From: Grace Baysinger <graceb**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Bretherick's
Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2018 19:38:36 +0000
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As someone who provides reference help and has struggled to make using Bretherick's easier, I'd like to share these comments.


The current ebook version on the ScienceDirect website for Bretherick's is the 8th edition, 2017.     


1.        First go to the home page for Bretherick's -  

2.       Then do an "old-fashioned" search by using Appendix 4 which is an index by chemical name and synonyms for entries found in Section 1. The URL for this chapter is:    Next to each chemical name is the number used in Bretherick's for that compound (e.g. Acetaldehyde, 0824).  

3.       With this information in hand, then search within this book (searching search box at the top of the page) (e.g. Acetaldehyde 0824).  

4.       For this example, two PDFs are retrieved - the index and the chapter that the compound is in.  

5.       To find the entry within the PDF chapter, first open open the PDF document and then using Ctrl (or Apple) and F keys to open find box in PDF document (located in lower left corner).  Then search number given to compound (e.g. 0824) and the results will take you to the section of the PDF that has the entry for that compound.


The PubChem record includes Bretherick's info taken from the HSDB but this data is the 4th Edition of Bretherick's from 1990.   As the entry for a compound may have been updated since then, it may be necessary to search the current version of Bretherick's to confirm that the information from 1990 has not changed.


In recognition of the need to make Bretherick's easier to use, a database version is being developed.   It allows you to search and retrieve individual substances.   Marinakis, Kostas (ELS-AMS) K.Marinakis**At_Symbol_Here** is the person who is spearheading the development of the database version of Bretherick's.   I'm copying him on this note so that he can provide an update about when the database version will be launched.  Having Bretherick's in a database format will be tremendously helpful and I hoping it will be available soon!!!






Grace Baysinger

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Librarian

Robin Li and Melissa Ma Science Library

Stanford University

376 Lomita Drive

Stanford, CA  94305-5070



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From: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Alan Hall
Sent: Friday, January 12, 2018 9:03 AM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Bretherick's




You might try looking at "books" at NLM or peruse the Library of Congress.  Both tend to be pretty complete, but no one said the websites were easy to negoaiate.


You might also find hard copies listed in the library catalogues of major universities with well known chemistry departments. Some have their own specialc hemistry libraries apart from the main campus library.


Personally, if you have access to one, I'd sic a reference librarian on this and let him/her do the datamining.




Alan H. Hall, M.D.



On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 7:04 AM, Stuart, Ralph <Ralph.Stuart**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:

> >Is there a source for the entire reference?

Much of data from Bretherick's is available in the safety section of PubChem's entries for specific chemicals, if that's helpful. For example, see
for the acetone entry, which includes 8 entries from Bretherick's

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Environmental Safety Manager
Keene State College
603 358-2859


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