Collection Policies



Purpose General Collection Guidelines Collecting Codes


The purpose of the collection is to support teaching and research in the following areas: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, environmental chemistry, clinical chemistry and drug chemistry.  The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers the BS degree with majors in Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Chemistry with Teaching Licensure.  It also offers minors in Chemistry and Biochemistry, as well as courses that are integrated into pre-med, pre-dental, pre-veterinary, pre-pharmacy and pre-optometry studies.  The Department also offers the MS degree in Chemistry with specialties or "tracks" in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, clinical chemistry, environmental sciences, marine sciences, medicinal chemistry and organic chemistry.  In addition to supporting these programs, the library collection supports the PhD in Biomedical Sciences (offered jointly by Old Dominion with the Eastern Virginia Medical School), especially in the areas of biochemistry and clinical chemistry. Although chemical information needs are centered in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, faculty and students in related fields, e.g., biological sciences, oceanography, geology, physics, and engineering, also have interests in the subject matter of chemistry and biochemistry.


 Languages: The primary language of collection is English, but materials in other languages may be acquired by faculty request. Translations into English are preferred whenever available.

Chronological Guidelines: Emphasis is on current developments. Older materials are selectively acquired.

Geographical Guidelines: Not applicable.

Treatment of Subject: Emphasis is on research materials. Graduate texts and upper division textbooks may be acquired by faculty request. Lower division textbooks are not acquired. Books on the practice and methods of chemistry are acquired. Books on computer applications, equipment used in chemistry, and statistical/mathematical treatment of chemistry are acquired. Books on the political or legal aspects may be acquired to support the curriculum. There is cooperation between the Old Dominion University Library and the Eastern Virginia Medical School Library in collecting medical books and journals so that those dealing with basic chemistry are acquired by ODU, and those dealing with medicinal chemistry are more comprehensively acquired by EVMS. Biography and history of chemistry are acquired selectively to support teaching needs.

Types of Materials:  Encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, treatises, monographs, collected works, serials, conference/symposium proceedings, bibliographies, and directories are acquired.  Materials are acquired in print or electronic formats as appropriate.

Date of Publication: The emphasis is on current publications, but older standard materials are acquired as needed.

Other General Considerations: Geochemistry is treated in the Geology policy; Chemical Oceanography in the Oceanography policy; Histochemistry in the Medical Laboratory Sciences policy; and Chemistry Education in the Education policy.

key to collecting codes
Analytical Chemistry:
Classical qualitative and quantitative methods; instrumental, spectroscopic and electrochemical methods; X-ray diffraction; separation methods. 
Inorganic Chemistry:
Synthesis and characterization of inorganic and organometallic compounds; nuclear chemistry; bonding theories; coordination compounds and bioinorganic compounds.
Organic Chemistry: 
Methods and techniques of syntheses and characterization; study of structures and reactions; organo-metallic compounds; bioorganic compounds and biomimetic pathways.
Physical Chemistry: 
Surface chemistry; colloids, catalysis and reaction kinetics; photochemistry; electrochemistry; magnetic phenomena; quantum chemistry; polymer systems; thermodynamics.
Biochemical methods and interactions; carbohydrate, lipid, nucleic acid and enzyme systems; X-ray diffraction; nucleic acid and protein structure and function; biological catalysis.
Clinical Chemistry:
Application of the analytical techniques noted under Analytical Chemistry, to the specific study of body fluids and tissues and biochemicals of medical significance.
Environmental Chemistry:
Analytical techniques noted under Analytical Chemistry applied to specific environmental applications; detection of pollutants in air or wastewater; water purification; monitoring of pollutants or treatment methods; inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry of natural waters, soils, and atmosphere; trace metals in natural waters (especially seawater), metal speciation (including trace metal), metal complexation, organometallics.
Drug Chemistry:
Design of pharmacologically active compounds; application of techniques and methods noted under Analytical and Organic Chemistry and possibly Biochemistry to design, synthesis and assessment of drug efficacy, molecular modeling, X-ray diffraction, and enzyme systems.

