About the Chemical Education Resource Shelf
A feature of JCE Online, produced
at the University of Missouri-St.
Louis Chemistry Department
This file last updated 6/22/05
This listing of textbooks and software for teaching chemistry is constantly
updated, as we discover new materials of potential interest to teachers and
professors of chemistry. We work cooperatively with publishers, using
materials that they send to us, books and software that we see reviewed in
JCE or elsewhere, and by mining Web catalogs. It is a process that is
done as a part-time job by UMSL undergraduate chemistry majors. We try
to list only books that would likely be considered for adoption or use in
courses. We do our best to provide comprehensive and accurate information about
chemistry textbooks and pedagogical software available, in categories
that correspond with typical curricula.
Since 1995, we have provided the basis for the Journal of
Chemical Education's "Buyer's Guide". The Guide is now published
with the April issue of the Journal so that it is available in March, when many
teachers are choosing texts for adoption for the Fall semester. It is also
convenient to the ACS National Meeting in the Spring.
We include the authors, publishers, dates of publication, number
of pages, ISBN, and approximate list prices of textbooks, as well as references
to reviews of texts and software if we can find them. Our journal listings
include the publisher's name and address, the frequency of publication,
the current price of subscriptions for individual subscribers, and hyperlinks
to publisher Web pages if they are available.
Texts are listed chronologically from most recent to oldest, and
alphabetically by first author within each year.
We quote "list", or "retail" prices. These are intended to approximate
what students will pay for them, but there is some variation in those numbers,
depending on the amount of local competition. It is very difficult
for us to keep prices current.
This project was begun with contributions from publishers
of chemistry textbooks, but it is now sustained through advertising revenue
in the Journal of Chemical Education. We hope that publishers will
support our work by advertising in the Journal and its Buyer's
Guide, and that our users will express their support for this project
to the Journal and the publishers whose books we list.
Recent Developments and New Directions
The Resource Shelf aims to provide information that will support the
decisions that faculty members need to make about materials to be adopted for
courses. Originally, we included only textbooks and instructional software,
but coverage has been expanded to include software beyond the tutorial
categories, to molecular models, reference materials, and computer interfacing.
Please let us know about other changes you would like to see.
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