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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

Other Resources

Online Courses in Chemistry and everything else under the Sun!

 A number of universities and consortiums are now making course videos and even full courses available publicly online. While these are not available for credit, they can be a great way to get a different perspective on a topic if you are having difficulty understanding your course material.

  • Coursera - a consortium of 62 universities
    Coursera has over 300 courses available and partners with over 60 universities.  Students register (for free) and watch videos and do quizzes. If you complete the course you can get a certificate (not a credit).  They have some chemistry courses but not many. 

  • MIT Open Courseware
    MIT is committed to having all of its course materials online for anyone to view.  They have over 2100 courses available and quite an extensive collection of chemistry courses.  Available for viewing at any time - no registration required.

  • UCI Open Courseware
    The full four year chemistry courses are now online. NO registration required - view anytime.

  • If you need a refresher on a topic from high school (integrals, physics, history, etc.) , Khan Academy can help - they cover the Ontario curriculum quite thoroughly.

Chemistry Mobile Apps

  • ACS Mobile (iPhone)
    Real-time updates on peer-reviewed journal articles and American Chemical Society news
  • Chemistry Formulas (iPhone)
    Quick references sheets for topics like chemistry fundamentals to radioactive decay – and everything in between.
  • Buffer Design (iPhone)
    Automatically designs buffer solutions based on your desired specifications.

Mobile-formatted Searching

  • ChemSpider
    Search for substance and property data