Recommended textbooks on crystallography



Walter Borchardt-Ott. “Crystallography”. 1993. ISBN 3-540-56679-1.

Hands down best book on symmetry. Clear, methodical, thorough. Just buy it.





Gregory S. Girolami. “X-ray crystallography”. 2016. ISBN 978-1-891389-77-1.

If you are going to buy one book on crystallography – this is it.





Werner Massa. “Crystal structure determination”. 1999. ISBN 3-540-20644-2.

A very popular introductory book.





Jenny Glusker, Mitchell Lewis, Miriam Rossi. “Crystal structure analysis for chemists and biologists”. 1994. ISBN 0-89573-273-4.

An excellent, if somewhat dated, crystallographic text covering all aspects of single-crystal X-ray analysis.




Maureen M. Julian. “Foundations of crystallography with computer applications”. 2008. ISBN-13: 978-1-4200-6075-1.

The book clearly explains matrix use in crystallography, both for unit cell transformations and for generating symmetry-related positions.





Vitalij K. Pecharsky, Peter Y. Zavalij. “Fundamentals of powder diffraction and structural characterization of materials”. 2009. ISBN: 978-0-387-09578-3.

Excellent thorough text on X-ray powder diffraction.




George H. Stout and Lyle H. Jensen. “X-ray structure determination. A practical guide”.1989. ISBN 0-471-60711-8.

A favorite of seasoned crystallographers with an excellent Fourier transformation section.





C. Giacovazzo, H. L. Monaco, D. Viterbo, F. Scordari, G. Gilli, G. Zanotti, M. Catti. “Fundamentals of crystallography”. 1998. ISBN 0-19-855578-4.

A fundamental and very technical tome.





Peter Mueller, Regine Herbst-Irmer, Anthony L. Spek, Thomas R. Schneider, Michael R. Sawaya. “Crystal structure refinement. A crystallographer’s guide to SHELXL”. 2006. ISBN-13: 978-0-19-857076-9.

A very good practical guide for single-crystal X-ray structure refinement with an excellent section on twinning.




Elizabeth A. Wood. “Crystals and light. An introduction to optical crystallography”. 1964. ISBN 0-486-23431-2.

If you want to know how to look at crystals – start with this book.