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Chemistry: Books

Library resources for Chemists

Books, Journals and Articles

stack of booksLooking for a book?    Go to the library catalogue  and search by title, author, or keywords.  Is the at another site or  book out on loan? - Place a hold.  Is the book not held by the library at all? - Use the Inter library loan service to borrow it from another library.  Contact your Academic Engagement Librarian if you would like to recommend a book we should buy for the library.

  magnifying glass Check this out:  Oxford Dictionary of Chemistry by John Daintith (Editor) ISBN: 9780199204632   Publication Date: 2008-04-15

pile of magazines   Looking for an online journal?    Search for the title of the journal in eJounals

pile of magazines   Looking for articles or information on a topic?  Try using Library Search to find information on any topic. You will find things that the library has and may not have. Contact the Interlibrary Loan service to see if you can get the resource that the library does not own.

 computer with extension cord to the world  Not on campus?   Use the Southampton Virtual Environment:  Very few of our resources are freely available to any web user. If you're at home, the easiest way around this problem is to sign into the University's SVE service.  Alternatively, some resources may have an "institutional" or "Shibboleth" login option. Use this and log in with your University username and password.

Key locations

The Hartley Library uses the Library of Congress classification scheme for subjects other than Education which uses Dewey Decimal Classification. Key locations for titles of interest to Chemistry students are listed here.

Call Number     Subject     
QD Chemistry
QC Physics
TP Industrial Chemistry
QU Biochemistry

Explaining the Library of Congress Classification System

What is a call number and how do I use it?

When you enter the details of the item that you want on the catalogue it will display a call number or code that tells you where the item is shelved.

The call number will usually look something like these examples:

TK 2380.45 GAR 

306.47 GEL 

B OCEAN (Physical) Kna 

Although the codes look different, they work in much the same way: the combinations of letters and numbers gives a location based on the subject content of the item. The items are arranged on the shelves using the call numbers.

The library floor plan will show you where items with particular call numbers are stored

Theses and Dissertations

PhD/ MPhil theses

  • the library holds print copies of all University of Southampton doctoral level theses; these are listed on Library Search
  • many of these are now also available online from ePrints Soton

Undergraduate/ taught masters dissertations

  • The Library does not normally hold undergraduate or taught masters dissertations.  University of Southampton students should enquire at their Faculty Office regarding any local arrangements for access to previous students' dissertations or final year projects.