Chemical and Physical Sciences

Resources and information for Astronomy, Chemistry, and Physics.

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Indexes in Spiva Library

Chemical Abstracts, MICROFICHE, v.100 n.1 (Jan 2, 1984)-v.122 n.6 (Feb 6, 1995)
- First published in 1907, Chemical Abstracts (CA) is the most complete guide to the chemical literature. CA also covers other related scientific disciplines, such as biology, medicine, engineering, etc.

Online Databases that Support Chemical and Physical Sciences Students

Online Databases that Cover Multiple Subjects, Including Chemical and Physical Sciences

Interlibrary Loan Request for Articles

If you need an article to which Spiva Library does not have full-text access, we can request a copy from another library using a service called InterLibrary Loan.

This service is available to all MSSU students, faculty, alumni, staff and community card holders.

InterLibrary Loan Policy

*a nominal service fee may
apply in some cases*

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