Good Starting Places
Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology
Call Number: WCU REFERENCE TP9 .K54 2004
General topics and concepts in chemistry as well as chemical groups, compounds, and products.
Van Nostrand's Encyclopedia of Chemistry
Call Number: WCU REFERENCE QD4 .V36 2005
Covers classic chemistry topics as well as new fields such as nanotechnology, green chemistry, and forensic chemistry.
Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry
Call Number: WCU REFERENCE QD148 .E53 2005
Handbook of Inorganic Chemicals
Call Number: WCU REFERENCE QD155.5 .P37 2003
Focuses solely on inorganic chemicals. Entries include history, occurrence, preparation, reactions, hazards, and uses.
Hawleys Condensed Chemical Dictionary
Call Number: WCU REFERENCE QD5 .C5 2007
Good starting place for very basic information including general chemistry topics and biographical sketches.