Manufacture and Use of Chemicals
TP 202 Chemicals. Catalogs, Pricelists, Etc.
The Aldrich Browsable On-Line Catalog: Organic and Inorganic Chemicals for
Synthesis is an electronic index, designed to facilitate a product title
search. Chemicals offered by the company are intended forlaboratory use
only. For certain items the company will ask the buyer to provide written
assurance that the product "will neither be purchased nor resold for an
improper use." The catalog's main menu provides access to the search
engine, Aldrich Chemical Company homeapge, and to a catalog request form.
Aldrich's speciality product lines include the following: (1) dyes,
indicators, and intermediates; (2) inorganics; (3) solvents; (4) flavors
and fragrances; (5) polymers; (6) stable isotopes; (7) fluorinated products;
(8) rare chemicals; and (9) techware, laboratory equipment and supplies.
Within the menu are detailed search instructions for the WAIS search
engine. Users need only to enter a product name or catalog number to view
After submitting a product name or catalog number, the user will see
matching listings posted, revealing the product number(s) and their names.
Selection of a title then reveals the chemical's entire record: (1) name;
catalog number; (3) CAS number; (4) chemical properties, such as molecular
formula, formula weight, and melting point; (5) product comment area; (6)
units and prices available; (7) label precautions; and (8) ordering
The site is maintained by Aldrich Chemical Company; Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Entrer product name or catalog number in search engine field on main menu.
Then select title from listings to view complete record.
The AOCS Online Buyers Guide is a directory of "...companies and consultants
who serve the fats, oils, proteins, surfactants, and detergents industries.
Advertisers, exhibitors, consultants and other allied companies are
encouraged to submit applications to participate in this service." AOCS is
an internation society serving "...professionals, corporations, and students
[who have an] interest in the science and technology of fats, oils, and
Within the main menu, users will find the guide divided into two major
categories: corporate and consultant. The first grouping features listings
in the areas of: engineering, environmental services, food ingredients,
instrumentation, material handling equipment, processing chemicals,
processing equipment, publishers, testing and development, as well as
vegetable proteins. Major topics of interest among consultant listings
are: biotechnology, business development, government regulations, health,
instrumentation, labeling, legal liability, maintenance, management, plant
equipment, process evaluation, and product and market R&D.
To view the buyers guide listings, users need only to select a category of
interest. An alphabetical listing then appears; each record contains the
following: (1) company name; (2) business address (street, city, state, zip
code, and country); (3) telephone and fax numbers; (4) email address; (5)
a contact individual and his/her company title; (6) a product/service
description (optional); and (7) a link to the company's WWW site (optional).
The directory is maintained by Scott Narug; American Oil Chemists' Society
(AOCS), Champaign, Illinois.
Select category of interest from main menu. Browse through entries.
The Fisher Chemical Catalog 95/96 is a division of the world-famous
Catalog, a buying guide and source of product specifications and
information published by Fisher Scientific, "...the world leader in serving
science, providing more than 245,000 products and services to research,
health care, industrial, educational, and government markets in 145
Upon accessing the site, the user will find main catalog links; "help"
offers details on catalog software which operates the database. "Catalogs"
provides access to five different Fisher publications; selecting a title
from the table accesses the table of contents for that publication.
produces a query page with search fields; users should scroll to view
matching entries. "Order" produces an electronic ordering form with general
information. "Homepage" serves as the WWW link to the site for Fisher
Scientific. Scrolling below this link area, the user will find four main
links to the chemicals catalog; users should note that these links access
representative entries within the catalog. The entire text is unavailable
for viewing; entries are obtained by using the "search" link.
The four sampling links are: (1) Fisher Chemicals Catalog; (2) Fisher
Products: A2LA--IronChlor; (3) Fisher Products: IronNit-- Standards,
and (4) Fisher Products: Stearic -- Zinc. For any of these four links,
selection produces a page with the main Fisher Catalog links at the top
(help, catalogs, search, order, previous, next, contents, hmpg), and item
information below. Specific item data includes: (1) title of chemical; (2)
code number; and (3) a table showing available quantities/types with
packaging information, catalog number, and price. The Fisher "F" symbol
serves as a link to chemical information; the catalog number accesses an
ordering form with fields. At the bottom of the chemical's entry, users
will find an MSDS icon which reveals the Material Safety Data Sheet for the
substance; users should scroll to view this text. Likewise, the storage
code icon reveals an information sheet on the chemical's storage class.
Users will also find data on the CAS registry number, product
specifications, and references to other Fisher texts.
