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Drawing/Writing in Chemistry

Major print and online resources for chemistry

Chemical Drawing Programs

Guides to Scientific Writing and Presentation

Molecular Drawing and Visualization


Citation Guides and Style Manuals

The ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication.  American Chemical Society:  Washington, D.C., 2020.
Superceding the long-time standard, ACS Style Guide, 3rd ed., this is the primary style guide for chemical literature publications, covering citing electronic sources, punctuation and grammar guidelines, poster session presentations, copyright, etc.

The Manual of Scientific Style : A Guide for Authors, Editors, and Researchers.  Elsevier, 2009.

Scientific Style and Format: the CBE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, 8th ed. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, England, 2006. (O'Neill Reference Desk No Loan   T11 .S386 2014)

Relevant here for its application in the biomedical sciences.  The full guide is only available in print, but Ohio State University has posted a brief guide to electronic citation styles for CSE.

Writing the laboratory notebook. Kanare, H.M. American Chemical Society: Washington, D.C., 1985. (O'Neill Library Offsite Collection (@384666);  choose "Request Book Chapter" from the catalog record).

Chemical Nomenclature

Finding the right name is essential in searching for chemical information. Many standard chemical reference tools offer various search options (synonym, molecular formula, Chemical Abstracts Registry Number, etc.) that can help here. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has the ultimate authority over naming conventions, but other types of names are often used in information exchange. Chemical Abstracts Service names often differ from IUPAC names. Chemical Abstracts Registry Numbers, such as Benzene's RN of 71-43-2, can provide an unambiguous identifier, and can often be used in searching chemical databases. A search on SciFinder by known synonyms, structure, Chemical Abstracts Registry Number, or molecular formula, etc. may retrieve substance records listing up to 50 synonyms for a given compound.

Finding Synonyms for a Known Substance or Structure: 

Names, synonyms, and structures of organic compounds: a CRC reference handbook. Lide, D.R. and Milne, G.W.A., Eds. CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL, 1995. (O'Neill Stacks QD291 .N36 1995)

          Finding a new name:   

International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
Recommendations on Organic & Biochemical Nomenclature, Symbols & Terminology (IUPAC)

International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Recommendations on Organic & Biochemical Nomenclature, Symbols & Terminology (IUPAC)