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1 Interpretation of Infrared Spectra.Reprinted in 1994. A Guide to the Complete Interpretation of Infrared Spectra of Organic Structures, N.P.G. Roeges, J. Wiley & Sons, Chichester, 1993.
ISBN 0-471-93998-6
2 A Student’ Guide to Fourier Transforms, J.F. James, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge,UK. 1995
ISBN 0-521-46829-9
3 This book continues the discussions found in The Infrared Spectra of Complex Molecules. Advances in Infrared Group Frequencies. Bellamy, L.J. Chapman and Hall, distributed by Halsted Press.  1975.  304 pages.  
ISBN 0-412-13900-6
4 2507 spectra. Introductory text with chapters on Theory, Instrumentation, Accessories for Infrared Instrumentation, Sample Preparation for Infrared Analsysis, Qualitative Analysis, Quantiative Analysis, Bibliography, and Catalogue of Spectra. An Infrared Spectroscopy Atlas for the Coating Industry, Fourth Edition, Volumes 1 and 2.  Darlene R. Brezinski,  Editor.  Federation of Societies for Coating Technology, 492 Norristown Road, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania 19422, 1991. 
ISBN 0-934010-01-3 (Vol. 1)     
ISBN 0-934010-02-1 (Vol. 2)      
ISBN 0-934010-03-X (Two Volume Set)
LC catalog card number 91-72765
5 Practical aspects of spectrometers and spectrometry. Applied Spectroscopy, A Compact Reference for Practitioners, J. Workman, Jr., Academic Press, 
San Diego, 1998
ISBN 0-12-764070-3
6 Polymer Spectra Collection Atlas of Polymer & Plastic Analysis, D.O.Hummel, Hanser Verlag
Volume 3 of the Cambridge Studies in Modern Optics series.
Fabry-Perot Interferometers, G. Hernandez, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. 1986.
ISBN 0-521322383
Chapter 5 of Volume 74
Far Infrared Fourier Transform Spectroscopy, Ludvig Genzel, published by Springer, Berlin, Germany.1998.
ISBN 3-540-62860-6
ISSN 0303-4216
9 Far Infrared Spectroscopy, K.D. Möller & W.G. Rothschild, John Wiley & Sons, New York, USA. 1971.
ISBN: 0-471-61313-4
10 This download comes with a 14 day free trial and includes 2270 spectra. The materials covered include polymers, polymer additives, organic compounds, surfactants, minerals and inorganic compounds. FDM Electronic Handbook of FTIR Spectra. Download available from http://www.fdmspectra.comor request a CDROM by mail from the site.
11 The book consists of reprints of focal point articles from Applied Spectroscopy journal. Divided into sections with 8 articles in the broad area of atomic spectrscopy, 8 on molecular spectroscopy and 5 on other spectroscopic tools eg imaging, array detectors etc. Softback book with full colour figures. Well-suited for teaching and instrumental analysis, it is priced for the student market. Focus on Analytical Spectrscopy: A Compendium of Applied Spectroscopy Focal Point Articles (1994-1997). Eds. J.A.Holcombe, G.M. Hieftje and V. Majidi, Society for Applied Spectroscopy, 1998. 
ISBN 1-891276-01-9Copies can be purchased directly from the SAS, 201BB Broadway St, Frederick MD, 21701-6501. 
Tel (US) 301 694 8122
12 FT-IR bible Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, Griffiths & de Haseth, New York:Wiley, 1986.
13 FT-Raman aimed at the analyst. A bit old but being re-written FT-Raman Spectroscopy, P.J.Hendra, C.Jones & G.Warnes, Ellis Horwood, Chichester, 1991
14 Base information related to FT-IR with references and/or recommended bibliography for future reading. Fundamentals of Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, Brian C. Smith, CRC Press Inc., Boca Raton, 1996. ISBN 0-8493-2461-0. E-mail to author
15 Undergraduate Spectroscopy Text Fundamentals of Molecular Spectroscopy 4th Ed.C.N.Banwell & E.M.McCash, McGraw Hill, 1994
16 A complete set of spectroscopic information related to polymeric materials. Handbook of Fourier Transform Raman and Infrared Spectra of Polymers, A.H. Kuptsov, G.N. Zhizhin, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 1998.
