Some Great Resources to get started!

During this project, we were amazed and inspired by the brilliant resources themed around the Periodic Table and the elements. In fact, it is these resources that made us excited and eager to put together the flyers and cards.

Here is an assorted list of some accessible resources that have been categorised as under.
We are sure you'll enjoy going through them.


IUPACís Periodic Table:

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), the global union for Chemists updates the periodic table with officially named elements. Any update such as a new discovery is added to the table, which can be downloaded and printed as a PDF file.

The Visual Elements Periodic Table by the Royal Society of Chemistry:

For young students as well as teachers, this is the most extensive resource consisting of a lot of information across areas. The site has compiled an extensive collection of information for every element of the table, which includes not just technical information, but also a glimpse into economics and hazard based knowledge such as major producing countries, scarcity factors, etc.

Jefferson Labís website for the elements:

This online resource is a great place for students to start reading about the elements. Written in a lucid and easy to understand manner, this is a reliable way to start.

The Periodic Table by the Human Touch of Chemistry

Human Touch of Chemistry, a portal by Tata Chemicals India is home to a lucid and interesting flash-based table which presents the properties of the elements in an engaging manner.

Wikipedia continues to be a very accessible and updated resource, with the scope of finding some interesting anecdotes about the elements which were often a starting point of our search for surprising facts and new research.

The WebElements' portal: is yet another portal on the elements that houses information on the elements under various sections, and has many hyperlinks. Here you can find information including new updates to the Periodic Table. There is some information about compounds formed by the elements among others.

A small but useful interactive Periodic Table which helps one view the Periodic Table according to a particular property. (Eg. Discovery years, et cetera)

Commercial and Standards Information on the elements

Inorganic Ventures has put together this portal that houses technical information on the elements such as storage, reactivity, atomic spectroscopic information and a lot more relevant to industry and research.

Periodic Table Live! by Chem-Ed-DL

The Chemistry Education Digital Library has put together, this interactive Periodic Table, replete with well-categorised information.

Eric Scerri's website and compilation of his work on the Periodic Table

Eric Scerri, a Chemistry lecturer at UCLA, has been profusely writing on the History of the Periodic Table and the elements in the form of books, articles and magazines like the Scientific American. His website has a detailed listing of his books and links to articles. Most of these are in print and are available with leading shopping portals.

In his recent article for the Scientific American, he talks about the discovery of the element Astatine. Read the article

The Internet Database of Periodic Tables

Mark Leach, as part of meta-synthesis (a UK based publishing group) has compiled this extensive database of periodic tables.


Theodore Gray's Collection of the elements: interesting photographs and information:

Theodore Gray has prepared many visual and informative resources on the chemical elements like posters, card decks, and even samples of elements! During this process, he has compiled many interesting facts and anecdotes on each element, and put them on this site. Here you can also see some beautiful photographs on the elements. You are sure to enjoy this resource!

Images of

An open source collection of photographs on the elements, this website houses some incredible photographs of the elements in various forms. Some of these have been housed in our pack of cards too. The good thing is that each photograph has been briefly described too.


Videos on the elements by Martin Poliakoff

Martin Poliakoff from the Nottingham University, UK presents the elements in a unique way with his videos on each element. He describes interesting facts and behaviour of the elements in these quirky videos.

The Periodic Table Song

ASAPScience, popular for their videos on a variety of topics, has generated this entertaining video on the elements and the Periodic Table. Certainly worth a look!
See the video

Elements by Tom Lehrer

This widely watched video on the elements by popular lecturer Tom Lehrer will surely be enjoyed.
See the video


Nature's Buiding Blocks, Oxford University Press

Popular Science writer John Emsley has written this well-received book on the elements, wherein he describes every element in an extremely lucid manner, under various headings such as 'Element of History', 'Economic Element' and certain facts which are sure to impart new knowledge and stir excitement as you read!
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The History and Use of our Earth's Chemical Elements by Robert Krebs, Greenwood Press

This book is a concise directory of the elements, with their uses & compounds.
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Discovery of the Elements by Mary Elvira Weeks

Mary Elvira Weeks, Although this book is not in print today and it is difficult to find a copy, it is a rich source of historical information and is replete with some treasured photographs.
More information

The Development of Modern Chemistry by Aaron Ihde

This book by a historian of science Aaron Ihde delves into the development of Chemistry as a subject and elucidates on numerous aspects in history that helped shape up this development. Published by Dover, the book also houses a chapter on the Classification of the Elements. It is available in print today.
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Sourcebook on Atomic Energy by S. Glasstone

An old classic that is not in print anymore, this book is an exhaustive and reliable compilation of every thing, big and small related to Nuclear Science. Authored by Samuel Glasstone, this book has explicitly described fine nuances of the development of this vast subject, and is a must-read.

There are many books, articles and resources which discuss the periodic table with various perspectives such as its history, possible rearrangements, and many more. The above list will be updated. Should you have something to add, please feel free to write to

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