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QD 71-142  ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY  3b MS track, faculty research interest.
QC 450-467 Spectroscopy 4 See CD Policy for Physics. Chem faculty research interest (Xu--single-molecule flourescence spectroscopy)
QD181 Chemical elements & their compounds  3b  
QD 801 Sonochemistry 3b Faculty research interest (Poziomek--use of ultrasound to analyze pollutants in water)
QE 516.3 Analytical geochemistry  3b See CD Policy for Geological Sciences.
TA 1501-1820 Applied optics.  Photonics 4 See CD Policy for Electrical and Computer Engineering.  Chem faculty research interest (Cooper--fiber optic sensors for remote chemical analysis).
TK 7800-8360 Electronics 3b See CD Policy for Electrical Engineering Technology.  Chem faculty research interest (Cooper--analysis of semiconductor materials)
TP 1-1185 Chemical technology 3b Chem faculty research interest (Poziomek--sonochemistry, recognition of non-volatile organic particulates by surface wave acoustic sensors)
QD 475 Physical inorganic chemistry 3b  
QE 351-399.2 Mineralogy 3b See CD Policy for Geological Sciences.
QD 241-441 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY  3b MS track
QD 476 Physical organic chemistry  3b  
QE 516.5  Organic geochemistry 3b  
TP 200-248 Chemicals: Manufacture, use, etc. 3b Faculty research interest (Brown, Cooper, Williams--synthesis of polymers, nanosynthetic techniques from monolayers, crosslinking agents for development of new polymers, etc.)
QD 415-436       ----BIOCHEMISTRY 3b MS track; faculty research interest; Biomed PhD; overlaps with Biology and with Biological Oceanography
QH 91.8.B5 Biological chemistry 3b  See CD Policy for Biological Sciences.
QK 861-899 Botanical chemistry. Phytochemicals 3b  See CD Policy for Biological Sciences.
QP 501-801 Animal biochemistry 3b See CD Policy for Biological Sciences. Chem faculty research interest (Elliot--nucleic acids in transfer RNA molecules, natural product biochemistry and cancer, kinetic characterization of reverse transcriptase enzymes)
QR467 Virus function 3b  See CD Policy for Biological Sciences.
QC170-197  Atomic physics.  Constitution and properties of matter. Including quantum theory, solid state physics 4 See also Collection Development Policy for Physics.
QD 461 Atomic and molecular theory and structure. Laws of chemical combination and chemical bonds.  Molecular dimensions 3b Faculty research interest (Ake, Radkiewicz--molecular orbital calculations, computational chemistry, etc.
QD 474 Complex compounds 3b Faculty research interest (Donat--metal-ligand equilibria, oranic metal chelators, etc.)
QD 901-999 CRYSTALLOGRAPHY 3a Also of interest in Geological Sciences.
RB 112.5 CLINICAL CHEMISTRY 3b MS track, Biomed PhD
RA 1190-1270 Toxicology.  Poisons 3 See CD Policy for Community Heath Professions & Physical Therapy. Chem faculty research interest (Pleban).
RC 254-282 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology including cancer and carcinogens 3 Chem faculty research interest (Elliot, Yuan).
RC 581-607 Immunologic diseases.  Allergy 3a See CD Policy for Medical Laboratory Sciences.  Chem faculty research interest.
RC 620-627 Nutritional diseases. Deficiency diseases 3 Chem faculty research interest (Pleban--metal nutrition and diabetes).
  ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY 3b MS track; Biomed PhD; overlaps with Oceanography and with Civil and Environmental Engineering
GB 850-857.3 Natural water chemistry 3b Chem faculty research interest (Donat).
GC 109-149 Chemical oceanography 4 See CD Policy for Oceanography.  Chem faculty research interest.
QC 851-999 Meteorology.  Climatology including the earth's atmosphere 3b See also CD Policy for Physics.  Chem faculty research interest (Ake--atmospheric chemistry, ozone destruction cycle, etc.).
QE 516.4 Environmental geochemistry 3b See CD Policy for Geological Sciences.
QE 570 Weathering 3b Chem faculty research interest (Hannigan--chemical weathering)
QH 540-549.5 Ecology 4 See CD Policy for Biological Sciences.  Includes influence of special factors in the environment such as water pollution, water resources development, zinc.  Faculty research interest (Donat--trace metals as nutrients and toxicants, biogeochemical cycles) 
TD 172-193.5 Environmental pollution 3b See CD Policy for Civil and Environmental Engineering.  Chem faculty research interest (Yuan--detection of insecticide residues using idiotypic and monoclonal antibodies)
TD 419-428 Water pollution 3b See CD Policy for Civil and Environmental Engineering.
TD 429.5-480.7 Water purification.  Water treatment and conditioning.  Saline water conversion. 3b See CD Policy for Civil and Environmental Engineering.Chem faculty research interest (Donat, Williams).
TD 878-894 Special types of environment including soil pollution, air pollution, noise pollution 3b See CD Policy for Civil and Environmental Engineering. Chem faculty research interest (Ake, Brown--chemistry of atmospheric contaminants and air in enclosed systems)
  DRUG CHEMISTRY 3b MS track; contributes to Biomed PhD
QP 901-981 Experimental pharmacology 3b See CD Policy for Biological Sciences.  Chem faculty research interest (Poziomek--chemistry of contraband drugs)
RM 1-950 Pharmacology 3b Faculty research interest (Elliot, Williams)
RS 400-431 Pharmaceutical chemistry 3b  

                                                  UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS

Increasingly, federal government information is being provided in electronic formats, with an emphasis on aggregate databases served over the World WideWeb. These sites provide comprehensive access to scientific information through indexing, search engines, and in some cases, the full text of government publications.  Web sites of interest to researchers in chemistry and related sciences include PubScience, DOE Information Bridge, and the EPA Service Center for Environmental Publications.  Perry Library maintains links from its Information Resources page to these important sources of government information.

Print and microform publications from the federal government are housed separately from other materials in the library and have a special classification system called the Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) system. The following table shows some of the class areas which contain  materials pertaining to chemistry and biochemistry.
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 collecting codes
C 13 

C 55

Various publications of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Technology Administration, NIST, including Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory 

Various publications of the U.S Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, including branches of the Environmental Research Laboratories



U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the Chesapeake Bay Program

HE 20
HE 20.4001:-4048:
Various publications of the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services
Publications of the Food and Drug Administration
I 19
I 19.42/4:
Various publications of the United States Geological Survey
USGS Water Investigations
J 1.14 FBI publications on forensic toxicology and forensics of controlled substances
NAS 1.2 

NAS 1.15 

NAS 1.26 

NAS 1.55 

NAS 1.60 

NAS 1.61

NASA Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Branch 

NASA Technical Memoranda 

NASA Contractor Reports 

NASA Conference Publications 

NASA Technical Papers 

NASA Reference Publications


Bibliographer:  Renee Davis (revision of an earlier version by Anne Rees)