ISBN 0-444-82620-3
Vol I – n and k for metals, Semiconductors, Insulators
Handbook of Optical Constants of Solids, Edward D. Palik, Academic Press, Boston, USA, 1985.
ISBN 0-12-544420-6
Vol II – n and k for metals, Semiconductors, Insulators
Handbook of Optical Constants of Solids, Edward D. Palik, Academic Press, Boston, USA, 1991.
ISBN 0-12-544422-2
Vol III – n and k for metals, Semiconductors, Insulators
Handbook of Optical Constants of Solids, Edward D. Palik, Academic Press, Boston, USA, 1997.
ISBN 0-12-544423-0
Vol IV – Author and Subject Indices for Vols I, II and III.
Handbook of Optical Constants of Solids, Edward D. Palik, Academic Press, Boston, USA, 1998.
ISBN 0-12-544424-9
Vols I-V
Thermo-Optic Coefficients
Handbook of Optical Constants of Solids, Edward D. Palik & Gorachand Ghosh, Academic Press, Boston, USA. 1998.
ISBN 0-12-281855-5
Vols I-V
Handbook of Optical Constants of Solids, Edward D. Palik & Gorachand Ghosh, Academic Press, Boston, USA. 1997.
ISBN: 0-12544415-X
23 Most up-to-date coverage of the whole subject.

Handbook of Raman Spectroscopy
Edited by Ian Lewis & Howell Edwards. Marcel Dekker NY & Basel 2001.
ISBN 0-8247-0557-2
Cost $225 US. Orders of 5 or more for teaching $89.75 US per copy.

24 One of the classics in polymer analysis and covers many i.r. applications (old but invaluable) Identification and Analysis of Plastics, J. Haslam, H.A. Willis and D.C.M. Squirrell, Butterworth and Co. Ltd. First Ed. 1965, second Ed. 1972
25 Group Frequencies Infrared Infrared Characteristic Group Frequencies, Tables & Charts, George Socrates, J. Wiley & Sons, Chichester, 1994. ISBN 0-471-94230-8
26 IR & Raman Inorganics Infrared & Raman Spectra of Inorganic & Co­ordination Compounds, K. Nakamoto, 5th ed. (two vol.set) J. Wiley & Sons, New York, 1997. ISBN 0-471-19406-9 (set)
27 Basic information necessary to apply the methods of vibrational spectroscopy. Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy, Methods and Applications, B.Schrader, VCH, Weinheim, 1995. ISBN 3-527-26446-9
28 892 spectra Infrared Spectra of Inorganic Compounds (3800-45 cm-1).  Richard A. Nyquist and Ronald O. Kagel.  Academic Press, New York and London, 1971.
ISBN 0-12-523450-3
LC catalog card number 76-180797
29 This author’s second volume on infrared spectroscopy introduces the principles of interpreting infrared spectra. Contents include numerous example spectra, diagnostic bands for many common functional groups and chapters on polymer spectra and interpretation aids. Infrared Spectral Interpretation – A Systematic Approach, Brian Smith, CRC Press Inc., Boca Raton,
ISBN 0-8493-2463-7
Email to author at
30 An interesting overview of FT-IR of biomolecules (proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and polysaccharides) Infrared Spectroscopy of Biomolecules, edited by H.H.Mantsch and D.Chapman. Wiley-Liss, New York, 1996.
ISBN 0-471-02184-9
31 Introductory Fourier Transform Spectroscopy, Robert John Bell, Academic Press, New York, USA.
LC catalog card number 70-182606
32 Senior Undergraduate level Text Introduction to Infrared & Raman Spectroscopy, N.B.Colthup, L.H.Daly, & S.E.Wiberley, Academic Press, 2nd Ed. 1975
33 Industrial Analysis aimed at Undergraduates Industrial Analysis by Vibrational Spectroscopy, J.M.Chalmers and G.Dent, Royal Society Chem. 1997
34 Exchange of spectra – peer reviewed IR & R Users Group Edition 2000 database
35 German book covering technical problems in IR. IR-Spektroskopie, Gnzler, Hemlet & Bck, Harald, Verlag Chemie. 
ISBN 3-527-21095-4.
