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CHE 123: General Chemistry I: Types of information

Secondary Sources

Types of Sources for Information

Primary Sources    Secondary Sources Tertirary Sources

Primary Sources are obtained from original journal articles published by the researcher, or from their research notes/journals etc. which are not usually available to the average researcher. (see journal listing)


Compilations of data recorded in handbooks of various names and for various purposes. Can usually be found in the reference section of the library.


Least specific with regard to date of reported data, experimental conditions, controls, and the peer reviewed process.



  • articles in journals published by professional chemical societies
  • articles published by professional interest groups (i.e., American Chemical Society)


  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
  • The Merk Manual





  • Dictionaries
  • Encyclopedias
  • Textbooks
  • General Science Books
  • Oxford Dictionary of Chemistry


Tertiary Sources in the library

Reference books are located on the main (first) floor of the library. Please feel free to ask for help locating any book you would like to use.