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Chemistry Subject Guide

Books and Other Information

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Relevant Library of Congress Call Numbers

This is only a partial list of the call numbers pertaining to Chemistry. For a complete listing, go to the Library of Congress Classification Outline, provided by the Cataloging Policy and Support Office of the Library of Congress.

QD 7 Chemistry-Nomenclature
QD 11-28 Chemistry-History
QD 40-45 Chemistry- Study & Teaching
QD 45 Chemistry- Laboratory Manuals
QD 71-142 Chemistry, Analytical
QD 81-95 Chemistry, Analytical- Qualitative
QD 101-142 Chemistry, Analytical-Quantitative
QD 133 Chemistry, Metallurgic
QD 151-199 Chemistry, Inorganic
QD 248-449 Chemistry, Organic
QD 261 Chemistry, Organic- Laboratory Manuals
QD 262 Chemistry, Organic- Synthesis
QD 291 Chemistry, Organic- Nomenclature
QD 453-651 Chemistry, Physical and Theoretical
QD 467 Chemistry- Classification
QD 476 Chemistry, Physical Organic
RA 1057 Chemistry, Forensic
RB 40 Chemistry, Clinical
RS 402-431 Chemistry, Pharmaceutical
Subject Headings

Library of Congress Subject Headings are the words and phrases that you will use to do a subject search in Muse (as opposed to a word search, where you may use any words you like). Although Chemistry is a Library of Congress Subject Heading, you will probably get better results if you are more specific. If you are interested in a particular branch of chemistry, i.e. organometallics, use the subject heading Organometallic chemistry and the many subdivisions that follow that heading. Be careful in your word choices--some words and phrases that may seem very natural to you will not be Library of Congress Subject Headings.

It is often helpful to do a word search on your topic, and, once you find an appropriate source, examine the subject headings. You may then conduct a subject search by clicking on the linked subject heading in Muse. If you cannot find a source using a word search, consult the print Library of Congress Subject Headings (on the Ready Reference shelves in the Reference Area Level 4) to find the proper subject heading.