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CEE 178/276 Human exposure analysis

CEE 178/276 - Fall 2015 - Instructor: Kopperud, R.

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.

Online handbooks

The Knovel and CRC 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.  The other two listed are standard works which are now available online.

2nd ed. / Oxford : Elsevier, 2010.
Science Library (Li and Ma) » Stacks » RA1199 .C648 2010 V.1
The 14-volume second edition of "Comprehensive Toxicology" reflects new advances in toxicology research, including content by some of the leading researchers in the field. It provides a unique organ-systems structure that allows the user to explore the toxic effects of various substances on each human system, aiding in providing diagnoses and proving essential in situations where the toxic substance is unknown but its effects on a system are obvious.
[Boca Raton, Fla.] : CRC Press ; London : Taylor and Francis Group.
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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.
A concise, yet comprehensive, reference on all aspects of industrial exposures and toxicants; this book aids toxicologists, industrial hygienists, and occupational physicians to investigate workplace health problems. Chapters cover regulatory toxicology, toxicity testing, physical hazards, high production volume (HPV) chemicals, and workplace drug use. Includes information on occupational and environmental sources of exposure, mammalian toxicology, industrial hygiene, medical management and ecotoxicology.
4th ed. Burlington : Elsevier Science, 2014.
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Provides comprehensive coverage of basic toxicological data, emphasizing toxic effects primarily in humans, but also those of animals and biological systems in vitro. The fourth edition also contains several new chapters on important topics such as nanotoxicology, metals in prosthetics and dental implants, gene-environment interaction, neurotoxicology, metals in food, renal, cardiovascular, and diabetes effects of metal exposures and more.
[Norwich, N.Y.] : Knovel, 2003-
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Relevant titles in this collection include: Merck Index, Hazardous Chemicals Handbook, Sittig’s Handbooks (various) and Patty’s Toxicology.

Selected databases

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.
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Llife sciences literature and biomedical sciences literature, with deep, global, coverage on a wide range of subject areas.
[S.l.] : Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, [199-]-
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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.
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This tool is primarily a “Quick Reference Guide” to full chemical information of over 60 million compounds. All the information needed is available within one screen. You can also see the toxicological implications and regulatory concerns about the chemical.  For added convenience, Pocketbook also offers individual endpoint scores, combined ecological, health and safety scores as defined by the “NSF/GCI/ANSI 355 standard”. You can compare up to 5 chemicals side-by-side through visual graphs and color-coded tables.  Three simultaneous users only!
Bethesda, MD : National Center for Biotechnology Information, [1997]-
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Indexes over 5,000 journals including both basic biomedical sciences and clinical practice. Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) provide a powerful tool for searching topics. Updated daily, covers 1946--present, with some older material.
[Columbus, Ohio : American Chemical Society, Chemical Abstracts Service]
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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-
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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-]-
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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-]-
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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.
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Covers over 12,000 of the highest impact journals worldwide, including Open Access journals and over 150,000 conference proceedings.  Has ”Review” as a document facet.
Santa Fe, N.M.: Deep Web Technologies
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xSearch allows you to search multiple databases at one time. Resources searched include abstracts and indexes that cover articles, conference proceedings, patents, and technical reports. xSearch resources also include full-text resources (books, journals, and reference materials) as well as data sets.  Limited to no more than 100 responses from any database.  Will skip over databases with slow response times.