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CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics 95th Ed. Online

July 17th, 2014

Celebrating over 100 years since its first publication, the content of the 95th Edition of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry & Physics is now available online.  Here is a short list of special features from the latest edition:

  • Structure searching of chemicals
  • Interactive tables: data can be filtered, exported, and sorted online.
  • 22 new tables, including:
    • Common Symbols Used in Gas and Liquid Chromatographic Schematic Diagrams
    • Abbreviations Used in the Assessment and Presentation of Laboratory Hazards
    • Incompatible Chemicals
    • Explosion (Shock) Hazards
    • Water-Reactive Chemicals
    • Testing Requirements for Peroxidizable Compounds
    • Tests for the Presence of Peroxides
    • Pyrophoric Compounds – Compounds That Are Reactive with Air
    • Laser Hazards in the Laboratory
  • Historical figures in chemistry and physics: this edition include achievements for Galileo Galilei, James Clerk Maxwell, Marie Sklodowska Curie, and Linus Carl Pauling, who follow last year’s group: Isaac Newton, Niels Bohr, Antoine Lavoisier and Dmitri Mendeleev.

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Ebooks on Geology of the Earth and Beyond

July 8th, 2014

Following is a list of electronic books on the various aspects of geology.  Click on the titles to read online or download it for later reading.

Library staff can provide customized lists by topics.  All books can be searched and downloaded from within the JPL network. They can then be transferred to mobile devices for later reading.  For more questions, contact the Library Reference Desk at, or call ext 4-4200.

SpringerMaterials: Landolt-Bornstein and Other Materials Databases

July 7th, 2014

The JPL Library is happy to make the SpringerMaterials database(s) available to all JPL researchers and engineers.  It is accessible through the BEACON web site Search page, or directly by typing the following URL:

SpringerMaterials is the world’s largest and most comprehensive research platform dedicated to information on materials, their properties and uses.  It encompasses all volumes of Landolt-Börnstein New Series, the largest and most respected compilation of data in physics and chemistry founded in 1883, along with a number of unique and specialized databases, including the following:

  • The Landolt-Börnstein Database
    400 volumes, 250,000 substances and 1,200,000 citations
  • The complete Linus Pauling Files
    A comprehensive database about the properties of inorganic solid phases, consisting of 255,000 documents
  • A subset of the Dortmund Database of Software and Separation Technology
    Covering the Thermophysical Properties of pure liquids and binary mixtures, with 425,000 data points
  • An Adsorption database
    covers over 1,000 reversible, equilibrium isotherms
  • A Polymer Thermodyamics database
    that contains 140,000 datapoints about 150 polymers
  • 44,000 Chemical Safety Documents
    REACH Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals, GHS Globally Harmonized System RoHS Restriction of Hazardous Substances, WEEE Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Watch this video to get a quick overview of the database, its searching capabilities and features.  Of course, the best way to get started is to begin to use it!

JPL Library staff is working on either a in-person training session or webinars from the vendor. Please send your comments and questions to


Ebooks from The Institute of Engineering and TechnologY (IET)

June 3rd, 2014

JPL Library recently added more than 300 electronic books from The Institute of Engineering and Technology, the major engineering and technology professional society from the Great Britain.

JPL Library has purchased books published between 2009 and 2014.  These are also indicated with a purple opened lock to indicate availability.  Older (pre-2009) books may be available as print copies, check the BEACON catalog to see if we have a copy availalbe. The major topics are listed below.  Click on each link to access a list of books on that topic