Philip Barnett, Ph.D., MLS

Professor - Science Reference Librarian, City College of New York, and 
Adjunct Professor, City University of New York Doctoral Chemistry Program


Science/Engineering Library, Room J-29E

City College of New York (CUNY)

138th Street and Convent Avenue

New York, NY 10031

E-Mail: phibarn AT

Web Page:

Phone: (212) 650-8243

FAX: (212) 650-7626



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B.S. in Chemistry, Brooklyn College (CUNY) 1967
Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Rutgers University 1973
M.S. with Honors in Library Service, Columbia University 1981

U.S.P.H.S Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Medicine- New York University, 1972-1974
Staff Associate, Department of Neurology, Columbia University, 1974 - 1981


Significant Current Professional Activities

Past Chair, Careers Committee of the American Chemical Society 
Division of Chemical Information.
Click Here for Some Resources on Careers in Chemical Information

Referee for 
Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship
Abstractor for 
Breastfeeding Abstracts.

Courses Regularly Taught
Chem A1400 Chemical Information Sources (City College) [Syllabus]
Chem 40300 Chemical Information Sources (City College) [
Chem 78000 Chemical Information Sources (CUNY Graduate Center)[


Philip Barnett. Requests About Explosives and Illicit Drugs: A New Paradigm. The Reference Librarian 55(2):118-127 (2014). DOI:10.1080/02763877.2014.880303

Philip Barnett.  What Should Science Reference Librarians Do with Books Classified as Science That Aren't Science: Revisiting the Well-Known Worlds in Collision by Immanuel Velikovsky as a Case Study. Science & Technology Libraries 32(3):250-259 (2013).  DOI:10.1080/0194262X.2013.818926

Philip Barnett.  Posting Your Publications and Research. CircumSpice Number 86, page 3.

Philip Barnett and Claudia Lascar.  Comparing Unique Title Coverage of Web of Science and Scopus in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship (Refereed Articles Section), Number 70, (Summer 2012). [Available at:]

Claudia Lascar and Philip Barnett.  Journals Not Included in BIOSIS Previews Have a Notable Impact in Biology. Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship (Refereed Articles Section), Number 58, (Summer 2009). [Available at:]

Claudia Lascar and Philip Barnett.  Defining and Searching Pharmacogenetics and Pharmacogenomics to Identify Its Core Research Journals. Science & Technology Libraries 26(1):6988 (2005).  DOI: 10.1300/J122v26n01_05 [
click here for abstract]

The Librarian's Role in Selecting and Promoting Free World Wide Web Materials to Chemistry Students, Staff and Faculty. 32nd Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Rochester, NY, United States, October 31-November 3 (2004) [
click here for abstract]

The printed Beilstein Handbook: An enduring resource in organic chemistry. American Chemical Society 228th National Meeting. August 22-26, 2004. [click here for abstract]

A Guide to Searching MEDLINE: With Particular Features for Breastfeeding Advisors. 18th International La Leche League Conference, San Francisco, California, July 3-6, 2003. [Available at:] 

Philip Barnett, and Claudia Lascar. Pharmacogenomics: When Chemical Abstracts is Not Enough. American Chemical Society 225th National Meeting (Biotechnology Secretariat on Informatic Challenges in Pharmacogenomics) Abstracts of Papers225(1):BTEC20 (2003). [
click here for abstract]

Claudia Lascar and Philip Barnett. Research Collections in Pharmacogenetics and Pharmacogenomics. Journal of the Medical Library Association 91(2):133, and, Medical Library Association 2002 National Meeting, Special Supplement MLA'02 Abstracts, page 20. [click here for text]

Combinatorial Chemistry: A Guide for Librarians. Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship (Refereed Articles Section), Number 33, (Winter 2002). [Available at:]

MEDLINE Searching for La Leche League Leaders, Lactation Consultants and Related Health Professionals. 2001 La Leche League International Conference, July 7-10, 2001, Chicago, Illinois. [See updated 2003 version]

Making the Transition from Special to Academic Librarianship. American Chemical Society 220th National Meeting Abstracts of Papers 220(1):CINF0041 (2000). [Click here for full text]

A Bad Habit that Costs Lives (Letter to the Editor). New York Teacher 41:(4):10, (October 20, 1999) [click here for full text]

Regarding "Science in the Twilight Zone". Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship, Number 21, (Winter 1999). [Available at:]

