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Research Guides


A guide to chemistry resources and the A.D. Allen Chemistry Library.

On this page, you will find information about:


Finding specific Articles
Outlines strategies for accessing articles, as well as recommended databases for chemistry.

Handbooks, Encyclopedias, and Dictionaries
Separated into narrower subjects (organic, inorganic, polymer, ect.), these print and electronic resources are valuable for finding properties.

Books & eBooks
Recommended books  and eBooks.

Subjects A-Z
Shows the subject-specific databases, encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and research guides. It is particularly useful for subjects you may not be familiar with.


All of the print books are available at the Chemistry Library, unless otherwise noted.
Hover mouse over info icon beside book title for description, if available.

Databases & Articles

Enter citation information into the Article Finder to determine if we have online access to the full text of a particular article.  The Article Finder can search on journal titles and abbreviations (and supplementary volume, issue and page information), ISSN numbers, DOIs, or PMIDs.  You can also use the Article Finder to create a permanent link to an article.

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49(44), 8112

Note if you do not get any results, try entering just the journal title or abbreviation. 

Don't despair if you don't find it on Article Finder!  try also looking for the journal on e-journals or even google it as a final try.  You may be surprised by how much is available for free. If you do find a journal that is freely available but not on our journals list you can contact me and I can get it added. The library system manages over 50 000 journal titles so we do miss some occasionally...


Have a citation and can't decipher the journal abbrevation?  Try these links:

Remember, you can search UTL electronic holdings by journal abbreviations using Article Finder.


DOI stands for Digital Object Identifier, and it looks something like this: 10.1002/anie.201003214. DOIs are used in science to uniquely identify and locate a particular publication.  You can bring up the full text of a particular article by entering the DOI in Article Finder.

You can also use a DOI to create a permanent link.  Click here to read more about DOIs


If U of T does not have the article you are looking for in either the print or electronic version, then you can order your article through RACER.

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Handbooks, Encyclopedias, & Dictionaries

Chemical Properties & Toxicities

NIST Physical Measurement Laboratory contains many property and spectral databases

  • Elemental Data Index
    • Provides access to the holdings of NIST Physical Measurement Laboratory online data organized by element.
  • Periodic Table: Atomic Properties of the Elements
    • Contains NIST critically-evaluated data on atomic properties of the elements.
    • Suitable for high-resolution color printing for desk or wall-chart display. 
  • Physical Constants
    • Contains values of the fundamental physical constants and a related bibliographic database.
  • Atomic Spectroscopy Data
    • Contains databases for energy levels, wavelengths, and transition probabilities for atoms and ions and related bibliographic databases.
  • Molecular Spectroscopic Data
    • Includes databases containing spectroscopic data for small molecules, hydrocarbons, and interstellar molecules. In addition, there are two publications containing equations and the underpinning theory for molecular spectroscopy.
  • Atomic and Molecular Data
    • Contains databases on thermophysical properties of gases, electron-impact cross sections (of atoms & molecules), potential energy surfaces of group II dimers, and atomic weights and isotopic compositions.
  • X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Data
    • Contains databases on the interaction of x-rays and gamma-rays with elements and compounds.
  • Radiation Dosimetry Data
    • This database calculates stopping-power and range tables for electrons, protons, or helium ions.
  • Nuclear Physics Data
    • Contains a table of the half lives of 65 radionuclides and a database of the isotopic compositions, atomic weights and relative atomic masses of the elements.
  • Condensed Matter Physics Data
    • This database consists of evaluated data for use in total-energy calculations of electronic structure by density-functional theory. It contains total energies and orbital energy eigenvalues for all atoms from hydrogen to uranium.


Handbook of Porphyrin Science 

Print Collection

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Books & eBooks

See a list of books available online in the UTL catalogue.
Or, try searching the following ebook collections:
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Subjects A-Z


Subjects A-Z shows the subject-specific databases, encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and research guides. It is particularly useful for subjects you may not be familiar with.