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About ASDL

The Analytical Sciences Digital Library, ASDL, is an NSF-funded digital library, accessed at, that collects, catalogs, links and publishes peer reviewed web-based discovery materials pertinent to innovations in curricular development and supporting technical resources in the analytical sciences. The ASDL website ( is one of several collections funded by NSF’s National Science Digital Library (NSDL) program. ASDL was formed as a result of discussions at several regional and national meetings about ways to implement recommendations that were embodied in an earlier workshop report on Curricular Developments in the Analytical Sciences. This report is available as a pdf by clicking here. ASDL has recently formed a partnership with the Analytical Chemistry Division of ACS. By joining forces we hope to create even more enthusiasm for the ASDL collection, online articles, and student poster sessions while encouraging analytical scientists to become active in the Division of Analytical Chemistry.

What types of materials are collected by ASDL? ASDL materials have been selected for their educational value through a peer review process by experts in the field of analytical science and in the various fields of its application. Each web resource in the main collection of ASDL includes a detailed annotation describing the site and its useful attributes. In addition, JASDL, the online journal of the Analytical Sciences Digital Library, publishes peer-reviewed online articles in the categories of Courseware, Labware, Educational Practices, and Undergraduate Research. Because JASDL is an ungated, open source site, all publication is under the Creative Commons license , in which the author retains copyright but the licensee has the right to distribute without limit and web users can read, download, and hotlink without limit. Copies can be made, as long as the original author is cited as the creator of the material, and the copies are distributed at cost. All economic benefit, if any, from the material remains with the author.

Who is ASDL’s Community? ASDL is intended for use by anyone who has a need for information about analytical measurements or innovative ways to learn more about them: educators, students, lay persons, and practitioners. There are many ways that members of the ASDL community can interact. The ASDL Professionals Directory will allow you to identify colleagues having similar interests to stimulate research or teaching collaborations or be considered as a potential reviewer for manuscripts, proposals or tenure packages. Members of the ASDL Community can also support our partner, the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry, by becoming a regular or student member

An invitation to be part of the ASDL Community – Anyone interested in the field of Analytical Science and its applications is invited to join the ASDL Community. There are many ways that you can participate. The simplest way to be a part of the ASDL Community is to help publicize the website by telling others about its useful features. You can help build the collection by suggesting new sites or writing a JASDL Article. Submit a poster for the ASDL poster session or volunteer to review ASDL content materials.