The American Institute of Physics Pricing Policy. Newsletter on Serials Pricing Issues, Number 148 (November 28, 1995). [Available at:] or

The Beilstein Handbook of Organic Chemistry for the Occasional User. Clearinghouse for Chemical Information Instructional Materials (June 1995; Updated August 1999). [Available at:]

Careers in Chemical Information and Science Librarianship. American Chemical Society 208th National Meeting Abstracts of Papers 208(2):YCC4 (1994). [Click here for full text]

Invited Book Chapter - Defining, Collecting and Searching the Neurochemistry Literature. in, Scientific and Clinical Literature for the Decade of the Brain (ed. Tony Stankus) The Haworth Press, Inc. 1993, pp. 39-56. Published simultaneously in Science & Technology Libraries 13:(3-4):39-56, (1993).

Invited Book Review - How to Find Information About AIDS. Second Edition. By Jeffrey T. Huber. Haworth Medical Information Sources. Harrington Park Press: Binghamton NY. 1992: in, Journal of Chemical Information and Computer Sciences 33(4):648, (1993). [Click here for full text]

Invited Book Review - Scientific Journals: Issues in Library Selection and Management. Edited by Tony Stankus. Haworth Press: New York. 1987: and Scientific Journals: Improving Library Collections through Analysis of Publishing Trends. By Tony Stankus. Haworth Press: New York. 1990: in, Journal of Chemical Information and Computer Sciences 32(4):398, (1992). [Click here for full text]

Closing the Corporate Library: Some Personal Reflections. Special Libraries 83(4):237-241, (1992). [click here for full-text in html], [click here for full-text in Microsoft Word]

Terrone L. Rosenberry, Philip Barnett, and Carol Mays. Preparation of Acetylcholinesterase from the Eel Electrophorous Electricus and Isolation of the Subunits that Contain Collagen-like Domains. In: Structural and Contractile Proteins (L.W. Cunningham and D.F. Frederiksen, eds.) in Methods in Enzymology, Invited Chapter 82:325-339, (1982).

Hai Won Chang, Philip Barnett, Ernest Bock, and Terrone L. Rosenberry. Structural Differences Between Two Species of Acetylcholinesterase from Torpedo Californica Electric Organ. Federation Proceedings 41:1759, (1982). [click here for text]

Terrone L. Rosenberry, Philip Barnett, and Carol Mays. The Collagen-like Subunits of Acetylcholinesterase from the Eel Electrophorous Electricus. In: Molecular Aspects of Bioelectricity, an International Symposium in Honor of David Nachmansohn. Neurochemistry International 2:135-147, (1980). [click here for abstract]

Philip Barnett and Terrone L. Rosenberry. Functional Identity of Catalytic Subunits of Acetylcholinesterase. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 567:154-160, (1979). [click here for abstract]

Philip Barnett and Terrone L. Rosenberry. A Residual Subunit Fragment in the Conversion of 18S to 11S Acetylcholinesterase.Federation Proceedings 37:1527, (1978). [click here for text]

Philip Barnett and Terrone L. Rosenberry. Inactivation of Electrophorous Electricus Acetylcholinesterase by Benzenemethane Sulfonylfluoride. Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics 190:202-205, (1978). [click here for abstract]

Philip Barnett and Terrone L. Rosenberry. Catalysis by Acetylcholinesterase: Acceleration of the Hydrolysis of Neutral Acetic Acid Esters by Certain Aromatic Cations. Journal of Biological Chemistry 252:7200- 7206, (1977). [click here for full-text]

Philip Barnett and Terrone L. Rosenberry. Acceleration of Acetylcholinesterase Catalyzed Hydrolysis of Neutral Acetate Esters by Certain Aromatic Cations. Federation Proceedings 36:794, (1977). [click here for abstract]

Alvin Segal, Margaret Schroeder, Philip Barnett, and Bernard L. Van Duuren. Studies of the Effects in vitro of Beta-Propiolactone and Beta-Propiolact[14C]one on Whole Mouse Skin Chromatin. Biochemical Pharmacology 23:937- 946, (1974). [click here for abstract]

Ph.D. Thesis. Volume Changes Accompanying the Titration of Native and Denatured Ribonuclease and Lysozyme. (1973).Dissertations Abstracts International B 35-01B:69 (1974), Chemical Abstracts 81:116607. [click here for abstract]

Dec. 9, 2015