36 Low Temperature Molecular Spectroscopy, edited by R.Fausto, NATO-ASI Series C483, Kluwer Inc., Amsterdam, (Nederlands), 1996.
ISBN 0-7923-4083-3
37 (Part of the Practical Approach in Chemistry Series, Eds. L.H. Harwood and C.J. Moody) Matrix Isolation Techniques – A Practical Approach, Ian Dunkin, Oxford University Press, Oxford 1998.
ISBN 0-19-855863-5
38 For beginners and student teaching. Modern Infrared Spectroscopy, 
B. Stuart, B. George, P. McIntyre,
J. Wiley & Sons, Chichester, 1998. ISBN 0-471-95917-0
39 Undergraduate Spectroscopy Text.
Fundamental aspects of vibrational spectroscopy.
Modern Spectroscopy, J.M.Hollas, J. Wiley & Sons, Chichester, 1998. ISBN 0-471-97421-8

Third ed. published 1996.
ISBN 0-471-96523-5

40 Different techniques and modern molecular spectroscopy. Modern Techniques in Applied Molecular Spectroscopy, F.M. Mirabella,   J. Wiley & Sons, Inc., 
New York, 1998; 
ISBN 0-471-12359-5
41 A graduate level introductory textbook on molecular spectroscopy. Molecular Spectroscopy, Jeanne L. McHale. Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, USA 1999.
ISBN 0-13-229063-4
42 Undergraduate textbook Molecular Symmetry & Group Theory, Alan Vincent, Wiley & Sons, 1977.
ISBN 0-471-01868-6
43 Theoretical aspects of spectroscopy. Molecular Symmetry & Group Theory, R.L. Carter, John Wiley & Sons, 1998.
ISBN 0-471-14955-1
44 Optical Properties of Solids, Frederick Wooten, Academic Press, New York, USA. 1972.
LC catalog card number 72-187257
Wiley Series in Pure and Applied Optics
Optics of Thin Films, Z. Knittl, John Wiley & Sons, New York, USA. 1976
ISBN 0-471-49531-X
46 Optical Properties of Thin Solid Films, O.S. Heavens, Dover Publications, Englewood Cliffs, USA. 1991.
ISBN 0-486-66924-6
Wiley Series in Pure and Applied Optics
Optical Waves in Layered Media, Pochi Yeh, John Wiley & Sons, New York, USA. 1988
ISBN 0-471-82866-1
48 Organic Structural Spectroscopy, J.B. Lambert, H.F. Shurvell, D.A.Lightner & R.G. Cooks, Prentice-Hall Inc., Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, 1998.
49 IR/Raman Collection Organics Raman & Infrared Atlas of Organic Compounds, B.Schrader, V.C.H., 2nd Ed. 1989. ISBN 0-89573-854-6
50 An invaluable guide to modern developments in micro-Raman spectroscopy Raman Spectroscopy “Developments and Applications”, edited by G. Turrell and J. Corset, Academic Press, 1996, ISBN 0-12-189690-0.
51 This book was published late in 2000. It is detailed enough that the practitioner can use it as a reference guide, but is general enough that the newcomer to Raman spectroscopy will find it useful as a learning aid. Raman Spectroscopy for Chemical Analysis. Richard L. McCreery, Wiley Chemical Analysis Series.
52 Recent Experimental and Computational Advances in Molecular
Spectroscopy,  edited by R.Fausto, NATO-ASI Series C306, Kluwer Inc., Amsterdam (Nederlands), 1993.
ISBN 0-7923-2388-2
Sixth Edition.
Costs about $105
Spectrometric Identification of Organic Compounds, Robert M. Silverstein and Franciz X. Webster, John Wiley & Sons Inc., 1998.
ISBN 0-471-13457-0
54 This book is not for spectroscopists, but for those beginning to work with IR and Raman Spectroscopy in the investigation of surfaces. Surface Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy, Methods and    Applications, W. Suetaka, Plenum Press, New York, 1995, 
ISBN 0-306-44963-3
55 Symmetry and Spectroscopy. Daniel C. Harris and Michael D. Bertolucci, which is available on Dover  Publications.
ISBN 0-486-66144-X. 
