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CHEM 101 Library Lab

Part A: WHMIS Symbols

Identify the WHMIS symbols, use this Health Canada website if you need help.

Part B: Physical and Thermodynamic Data

Watch Video B1: Is My Substance Organic or Inorganic? (Video Tutorial - Length: 2 min) 

Use Common Chemistry

Watch Video B2: Finding Physical Properties in the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (Video Tutorial - Length: 3.5 min) 

Use CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics

Watch Video B3: Finding Thermodynamic Properties in the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (Video Tutorial - Length: 3 min)

Use CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics

Part C: Safety Information from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

Watch Video C1: Finding Material Safety Data Sheets (Video Tutorial - Length: 3.5 min)

Use one of the following two websites to find a Material Safety Data Sheet for your substance:

Part D: NFPA Hazard Identification System

Citation Examples


Author/Editor. Title. Edition. Publisher location: Publisher. Year. page(s).

If an entire book is used, no page numbers are needed; otherwise, the relevant pages or sections should be listed. Multiple authors/editors are separated by semicolons.

For an ebook add the URL and date accessed.


  • Book: Coghill, A.M.; Garson, L.R., Eds. ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information, 3rd ed.; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2006.

  • Ebook: Rumble, J.R.; Lide, D.R.; Bruno, T.J. Eds. CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 98th ed. [Online]; CRC Press, 2017-2018; Section 3 and 5. (accessed September 8, 2017).


Title; MSDS Number; Manufacturing Company: Location of Company, Date. URL (date accessed).

In some cases an MSDS number is not present, in that case omit it from your citation.



Author/Editor. Title. URL (date accessed).


  • Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Library of the University of California at Berkeley. ACS Style Guidelines Quick Guide. (accessed September 24, 2009).

More information on citing in ACS

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