Chemistry, a physical science, explores and seeks to explain the science of matter; the study of the composition, forms, behavior, structure, and properties of matter and how it undergoes changes during chemical reactions. There are many sub-disciplines in chemistry, grouped by the type of matter being researched. Traditional sub-disciplines are:
- Inorganic chemistry – study of mineral, not biological substances.
- Organic chemistry – study of the structure, properties, composition, reactions, and preparation (synthesis and other reactions) of carbon-based compounds, hydrocarbons, and derivatives.
- Biochemistry – study of substances and matter found in living (biological) organisms.
- Physical chemistry – study of chemical systems by applying the principles and concepts of physics, such as quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, motion, energy, force, etc.
- Analytical chemistry – study of material samples in order to understand chemical composition; separation, identification and quantification of chemical components are the underlying methods of discovery.
- Materials chemistry – the preparation, characterization, and understanding of substances; this sub-discipline integrates all classical chemistry research elements.
- Nuclear chemistry – study of how subatomic particles come together and make nuclei.
- Chem 1 Virtual Textbook – A reference text for chemistry covering general and advanced chemistry topics.
- The ChemCollective: Online Resources for Teaching and Learning Chemistry, National Science Digital Library, National Science Foundation – A project in the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) and funded by the National Science Foundation, the ChemCollective provides a broad collection of online video and text tutorials.
- General Chemistry Online! – Self-guided tutorials, quizzes and drills on specific chemistry topics.
- Chemistry Now - Series of online videos that uncover and explore the science of common, physical objects in our world and the changes they undergo every day.
- WebElements: the Periodic Table on the Web – The Periodic Table of Elements on the web. Features include history of each element, physical, geological, biological, chemical and atomic information, thermochemistry, pictures, isotopes, updates on new elements, etc.
- Online Periodic Table and Elements Flashcards – A fun way for a science/chemistry librarian to re-learn the Periodic Table.
- Periodic Debate – An interesting discussion on the continuing evolution of the Periodic Table of Elements.
- Concept Development Studies in Chemistry John S. Hutchinson, Dean of Undergraduates, Professor of Chemistry and Director, Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology, Rice University – An online introductory chemistry textbook with discrete instructional modules covering central concepts in chemistry.
- Principles of Chemical Science, MIT Open Courseware – Introduction to the chemistry of biological, inorganic, and organic chemistry. Also see additional chemistry courses from MIT.
- How do I Search for Scholarly Chemical Data? University of Washington Library – This video produced by the University of Washington Library, describes the use of three chemistry databases: SciFinder Scholar, Cambridge Structural Database (crystallography), and Bellstein Crossfire. Video podcast is free and accessible through iTunes store.
- Organic Chemistry (2012) (Video, 55 min.) – Overview of organic chemistry by Dr. Susan Meschwitz of Salve Regina University. Presented at the 2012 Science Boot Camp for Librarians.
- Berry Phytochemicals and Diseases of Aging (2012) (Video, 72 min.) – Dr. Catherine Neto of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth presents an example of organic chemistry research: her work on studying the effects of phytochemicals found in berries on diseases of aging. Presented at the 2012 Science Boot Camp for Librarians.
- ChemWiki: Analytical Chemistry – The Analytical Chemistry pages within Chemwiki provide easy to understand overviews of key analytical chemistry terms, concepts and instrumentation.
- The ultimate “analytical challenge”: what is analytical chemistry? (2009) – Explores what is meant by analytical chemistry. Includes a historical perspective on how the field has evolved since the development of mass spectrometry.