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CEE 178/276 Human exposure analysis

CEE 178/276 - Spring 2014 - Instructor: Kopperud, R.
Last Updated: 30-Jul-2014

This quide lists resources to help locate quality literature on exposure to toxic chemical substances, including peer reviewed articles, for students in Human Exposure Analysis and similar courses. 

Remember when checking a chemical substance to check by both the name and the chemical formula when searching.  It is also possible for names to be in different orders.  For example, Indium Gallium Arsenide, Gallium Indium Arsenide, GaInAs, and InGaAs are all valid names for the same chemical substance.  Don't forget the American/British spelling issue either: Aluminum or Aluminium or Al, should pick up almost all the papers, but you can miss a lot if you only use one or the other spelling.

Some databases will also allow you to search on the unique CAS registry number.  Those numbers can be found on SciFinder or Toxnet, or Google the chemical name and CAS ID or CAS number to get it from Google.

Subject Librarians

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Collections of online handbooks

These two collections of online handbooks have mutiple titles which cover aspects of chemical exposure.  They are good for getting up to speed on particular chemicals or techniques.  Sometimes the articles include bibliographies you can mine for further information.

[Boca Raton, Fla.] : CRC Press ; London : Taylor and Francis Group.
Some of the relevant titles in this collection are: Handbook of Chemicals and Safety, Occupational Exposure Assessment for Air Contaminants, Agrochemical and Pesticides Safety Handbook, Essentials of Toxic Chemical Risk, Science and Society and Predicting Chemical Toxicity and Fate.
Relevant titles in this collection include: Merck Index, Hazardous Chemicals Handbook, Sittig’s Handbooks (various) and Patty’s Toxicology.

Sources listed in SearchWorks

These sources are all listed in the SearchWorks online catalog.  Most of these collections of articles do not have full text included, but link out to the articles.  If you need a refresher on searching these, check the left sidebar under "Research Skills" for the "Find articles" refresher.

[New York?] : Thomson Reuters.
Llife sciences literature and biomedical sciences literature, with deep, global, coverage on a wide range of subject areas.
[S.l.] : Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, [199-]-
Topics include: detection, monitoring, and analysis of pollution; sewage and wastewater treatment; hazardous wastes and refuse; toxicology of pesticides; heavy metals; agricultural chemicals; risk assessment.  Has ”Review” as a document facet.  Offers a “peer reviewed” checkbox option.
[Columbus, Ohio : American Chemical Society, Chemical Abstracts Service]
Covers chemistry & chemical engineering and organic and inorganic substance information. The web version of  provides access to literature of the  Chemical Abstracts Service, and to MEDLINE.  One-time registration is REQUIRED to create a personal login ID.
[New York] : Elsevier, 2004-
The world’s largest multidisciplinary abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed academic journal articles. Has ”Review” as a document facet.
Bethesda, Md. : National Library of Medicine, [199-]-
A network of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and toxic releases.  May point to literature reviews on specific chemicals as part of the record.
[S.l.] : Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, [199-]-
Abstracts literature on water-related topics covering the characteristics, conservation, control, pollution, treatment, use and management of water resources. Has” Review” as a document facet.  Offers a “peer reviewed” checkbox option.
Philadelphia, PA : Institute for Scientific Information, c1998-
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