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Research Guides


A guide to resources and tools for chemistry research. For information on the A.D. Allen Chemistry Library spaces and services, please visit

Quick Study Guides

Quick Guides to Chemistry Topics

Great for studying for comps/defence or getting a refresher on a subject

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Oxford chemistry primers

(from the OUP website)The books in the renowned Oxford Chemistry Primers series provide accessible accounts of a range of essential topics in chemistry and chemical engineering. Written with students in mind, these books offer just the right level of detail for undergraduate study, and are invaluable as a source of material commonly presented in lectures. Additional learning features, including questions at the end of every chapter and online multiple-choice questions, encourage active learning and promote understanding. 

Most are available in the Chemistry Library for loan.

RSC Tutorial Chemistry Texts

RSC has a large number of books on many chemistry topics written in an easy tutorial style. Available online and in print.

A Very Short Introduction - Chemistry series

Discover a new topic or subject with these intelligent and serious introductions written by authors who are experts in their field. (from OUP website)

ACS In Focus eBooks

Packed with interactive content like videos, animations, pop-up definitions, and more, these eBooks are great for getting a quick overview of emerging or interdisciplinary subject areas. They will be especially useful for graduate students looking to quickly get familiar with a new field of research or seasoned scientists interested in lifelong learning.