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CHOICE Reviews the Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering

By: , Posted on: August 21, 2014

CHOICE, the American Library Association’s publication providing current reviews for academic libraries, recently asked a subject-matter expert to evaluate, test and comment on Elsevier’s Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering. Introduced in September 2013, Reference Modules on ScienceDirect combine thousands of related reference work articles into one source of trustworthy information that is continuously updated by experts.

The first modules available to researchers are in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering, and in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences. A new Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences will be available later in 2014.

Check out what the CHOICE reviewer had to say about the new product:



Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering. Elsevier. Contact publisher for pricing

[Visited May ’14] The Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering draws together some 4,300 peer-reviewed reference entries chosen by an editorial board consisting of professors at American and European universities. This database provides excellent overviews in chemistry and related fields such as chemical engineering, biotechnology, and pharmacy. The publisher’s website indicates that the database draws more than 3,500 articles from 22 of Elsevier’s major reference works, e.g., Comprehensive Heterocyclic Chemistry III (CH, Oct’08, 46-0887), and includes 250 new articles from a 2013 reference work. Articles have been reviewed for currency and are marked with recent 2013-14 dates, but this reviewer did not note the presence of new items in their bibliographies, for the most part. This Reference Module is available on the ScienceDirect platform (CH, Sep’06, 44-0034), which provides a Help section and various tutorials. Basic, advanced, and expert searching options are available.

Users may search by keyword, author, and many other fields; employ Boolean logic; and refine their searches in various ways, including date range. This easy-to-navigate site arranges content in a hierarchical system divided into ten main subject sections, ranging from Analytical Sciences and Chemometrics to Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, with the capability of drilling down to subtopics. The entries, all of which are labeled either introductory or advanced, are written in an easily comprehensible style. All contain abundant references, along with recommended and related articles. For subscribers to Elsevier publications, the full text is immediately available, along with links to Scopus, CrossRef, and citation tools; many have graphical abstracts. Well-chosen illustrations accompany the articles, which appear to average about six pages. Useful not only as reference sources, many of the entries could serve as class readings. This will be a valuable resource for scholars and students in chemistry, chemical engineering, plastics, polymer science, pharmacy, and related fields. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above.

–M. A. Manion, University of Massachusetts at Lowell

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