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CHM 231: Organic Chemistry (Houtchens)

This guide is specifically created for Dr. Jason Houtchen's Organic Chemistry classes at the Downtown Phoenix campus.

Learning Outcomes


During the course of this project, students will exposed to the literature of chemistry.  Using resources from this library guide they will be able to:

  1. Identify compounds and synonyms
  2. Find the Molecular Formula for a substance
  3. Find the CAS number for a substance
  4. Find the Physical Properties and characterics
  5. Find the compound name, CAS Number and Molecular formula

Students may use the following research tools to find chemical information:

  1. Knovel
  2. Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology
  3. Merck Index 
    Not available online; click on link to see where print copies are available.  
  4. CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics

Tools for Lab Reports

Getting Started

In order to thoroughly research your compound, you will need the following:

  • Compound name
    • Approved by your instructor
    • Synonyms
  • Molecular Formula
  • CAS Number

This information can be found in the following resources:

Additional Resources

Synthesis of a Compound


Named Reactions:


Toxicology, Safety and Environmental Information

 The following resources provide information about the toxic effects, safety issues and environmental concerns of compounds.

Economic Information


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