Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are valuable resources. These sheets are published by the manufacturers of the materials listed on each sheet. Mandatory information to use in citation are:
ACS Style Guide 2006 edition addresses how to cite an SDS.
Hard copy (paper) SDS
Titanium Dioxide; SDS No. T3627; Mallinckrodt Baker: Phillipsburg, NJ, November 12, 2003.
SDS obtained from an Internet search
Titanium Dioxide; SDS No. T3627; Mallinckrodt Baker: Phillipsburg, NJ, November 12, 2003. http://www.jtbaker.com/msds/englishhtml/t3627.htm (accessed 4/15/04).
SDS obtained from a database source such as CCOHS
Titanium Dioxide; MSDS No. T3627; Mallinckrodt Baker: Phillipsburg, NJ, November 12, 2003. Available from Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. http://ccinfoweb2.ccohs.ca/msds/Action.lasso?-database=msds&-layout=Display& - response=detail.html&-op=eq&MSDS+RECORD+NUMBER=3767394&-search (accessed 4/15/04).
Some libraries have chosen not to collect SDS and instead have purchased reference texts which provide similar information. The most popular of these over the years has been:
Do these contain information identical to SDS? No, but they can serve as a cheaper alternative. Sax’s 11edition, 2005, covers the largest number of substances and is newer but is considerably more expensive ($995) than the other two sets. Genium’s is the cheapest ($425) and has a much more reader-friendly format but covers fewer substances than the other two sets and was published in 1999.