One of the more valuable tools for a student beginning advanced chemistry courses, and especially directed research, is the chemical literature. The chemical literature provides information on the methodology and experimental results of previous and current investigations.
Consideration of published results uncovered in a literature search should aid in planning the new research problem. Moreover, the researcher, by conducting a thorough search of the literature may avoid unnecessary duplication of research which has already been published. Much time and effort can be saved by consulting the chemical literature before the experimental work is started. In general, the chemical literature is used for either
Generally, chemistry reference books are compendia of information that may be categorized in two groups:
This is where you would go when you are looking for specific data, not to learn information about a subject: