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Chemistry

About spectra information

If you have: Use...
Unknown spectra, and want to predict the compound from the spectra...

The correlation charts list common vibrational frequencies, shifts, etc. associated with different functional groups.

If your compound is organic, SDBS allows you to enter peaks and shifts. *Follow the instructions for entering your search.*

Spectra from a lab, and need to reference spectra from the literature...

Basic sources for spectra are still the Aldrich libraries, and Sadtler handbooks, under Print - IR and Print - NMR sources, below. Search for your compound in these resources first.

Otherwise, look for your compound in the Online sources, and work your way down to the print ones.
Unknown spectra, and suspect it corresponds to one of a few compounds...

Basic sources for spectra are still the Aldrich libraries, and Sadtler handbooks, under Print - IR and Print - NMR sources, below. Search for your compound in these resources first.

Otherwise, start with the Online sources, and work your way down to the print ones.
Questions about concepts of spectral analysis and want to improve your understanding... Texts, Dictionaries and encyclopedias, General sources

 

For the print sources below: Where a title does not specify spectra type, [o] denotes organic content; [i] denotes inorganic; [?] denotes mostly organic, with undetermined inorganic content; blanks denote both inorganic and organic spectra.

Online sources

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Correlation charts

Used for interpretation of spectra.

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Print - Multiple spectra

These are all available in the library. Click on the titles to see their call number and location.

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Print - Infrared spectra

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Print - Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectra

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Print - Ultraviolet/Visible spectra

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Print - Dictionaries & encyclopedias

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Print - Texts/Textbooks

These books will help you understand the concepts of spectral analysis, and apply them to interpretation. Some of these will have spectra in them as well.

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General sources

Various Web sites or other resources with general information on spectra.

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Print - Reviews

These books refer to other articles with spectra information. Take the reference from the book and search the catalogue to see if the library has the journal or book mentioned. Use these as a last resort.

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