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The Department of Chemistry
- DePaul Academic Calendar
It’s a busy world and you always need to know what’s coming up! We recommend putting important deadlines in your calendar well ahead of time (You do use a calendar, right? All of us professors live by our calendars. If it’s not on there, we’ll probably miss it!). I’ve got my calendar synchronized with my phone so I can always know what’s happening next!
- Mercury from the Cambridge Crystallographic Database Center
Mercury is a free program for visualizing and examining crystal structures (CIF files and similar formats). Many papers have their crystal structures included as supplementary information and you can download them and then visualize and examine them with this program.
Software for simulating NMR signals. Great for trying to figure out complex coupling systems or just to see how various coupling constants affect the appearance of signals
- Endnote (Free for DePaul Students/Faculty/Staff) is a powerful software for organizing your references. It makes writing articcles and organizing your references much easier. Once you try it, you won’t want to go back! It normally is quite expensive, so we recommend using this resource!
- DePaul Career Center
The Career Center has a variety of fantastic resources and events to help you achieve your career goals.
- Lynda (Free for DePaul Students/Faculty/Staff) is a source of traning videos related to business, tech, and other topics. You can learn how to manage finances, use photoshop, program using C++, etc. A very useful resource!
If you do not have a LinkedIn account, open one now and join the DePaul University Department of Chemistry group! Many employers now work through social media and LinkedIn is a common site. We recommend making a professional site to highlight your skills before applying for jobs.
If you are interested in continuing in academia, Researchgate is a great tool to start an academic network with other researchers across the globe.
Chemistry Research and Fundamental Chemistry Concepts
- Chris Parker’s Chemistry Library Research Page
We have a great Librarian, Chris Parker, and he’s put together a research guide page that’s really useful. If you are a DePaul Student, you can get your own SciFinder account by following the instructions on his page.
- Not Voodoo
Chemistry research isn’t voodoo and this site is designed to help you navigate organic synthesis. Really useful information for everyone from beginners to advanced researchers.
- pKa tables: Evans, Bordwell
These tables have pKa data in water and DMSO for a wide variety of compounds. Very useful, as acid-base chemistry plays a critical role in many types of chemistry.
- R/S Symmetry trainer
Test your organic chemistry symmetry skills! 100 questions to practice R/S assignments.
- NMR chemical shifts by Hans Reich
A very comprehensive site with a huge amount of data. Really useful if you are trying to identify NMR peaks in a reaction mixture.
- Purification of Laboratory Reagents
This essential reference book contains advice for the purification of numerous common commercial reagents (requires Campus Connect login)
- Solvent Miscibility Chart
Can’t remember what mixes with what? This chart has you covered! Always useful for doing reactions, extractions, crystallizations, and columns.
Videos of Chemistry and Interactive Tools
Sometimes seeing something helps you understand it better than just reading about it or hearing a lecture about it. Here are some links to great videos or animations about chemistry.
- Beautiful Chemistry
Chemistry is beautiful, and this site has some wonderful high-quality videos of chemical reactions and processes.
- University of Nottingham’s Periodic Table of Videos
The U. of Nottingham has made a wonderful series of videos on every element (and more). We highly recommend them.
- Symmetry @ Otterbein
This fantastic online tool allows you to animate symmetry operations and see the 3-D transformations as they happen. Highly recommended for students in Inorganic Chemistry.
Writing and Communicating Science
Science isn’t science until it is repeatable and communicated to a broad audience. This includes writing journal articles, making posters, and giving talks, as well as other communication tools (like social media and this blog!). Below are some useful tools for those getting started in this process.
- The ACS Style Guide
The definitive technical guide to writing for chemists. What is the format for reporting NMR data? When do I use italic in chemical names? When do I capitalize chemical names? When do I use a hyphen between a number and a unit? Can I start a sentence with the name of a chemical if the chemical name begins with a number? Find the answers to these and many other vexing questions in this great reference.
- “The Science of Scientific Writing” at American Scientist
A good article to read before writing a scientific manuscript.
- Mastering the Art of Scientific Publication
A free article from J. Phys. Chem. Lett. that covers how to compose an effective scientific paper.
- Editorial: Effective Presentations—A Must
A free article from Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. that covers how to give an effective scientific presentation.
- Whitesides’ Group: Writing a Paper
Information from George Whitesides’ group on how to write a paper.
- Graphical Excellence
An article with information on how to make your figures and graphs look great.
Well, there you have it. We would love to hear from you about other great resources you’ve found that help with these areas. Leave a comment with the link and we’ll check it out!