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Overview of Chemistry

Chemistry is a branch of physical science that studies the composition, structure, properties, and change of matter.  Some of the major sub-divisions include analytical chemistry, biochemistry, computational chemistry, inorganic chemistry, materials chemistry, nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry.  Resources for chemistry are primarily available via the Web.  Those resources that are print are found in either the Hesburgh Library or the Annex.

Related subjects include: Biological Sciences, and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

News and Popular Press

Popular press resources such as newspapers and magazines are expert but non-scholarly sources that report basic facts and offer opinions. One benefit of these sources is that they are printed shortly after an event, but they do not reach the level of analysis necessary for scholarly work. 


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Encyclopedias are collections of information on terms, figures, eras, locations also arranged alphabetically, and, alongside definitions of terms, they also include more in-depth general information on a topic. Encyclopedias can be general or subject-specific.


Biography provides a description of a person's life,  detailing the basic facts like birth and death, education, family background, etc. but also portraying the individual subject's experience of those life events.