Reference books are located on the Main Floor and must be used in the library. They are a wonderful starting point for any research and provide an overview of topics and issues. Reference books frequently include a bibliography that may lead you to other useful resources.
Most of our chemistry books have the LC call numbers beginning with QD. The QDs are shelved on the 6th floor.
QD1-65 General Chemistry
QD71-142 Analytical chemistry
QD146-197 Inorganic chemistry
QD241-441 Organic chemistry
QD450-801 Physical chemistry
QD625-655 Radiation chemistry
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