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Polymer Science & Engineering

Science Encyclopedias - Gathering Background Information


Encyclopedias are a great resource for gathering background information.  They act as good primers and are more authorative than Wikipedia.

Foundational Library Databases


Resources Specific to Chemistry

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Specialized Library Databases

ASTM International

ASTMOrganized in 1898, ASTM International ... one of the largest voluntary standards development systems in the world ... provides a forum ... to write standards for materials, products, systems, and services ... excerpt from Foreward.

ASTM International publishes the Annual Book of ASTM Standards, which in 2008 consists of 81 volumes divided among 16 sections. These volumes contain full-text of standards approved in 2008.

Current and withdrawn standards, adjuncts and other materials are available from ASTM International. These may be purchased from the website with a personal credit card for immediate downloading.  If requested, the Libraries will order a print copy of a standard; ask a librarian in the Science and Engineering Library.