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General Chemistry: Books and Dissertations

This subject guide is intended to help you get started doing research in KU libraries and it's designed to match your curriculum and assignments.

Interlibrary Loans

KU staff, students and faculty have multiple options for Interlibrary Loan that significantly expand the number of materials available to them.

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Interlibrary Loan Request Form

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Knovel contains over 1,800 full-text science books from various publishers. Some titles have interactive features. Topics include earth sciences, chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering, oil and gas engineering. Nanotechnology collection has been recently added.

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CRC Netbase

Searches over 1,300 textbooks and handbooks from the following databases: CivilEngineeringnetBASE, ElectricalENGINEERINGnetBASE, MechanicalEngineeringnetBASE, and TELECOMMUNICATIONSnetBASE.

Science Direct Ebooks

Offering comprehensive coverage of the full range of scientific disciplines,books are now fully integrated with journals, book series, handbooks and reference works on ScienceDirect. Spanning subject collections within the science and technology disciplines, the ScienceDirect eBooks Frontlist collection is an increasingly significant source of relevant, quality content.

Subject Search

You will find books and other material of interest and relevance to General Chemistry in different areas throughout the Library. Listed below are popular terms that are used in the study of Chemistry. Note that some words are related and are found near each other on the shelves.


Atomic Structure

Chemical Bonding

Chemical Equilibrium

Chemical Kinetics

Chemistry – Analytic

Chemistry -- Study and teaching (Higher)


Gas Laws


Intermolecular forces




Finding Dissertations and Theses

Theses, dissertations and student projects can be found from ProQuest Database

Search under University name you will get the results HERE

Theses and dissertations from other institutions:

EThOS (Electronic Theses Online Service)

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Abstracts

1861 to date, with abstracts from July 1980. Covers over 2,700,000 titles.
This database has a US-bias and is the official digital dissertations archive for the Library of Congress and the database of record for graduate research in the US.

Australasian Digital Theses Program

A distributed database of digital versions of theses produced by the postgraduate research students at Australian universities.

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)

NDLTD is an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination and preservation of electronic analogues to the traditional paper-based theses and dissertations. Full text of some theses is available.

Theses Canada Portal

The access point for Canadian theses and information about the Theses Canada program. Full text electronic versions of numerous Canadian theses and dissertations are available.


Access to over 100,000 full-text research theses from various European countries

General Chemistry Reference Books

Useful Call Numbers

Books and other material of interest and relevance to Physical Chemistry can be found in different areas throughout the Library. Listed below are important Library of Congress Call Number (LCCN) areas that are used in the study of Chemistry.

HD9560-9663 Chemical Industries
QC319.8 Heat Transfer (Physics)
QD281 Catalysis – Organic Chemistry
QD505 Catalysis – Inorganic Chemistry
QD565 Electrochemistry
QD503 Chemical Equilibrium, Phase Rule
QD901 Fluid Mechanics – Crystallography
TA357 Applied Fluid Mechanics (General Engineering)
TD500-780 Sewage Collection and Disposal Systems
TD881-TD883 Air Pollution
TN879.56 Petroleum Pipelines – Fluid Mechanics
TP155-TP156 Chemical Engineering – Mass Transfer
TP200-TP248 Chemicals
TP690-TP692.5 Mineral Oils and Waxes
TP751-TP762 Oil & Gas Processing/Gas Industry