drug Substances. v. 1-11, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20. Reference RS189 .A582
- Analytical Profiles of Drug Substances and Excipients. v.22-29. Reference RS189 .A582
- Analytical Profiles of Drug Substances, Excipients and Related Methodology. v.30-. Reference RS189 .A582
- Medline Lists research articles from chemical, medical and environmental journals. Most specific search is Advanced search: use CAS registry number and change format from Keyword to Chemical Substance.
- Science Direct Search reaction name or chemical synthesized. be sure to choose "Subscribed journals" in center of page. Almost all titles retrieved will be fulltext.
- Academic Search Premier Use advanced search to link terms (named reaction and molecule synthesized or name of product and environment*...) Choose Scholarly publications. Not everything will result in fulltext but several ACS publications are indexed. Go to local college libraries or order articles on interlibrary loan.
- Academic OneFile Use advanced search. Limit to peer-reviewed publications. Not everything will result in fulltext but several ACS publications are indexed. Go to local college libraries or order articles on interlibrary loan.
Other Sources by Name of Reaction Product (Safety, Significance)
- Pet Molecule project Extensive guide to how to research a specific molecule.
- Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology Editions: 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Different content in each edition. Use the index to each edition to check for examples of your reaction product. Reference TP 9 .E685
- Dictionary of Organic Compounds. 6th ed. 9 vols.
Physical data, bibliography listing sources for synthesis, derivatives, and full reviews of the molecule. Reference QD 246 .D5 1996
- Knovel Interactive Library This database is a cross-searchable collection of electronic books covering many subjects in technology, engineering, safety/environment, science, chemistry and physics and much more. Includes Sax's Dangerous Properties of Industrial Materials, Patty's Toxicology, and over 800 other titles.
- Chemical Compounds. 3 vols. Basic introduction to 180 of the most important organic and inorganic molecules. Historical background and useful bibliographies. Reference QD471 .C44 2006 or e-book version
- Contemporary Drug Synthesis. For those researching a pharmaceutical, a bit of history and synthesis, with references. On reserve for class
- 100 Most Important Chemical Compounds: a Reference Guide. Reference TP 9 .M94 2007 or e-book version
- Google Scholar . Use the Advanced Search feature to search for articles and patents related to your molecule (example: "benzoic acid" synthesis) Look to the right to see if the article is available in PDF or HTML text format. If not, make notes for Interlibrary Loan! http://scholar.google.com/advanced_scholar_search
Safety, Health and Environmental Effects
Special Help with Google
It can be useful to put multiword terms in quotation marks to produce a phrase search; "Cannizzaro Reaction," "benzoic acid". Add more specific terms: nmr, uv, history, safety... HELPFUL HINT: If you want laboratory information from university chemistry departments, add this string: site:.edu Often, there are laboratory procedures for synthesis or background information on a reaction or molecule.
- Use Interlibrary Loan to get books and articles from other libraries. For books, be sure to get author, title and date whenever possible. For journal articles, bibliographic citations in the chemical literature tend to give abbreviated titles. Talk to Marge if you need help finding the full journal title when requesting an article. Chemical citations often do not give the title of the article or full range of pages, so you will need to fill in a topic: use parentheses: (About name of molecule) and starting page number with a + after it. Guide to chemistry journal abbreviations from University of British Columbia will be helpful.
- Interlibrary loan of books can take 10 business days and articles may take 5 business days, so give yourself time to get these materials.
The Library's Citing Sources Guide
MLA and APA styles with links to helpful websites and a citation formatting program. Look at Noodlebib if you need help formatting sources.
Revised September 2011