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Encyclopaedias and Handbooks provide a useful starting point.These useful sources present a comprehensive coverage of chemical substances, including their Chemical Abstracts (CAS) Registry numbers; of fundamental principles and of manufacturing processes. Each section has a list of references including the more important original papers and patents pertaining to that topic.
The Library has three major encyclopaedias for chemical engineering, two of which are available in electronic form.
Encyclopedia of chemical processing and design. (McKetta) 68 volumes 1976-1999.
Reference collection 660.03 E54
The emphasis is on process design and technology, including economic aspects. There is a brief subject index in volume 68.
Encyclopedia of chemical processing, edited by S. Lee
Reference collection 660.03 E54.2
"a complete reconceptualisation of the classic reference . . . this resource offers extensive A-Z treatment of the subject.
Kirk-Othmer encyclopedia of chemical technology. current
For many years, the principal English language encyclopaedia, covering chemical substances, fundamental principles, manufacturing processes.
Ullmann's encyclopedia of industrial chemistry. current
Originally the German chemical technology encyclopaedia, now in English.
Provides a broader coverage than Kirk-Othmer, with substantial lists of references including patents.
Both K-O and Ullmann's in their electronic form have the same search software, so here are some brief notes.
If you want to see the section dealing with, for example low rank coal, use BROWSE ARTICLES BY and click on Title. This brings up an alphabet, just click on the appropriate letter, eg. C or L to get a list of the topics. Scroll down and click on the relevant topic, eg. Coal or Lignite and Brown Coal.
Note the column on the left-hand side which allows you to choose and go to a specific chapter, eg. 9. Coal Conversion (Uses) or 4. Resources and Production. Underneath the list of chapters are links to lists of the Figures and Tables which appear in the text of the section. These can be a quick way to go back to a figure or table that you remember in the encylopaedia.
Alternatively you can use the SEARCH IN THIS TITLE bar to find the sections where information on your topic may occur. Type your search terms in the bar, eg. sulfur dioxide removal [NB. Both Kirk-Othmer and Ullmann's are published by an American publisher, so your search needs to take account of American spelling !!]
Click on the Go button to get a list of the sections where information on your topic may be found.
Click on the link to Section Text in HTML to go to the relevant part of the encyclopaedia.
Follow up References from the encyclopaedias.
Entries in Kirk-Othmer and Ullmann's provide extensive lists of references to articles, books and patents which give more detail on an aspect of the topic.
Check the source title, journal name or conference name, for these references in the Library Catalogue to see if they are available here.
NOTE In many cases the title of the journal for a reference is given in an abbreviated form. Find out what is the full title of the journal before you search the Library Catalogue. There is a list of abbreviations, Periodical title abbreviations, behind the Information Desk, or use All that JAS: journal abbreviation sourcces.
Other handbooks and encyclopaedias
You may also consider using one or more of the many specialised encyclopaedias and handbooks in the Library which cover issues of importance to chemical engineering such as environmental engineering.
Many of these are found in the Reference collection at 660-669.
Finding more information on a topicTo find books on a topic use the Keyword option of the Library Catalogue.
Use Library Catalogue - all options then from Search by: select Keywords (use and, or, not, " "). Using the Boolean operators (and, or, not) will enable you to make your search more effective.
To find what journal articles have been written on a topic
as well as
what conference papers, reports and patents exist, you need to search indexes
Try the following indexes first; using the Keyword search strategy -
CHERUB: CHemical Engineering Reference User Bibliography. 1989-
CHERUB is a handy index to prominent English-language journals in chemical engineering. Many are held by the Library. See notes on search techniques.
Search techniques for your project
Think before you search the Library catalogue and databases.
Before you do any searching for information consider the various
aspects of your topic.
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