Chemical Information Literacy

Chemical Information Literacy

Below are Selected Resources, Guidelines and Standards, and Acronyms and Abbreviations for information professionals, researchers, and educators in chemical information.  

Selected Resources

Chemical Information Sources. [Wikibook].  Describes high quality chemical information resources and their effective use. The Wikibook was originally compiled by Dr. Gary Wiggins, Indiana University.  Updates are being managed by the Education Committee of the ACS Division of Chemical Information. (accessed 20 January 2016)

ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information. Anne M. Coghill and Lorrin R. Garson, Eds. American Chemical Society, Washington, D.C., 3rd ed. 2006.  

Free online access to the Style Guide is available:

  • To organizations subscribing to the ACS Academic Core+ and ACS All Publications packages.
  • To ALL individuals via the ACS ChemWorx Publishing Center.  ACS ChemWorx, a free collaborative reference manager that contains timesaving tools and services for authors. 

Currano, Judith N., and Dana Roth. Chemical Information for Chemists: A Primer. Cambridge : RSC Publishing, [2014].

Baykoucheva, Svetla, Managing Scientific Information and Research Data. Waltham, MA : Chandos Publishing, an imprint of Elsevier, [2015] 

LibGuides Community: Search and explore over 400,000 guides produced by over 65,000 librarians at nearly 4,800 libraries. (accessed 20 January 2016)

Example: CHEM 184/284 (Chemical Literature) - Huber - Winter 2016       

NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Library Edition.  New Media Consortium, Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft, Universitätsbibliothek und TIB (Hannover, Germany), and Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich. 2015. (accessed 14 February 2016)

This report examines key trends, significant challenges, and important developments in technology for their impact on academic and research libraries across the globe.  NMC also publishes other editions (Higher Education and K-12).  (accessed 14 February 2016)

XCITR: eXplore Chemical Information Teaching Resources [currently unavailable].  Collaborative project between ACS Chemical Information Division and the GDCh Computers in Chemistry Division. 

Guidelines and Standards

Undergraduate Professional Education in chemistry: ACS Guidelines and Evaluation Procedures for Bachelor's Degree Programs. American Chemical Society. Committee on Professional Training, 2015.   

Information Competencies for Chemistry Undergraduates. May 2011; updated on Wikibooks.  Issued jointly by the ACS Division of Chemical Information and the SLA Chemistry Division. (accessed 20 January 2016)

Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Filed by the ACRL Board on February 2, 2015. Adopted by the ACRL Board, January 11, 2016. (accessed 20 January 2016)

Information Literacy Standards for Science and Engineering/Technology. By The ALA/ACRL/STS Task Force on Information Literacy for Science and Technology. June 2006. (accessed 20 January 2016)

Guidelines for Instruction Programs in Academic Libraries.  Approved by the ACRL Board of Directors, June 2003. Revised October 2011. (accessed 20 January 2016)

Characteristics of Programs of Information Literacy that Illustrate Best Practices: A Guideline: Best Practices Initiative Institute for Information Literacy.  Approved by the ACRL Board, June 2003, revised January 2012. (accessed 20 January 2016)

ACRL Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.  Approved by the ACRL Board of Directors, October 2011.  (accessed 20 January 2016)


Acronyms and Abbreviations


Full Name


Association of College & Research Libraries


American Chemical Society


American Library Association


Division of Chemical Information, ACS


Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, the German Chemical Society


Information Literacy


Special Libraries Association


Science and Technology Section, ALA ACRL


eXplore Chemical Information Teaching Resources


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