(Dover have reprinted the original 1978 Oxford University Press edition).
56 Structures and variations with relevant peak positions and original refs. Tabulation of Infrared Spectral data, David Dolphin and Alexander Wick, John Wiley & Sons (1977)
57 Raman Spectroscopy Techniques in Raman Spectroscopy, J.J.Laserna (Editor), Wiley, Chichester, 1996
58 Spectra of over 10500 chemicals The Aldrich Library of FT-IR Spectra, Edition I, Volumes 1 and 2.  
Charles J. Pouchert, Editor. 
Aldrich Chemical Company, Inc, 1985.  
LC catalog card number   84-72539
59 Simple man’s guide to spectrometer design and construction – all the basic physics you need The Design of Optical Spectrometers, J.F.James & R.S.Sternberg, Chapman & Hall, 1969
60 The Fabry-Perot Interferometer: History, Theory, Practice and Applications, J.M. Vaughan, pub. by Adam Hilger, Bristol, UK. 1989.
ISBN 0-85274-138-3
61 Infrared and Raman The Handbook of Infrared and Raman Characteristics Frequencies of Organic Molecules, Daimay Lin-Vien, N.B. Colthup, W.G. Fateley and Jeanette Grasselli. Academic Press, ISBN 0-12-451160-0
62 Provides unique data of IR and comparative Raman spectra of inorganic compounds and organic salts including some nonionic compounds.
The Handbook of Infrared and Raman Spectra of Inorganic Compounds and Organic Salts, R.A. Nyquist, R.O. Kagel, C.L. Putzig and M.A. Leugers, Academic Press, 1996, ISBN 0-1252-3444-9. Book contents can be found at homepage of Academic Press –
63 Five volume detailed account of vibrational spectroscopy.
Two reviews are published in Edition 5 of Volume 5.

The Handbook of Vibrational Spectroscopy, edited by John Chalmers of the University of Nottingham (UK), and Peter Griffiths of the University of Idaho (USA).John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Chichester, UK. 
ISBN 0-471-98847-2

64 2000 spectra The Infrared Atlas of Monomers and Polymers. Sadtler Research Laboratories, Division of Bio-Rad Laboratories, 3316 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, 1980.  
ISBN 0-8456-0064-8
LC catalog card number 80-53761
65 440 spectra The Infrared Spectra Handbook of Minerals and Clays. Ferraro, John, R., Editor. Sadtler Research Laboratories, Division of Bio-Rad Laboratories, 3316 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, 1982.  
ISBN 0-8456-0080-X
LC catalog card number 050008
66 The Infrared Spectra of Complex Molecules, 2nd ed.  Bellamy, L.J.   London: Methuen, 1958 and New York:  Wiley, Reprinted, 1966,  425 p.
No LC 
Methuen catalog number 12/5480/63
67 The Principles of Interferometric Spectroscopy, John Chamberlain, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, UK. 1979.
ISBN 0-471-99719-6
There are many sets with Sadtler spectra. The Sadtler Handbook of Infrared Spectra. William H. Simons, Editor.
Philadelphia: Sadtler Research Laboratories, 1978.
68 Spectra of over 10400 chemicals The Sigma Library of FT-IR Spectra, Edition I, Volumes 1 and 2. Roger J. Keller, Editor. Sigma Chemical Company, Inc, 1986. 
LC catalog card number 85-63507
69 The book provides a comprehensive introduction to the theory of vibrational spectroscopy and includes several interesting chapters dealing with symmetry analysis of polymer chains and crystals. The Theory of Vibrational Spectroscopy and It’s Applications to Polymeric Materials, P.C. Painter, M.M. Coleman & J.L. Koenig, Wiley-Interscience, New York, 1982. ISBN 0-471-09346-7
70 IR/Raman at Surfaces – Excellent modern account Vibrational Spectroscopy of molecules and macromolecules on Surfaces, M.W.Urban, John Wiley N.Y., 1993
71 Vibrations of Polymers (Excellent P.G. level text) Vibrational Spectroscopy of Polymers, D.I.Bowers & W.F. Maddams, C.U.P. 1989