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Chemistry Undergraduate Research @ UTSC

Provides useful tips and resources for assignments in chemistry

Why use books?

Traditional information such as: theories, formulas, algorithms, equations, tables of constants and units of measurements


the practical application of these in all areas of science is found in books.

Finding books with the library catalogue

Use the Library Catalogue to search for books held by the Library.

If you have some details of the book you want, you can search the Library Catalogue using an:

  • Author search 
  • Title search
  • Call number search 

If you have a particular topic you want to search for, search the Library Catalogue using an:

  • Anywhere search 
  • Subject search

Try a "Simple Search" of the Library Catalogue here.

Use the "anywhere" option if you have some keywords on a topic you need information about. You can also use the drop down menu to select other search options.


Sample Catalogue Search

Searching for books is similar to searching for journal articles, except for WHERE you search.

Start by combining keywords using AND, OR, NOT.

When you find a book that you like, check that it is IN and write down the CALL NUMBER to find it in the library.

To ONLY see the electronic sources (since the campuses are currently closed due to the pandemic you won't have access to physical items held in UofT collections), I recommend limiting your search results to 'online' items.

Use Subject Headings

Screenshot of a sample catalogue record with subject headings

When you have found a book that seems useful, don't forget to look at its subject entries; if you see one that looks good, click that to get to other titles that have been given that subject heading.

Narrow down your search

Screen shot of the options available in the catalogue for narrowing down searches

You can narrow down the search results in the catalog a number of different ways, including by location (1), by subject (2), and many other ways including publication year, language, and format (such as "book" or "film") (3 - scroll down).

Access scanned copies of numerous print books in the UofT Libraries Collection

How to access the HathiTrust collection  

  1. Read and agree to the term of use statement.

  2. From anywhere on the HathiTrust website, click the yellow LOG IN button.  

  3. Find and select the University of Toronto in the list of partner institutions.   

  4. Log in with your UTORid and password.   

  5. When you have logged in, you will be returned to the HathiTrust website, where you can search the HathiTrust collection.  

  6. The default search is full text. Click catalogue, then use the drop down options to do a title, author, etc. search.

  7. In your search results, look for items labeled 'Temporary Access'.