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How to Find Physical and Thermodynamic Properties of Chemical Substances: Getting Started

This Guide is written for student of Math 225, but can be consulted by others


NJIT now has access to the Chemistry/Chemical Engineering section of Knovel that provides a searchable database of handbooks, data sets and reference sources in science, technology and engineering.  Knovel has data search feature that allows the researcher to find materials that met specific parameters including physical, mechanical and thermal properties.  Productivity tools include interactive charts, graphs, spreadsheets, and equation plotters.  Helpers include an interactive periodical table, an Excel™ add-in, and a comprehensive unit converter.  From off-campus you must access it from the NJIT Library Home Page.

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Powder Diffraction File

The Powder Diffraction File published by The International Centre for Diffraction Data (ICDD) is the world’s largest source of inorganic diffraction data from crystals and powders.  With over 360,000 entries it provides a comprehensive collection of inorganic materials that can be rapidly searched for unknown phase identification.  It includes crystalline, semi-crystalline, and amorphous solid state materials.  More detailed information on this database may be found at  while video tutorials are available at .  This database is only available at the PC behind the reference desk and is available from 9 AM – 7 PM, Monday – Thursday, and 9 AM – 5 PM on Friday.  You may phone 973-596-3210 or e-mail for more information.

Selected Print Reference Books with Physical Property Data


The researchguide was created for students of Math 225 and CHE 342, but others are certainly welcome to use it.

Tutorial with Narration

Guides for finding Physical, Chemical, and Thermodynamic Data

      You may search for a property.  The index will indicate a print or electronic source where this data may be found.  These indexes are provided by:

Primary Sources of Physical Property Data

Secondary Sources of Physical Property Data

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