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In-Class Activity

With your table group, skim the sources provided. For each, consider & be ready to discuss:

  • Author & their credentials
  • Overall publication
  • Sponsoring organization, if any
  • Date/currency
  • Potential bias
  • Intended audience
  • (How) would you use this source?

Sources provided:


Basic Element Information

Interactive Periodic Table (Royal Society of Chemistry):
Select your element for detailed information, including media. You can also filter by group, temperature, classification, etc. Select Visual Elements images for artwork representing each element.

Elements Widget:
Search for your element below & choose Submit. Basic element information will display in a pop-up window (turn off browser pop-up blocker).

Background Articles


Advanced Google Searching

Government agencies have lots of great information related to elements, especially practical aspects & current issues.

Limit by domain name to see results only from .gov sites.  Example: nitrogen

Use quotation marks to search for logical phrases. Example: "nitrogen dioxide"

A little fun from ACS



Rod Library Books

These books are available at Rod Library or are e-books as noted. Those marked with * are recommended by Dr. Weeks.

Make careful note of policies listed for each item. Some items stay in the library regardless of shelving location. If you want to request exceptions or changes to the policy for a particular item, contact Anne Marie. Free scanners are available on the library's main floor.

Item you want checked out? Sign into OneSearch & request to get on the waiting list. 

Chemical Elements - Newton
Call Number: E-book (Use link provided, CatID required)
Publication Date: 2010
Search or browse for your element.

Comprehensive Coordination Chemistry* - Geoffrey Wilkinson (Editor)
Call Number: UNI Stacks QD474 .C65 1987
Publication Date: 1987

Comprehensive Inorganic Chemistry* - J. C. Bailar (Editor)
Call Number: UNI Stacks QD151.2 .C64
Publication Date: 1973
*In-library use only*

Discovery of the Elements* - Weeks
Call Number: UNI Stacks QD466 .W4 1868
Publication Date: 1968
Older edition also available.

Discovery of the Elements - Weeks
Call Number: UNI Stacks QD466 .W4 1956
Publication Date: 1956
Newer edition also available.

The Encyclopedia of the Chemical Elements* - Hampel
Call Number: UNI Stacks QD466 .H295
Publication Date: 1968

Cover Art
Encyclopedia of the Elements* - Per Enghag
Call Number: UNI Stacks QD466 .E56 2004
Publication Date: 2004
*In-library use only*

Cover Art
Nature's Building Blocks* - John Emsley
Call Number: UNI Stacks QD466 .E52 2011
Publication Date: 2011
Older edition also available.

Cover Art
Nature's Building Blocks - John Emsley
Call Number: UNI Stacks QD466 .E52 2001
Publication Date: 2002
Newer edition also available.

Structure & Bonding* - Various
Call Number: UNI Stacks QD461 .S92
Publication Date: Various

Cover Art
Van Nostrand's Encyclopedia of Chemistry - Glenn D. Considine (Editor)
Call Number: UNI Stacks QD4 .V36 2005
Publication Date: 2005

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* Use high-contrast color combinations (ie. dark text on light background).

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* Practice, practice, practice.

* Use the resources from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.


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