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CHEM 2552: Named Reaction Project

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History, Methodology & Results

Many of you will be able to find historical information about your reaction in library print materials.  The books below are drawn from Reference and Course Reserves, which you can access by heading to the main circulation desk (2nd floor, SRC).   Have questions about where any book on this list might be?  Stop by the reference desk, or take a look at the lower level library collections map

Health and Safety

In addition to the books above, the books/links below will help you to gather health and safety information about your reaction: 

If the sources above are not helping, you can also try Google. Try searching for your reaction ("Cannizzaro Reaction") and add specific words: NMR, UV, safety. You can also restrict yourself to college/university websites by adding to your search.  

Find Chemical Research

The following two databases will help you to locate scholarly research using your named reaction.  Remember to put your named reaction in quotes ("Akabori Amino Acid Reaction") so that you can be more precise in your search. 

If you cannot find the spectra you need in SciFinder, you're also welcome to check our print FT-IR Spectra and NMR Spectra volumes in Reference.  If you need information about a drug, you can also check the Analytical Profiles of Drug Substances series or the Dictionary of Organic Compounds

Finally, the Spectral Database for Organic Compounds (SDBS) provides good (if sometimes limited) spectral data. 

Still having trouble finding information?  Feel free to email me to talk about how to do more research.  You can also use the link below to request more articles/information. 


Of course, as you get ideas and data from your sources, you want to be able to cite them.  Keep in mind that you want to cite not only quotations, but also ideas that you get from your research.

Not sure if you are paraphrasing, plagiarizing, or patchwriting?  Check out Academic Integrity by Ulrike Kestler, which has a section on all three

Need some help putting together citations?  Check out the helpful links below: 

Want software to create citations for you? Check out the database below:

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