Links for Web Research Questions
At this site you can enter the name of a chemical compound and be given its structure and physical properties as well as links to further information about the compound.
This is an excellent site from the University of Vermont with links to Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for many chemical substances. Along with physical properties, the MSDS for a compound will give hazard and toxicity information. They tend to be long and hard to read but the information is usually there.
Try under Fresh Picks, Look Up an Over-the-Counter Drug, Aspirin
Also try Drugs and Herbs on the left of the page under the Medical Info heading. Click on Herbs to get to a page to look up Wintergreen
You can also just search, typing in either aspirin or methyl salicylate to get other information.
This is a site that has links to free online books and references. This site should be useful for all kinds of information that you might want to pursue for courses or personal interest. The Columbia Encyclopedia has articles on aspirin, methyl salicylate, methanol and salicylic acid.
This is an interesting personal web site on herbs. There is a scanned version of an 1898 book called King's American Dispensatory that has an article on methyl salicylate. You can find it by performing a search on the web site. Be careful of sites like these. They often have a personal bias and may or may not be reliable.
This is a commercial site that sells pharmaceuticals, however their reference desk has useful information that appears well documented. Willow bark and wintergreen as well as meadowsweet are listed under Natural Medicines. Aspirin is listed under Drug Fact Sheets.
This is a company that specializes in fragrances. They have a lot of information on various natural oils, including wintergreen. Methyl salicylate is listed under their Perfumery Raw Materials. Included is the MSDS for this compound. You might want to read their Safety page also.
As the name suggests, this is an encyclopedia. You can search by name or in the index. The index pages load somewhat slowly. Aspirin, wintergreen and methyl salicylate are listed.
This is the home page of the American Chemical Society with a wealth of information available. Try going to Educational Resources and then under High School try VC2- Your Virtual Chemistry Club. There is a nice article on aspirin there under Product Reports. The other links in VC2 also look interesting although not directly related to our experiment.
Look under Poison Pearls and then Salicylates to get some case studies on toxicity of aspirin and methyl salicylate.
This is a pharmacy website with a variety of information available.
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