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Howdy! This guide provides information about our chemical engineering information resources available at the University Libraries.

Please contact me for individual consultation, group instruction, library purchase recommendations, and suggestions for this guide.

Be sure to check the chemical engineering class guides if you are working on a class assignment.


Catalog Search (LibCat)

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LibCat (Main Library Catalog)


E-Journal Search

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Citation/Bibliographic Managers

This software not only allows you to store and manage citations downloaded from databases and other sources, but works with word processing software (e.g., Word) to properly format your citations.

Engineering Standards

Please see our Standards Guide for additional information about searching and accessing standards. You can learn more about standards and their importance at the following websites: Why Standards Matter and Standards Education.

  • ASTM Compass (ASTM Standards)
    Provides access to ASTM standards.
  • SAI Global Standards
    Provides access to the current ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, as well as a searchable database for standards from over 300 issuing organizations.
  • American Petroleum Institute (API)
    Provides access to most of the API standards and many of their other publications. Once at the webpage, click "IHS Standards Expert" to access search page.
  • ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code
    The ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code provides design standards for pressure vessels and piping. The current ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code is available through the SAI Global Standards database. Search BOILER AND PRESSURE VESSEL CODE as the "Title" to locate.
  • NFPA (National Fire Protection Association)
    NFPA codes and standards are free to access and read, but cannot be downloaded or printed. If a hard copy is really needed, request through SAI Global above.
  • OSHA Regulations/Standards
    OSHA's regulations/standards are outlined In Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The standards for general industry are in Part 1910.
  • IEEE Xplore
    Contains IEEE standards used in process control and associated electronics, as well as IEEE journals and conference proceedings.

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

If you are new to a topic, a brief definition or encyclopedia article may be the place to start. Kirk-Othmer and Ullmann's are excellent places to learn about chemical processes and chemicals.

  • Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology
    Contains over 1,000 articles on chemical substances, physical properties, industrial production, and process diagrams. Click "Articles by Title" along the left side or "Search this book" along the right side.
  • Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry
    Like Kirk-Othmer, Ullmann's contains over 1,000 articles on chemical substances, physical properties, industrial production, process diagrams and unit operations in chemical engineering. Click "Articles by Title" along the left side or "Search this book" along the right side.
  • AccessScience
    Includes McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, as well as other content.
  • Encyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design
    Also known as McKetta. Similar to Kirk-Othmer and Ullmann's, this 69-volume set focuses more on chemical processes and design. This is only available in print and is not as up-to-date as Kirk-Othmer and Ullmann's.
  • Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Technology
    Contains over 500 articles. Major topic categories include additives, applications, biomaterials, characterization and analysis, classification, computers in polymer science, degradation, morphology, polymeric materials, polymerization reactions, polymer properties, processing and finishing, surfaces and interfaces, and testing.
  • Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary
    Compilation of technical data and short descriptions of thousands of chemicals, chemical phenomena, trade names, processes, reactions, products, and related terminology.
  • Merck Index
    Contains brief entries on the synthesis, use, biological activity, and property data on over 10,000 chemicals, drugs, and biologicals.


Handbooks are a great place for property data, constants, or related material. Below are a few handbooks, please see the Handbooks/Books tab above for many more.

Databases - Searching the journal literature

Search these resources to locate journal articles, conference papers, and other literature on a particular topic. Once you find an article you like, click the "Find Text @ TAMU" button within the database to obtain the full-text or request through our Get It For Me service. NOTE: If you already have a citation to a particular article, you'll use our "e-Journals" search to check online access or LibCat for print. Please see the Journals/Databases tab above for many more databases.

  • Compendex
    Covers all areas of engineering. Indexes journals, magazines, conference proceedings and some technical reports. Should be used for every chemical engineering literature search. Coverage is 1884-present.
  • SciFinder
    Comprehensive database for chemistry, biochemistry, materials science, and related subjects. It includes information on substances, reactions, and provides structure and substructure searching. Indexes journals, patents, conference proceedings, and some technical reports. Coverage 1800s-present.
  • Web of Science
    This multidisciplinary citation database indexes over 7,000 science journals, as well as conference proceedings. Coverage 1900-present.


Patents can be a great source of technical and design information, but the patent literature can be challenging to search. Below are links to the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), Google Patents (U.S. Patents), and Espacenet (European Patent Office). Please see our Patents Resource Guide for more information about searching the patent literature or contact me for assistance.

Science & Engineering Librarian

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Office Hours

Please feel free to contact me at any time via email, phone or in-person. In addition to Evans Library Room 111J, I can also be found in Chemistry Building Room 117 on the following days/times during the Fall and Spring semesters:

Thursday 10:00 am - Noon
Friday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

ChemE News

The following are a few trade magazines containing chemical industry news and developments.


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