The site is sponsored by Fisher Scientific; Hampton, New Hampshire.
Select top link to access Fisher Scientific WWW site division. Or select
one of chemical catalog links to view sample entry; scroll to view
The Sigma Browsable On-line Catalog: Biochemicals, Organic Compounds,
Diagnostic Products and Equipment, Books and Supplies is a division of Sigma, a part of the
Sigma-Aldrich family which provides "...biochemicals and reagents for life
science research" and specializes in "...high purity research chemicals and
other specialty products for the laboratory since 1948." The site serves as
the search engine for the Sigma catalog and offers information on
biochemicals, organic compounds, diagnostic products and equipment, books,
Upon accessing the site, the user will find links to the Sigma WWW site.
"Main menu" offers the company homepage; "on-line catalog" serves as the
link for this site. "Technical library" accesses product information
sheets, technical bulletins, and data sheets. "Fields of interest"
displays related literature; "what's new" offers recent information on
products, literature, and press resleases. "Online ordering" is a customer
service, providing ordering information for products; "Sigma service" gives
access to customer and technical service divisions. The site's main page
offers two search methods: (1) product title search; and (2) full catalog
text search. For each method, the user is provided a search entry field and
a field for specifying the number of matching entries. Access to search
information is provided through the question mark image in this area.
After selecting a search method and filling in required information, the
user will find a list of matching search results; each catalog item is noted
with its product code number, product name, and product description. Users
should scroll to view all matching entries. Selecting a product code number
then reveals its complete entry: (1) product number; (2) location within
catalog (page number); (3) description of product; (4) recommended usage;
(5) storage information; (6) availability information; and (7) ordering
information. Within a product page, the catalog page number provides access
to the catalog page where the item is located.
At the bottom of the site are links to searching information and all
featured Sigma links located at the top of the site. The site is sponsored
by Sigma, a division of Sigma-Aldrich; St. Louis, Missouri.
Select search method from main page; fill in applicable information. Select
product code number from list of matching results to view complete entry.
TP 248.16 Biotechnology. Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
The NCBI Taxonomy Homepage and its database "...contai[n] the names of all
organisms that are represented in the genetic databases with at least one
nucleotide or protein sequence." The site is a division of the National
Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), whose mission is to "...develop
new information technologies to aid in the understanding of fundamental
molecular and genetic processes that control health and disease."
The site's main page offers descriptions of database holdings, as well as of
taxonomic resources found within the site. To access the database, a user
should select the tree icon; selecting a taxa type is then required:
Archaea, Eubacteria, Eukaryote, Viroids, Viruses, Other, and Unclassified.
Upon selecting a taxa, a query page appears with fields set for a limited
search. Here, users must select the number of search levels and either a
nucleotide display or a protein sequence display. Users should scroll to
view search results. A second search option occurs on the taxa selection
page; users can scroll through listed topics and select a subject to view
general information. Finally, searches can also be performed by filling in
the keyword query field or by selecting a link for information on commonly
used organisms (16 options) within NCBI research projects.
Users can also access taxonomic resources by selecting the book icon from
the main page; links are then given to: (1) advisors/curators of the site's
database; (2) books and journals; (3) culture collection; (4) GenBank
taxonomy guidelines; (5) genetic codes; and (6) number of organisms within
GenBank. At the bottom of the site's main page are links to e-mail the
site's creator and the NCBI homepage.
The site is sponsored by the National Center for Biotechnology Information
(NCBI); National Library of Medicine; Bethesda, Maryland.
Select link of interest from main page; follow site links to desired
TP 248.7 Biotechnology. Directories
The Biotechnology Resources Database "...is a hybrid biology/chemistry
educational resource and research tool on the World Wide Web. Biotech is
intended to be a learning tool that will attract students and enrich the
public's knowledge of biology issues in the world today...[and] open the
doors of biology resources to post-secondary students, researchers, and
faculty." The database allows searches for "...any biotechnology related
resources on the internet...," and all searches are broad in scope.
Within the site's main page are fields for searching via a resource title or
via a keyword. Resulting searches offer a table, showing the number of
matches within the database; below the table are the applicable results of
WWW resources. Each title is a direct link to the complete entry, offering:
the resource title; keyword from the database; a description of the site
(contents and scope); and related links accessible from the site.
At the bottom of the site's main page are links to an Excite search field
search engine, as well as access to fourteen divisions of the BioTech WWW
site. The database's site is maintained by the Indiana Institute for
Molecular and Cellular Biology; Bloomington, Indiana.
Insert information into resource title field or keyword field; select
resource title (from matching search list) to view complete record.