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Research Guides


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

Finding the full text or Table of Contents

If you want to browse the Table of Contents then you can search for the journal name and limit to online.
Use this cool bookmarklet for items found on the internet - once it is bookmarked, just click on the bookmark and it will validate you as U of T.  I find it a bit easier since it is after the fact of a search instead of before.  Works for all the material for which we have licences so you can just go to a journal's TOC via a Google search or an article on Google Scholar and then you can proxy yourself instantly to get access.

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

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

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...

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.


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

Chemistry Properties and Reactions Handbooks and Resources

General topics

Chemical Properties & Toxicities

Call Number: QD151 .A1 REF

Inorganic Synthesis is an annual publication of reliable procedures for the preparation of inorganic compounds. Annual volumes consist of thematic chapters and contributor, subject and formula indices. 

Inorganic Syntheses is not available online. Volumes can be found in the library under QD151. A1. For a full list of holdings and locations see the UTL Catalogue link below. A collective index is available for volumes 1-30 at Gerstein and A.D. Allen Chemistry Library under QD151. A1 I5 Index. The collective index includes a Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) Registry Number® Index in addition to the indices provided in the annual volumes.

Call Number: QD148 .E53 1994 REF

The Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry is a comprehensive source on all aspects of inorganic chemistry. It contains a series of alphabetically arranged articles on individual topics with references and notes pointing to related articles. The volumes also contain short entries, which define or explain important concepts and valuable data. Each volume has its own table of contents along with the tables of content of all previous volumes arranged in alphabetical order. Volume 8 contains the series index.

Science of Synthesis is a reference work that provides information on preparative methods in synthetic chemistry and is the 5th edition of the Houben-Weyl Methods in Organic Chemistry series. It is an authoritative collection of reviews with information on reactions and experimental procedures. Classification of Science of Synthesis is based on the product belonging to one of six broad categories: organometallics, hetarenes, 4/3—X bonds, 2C—X bonds, 1C---X bond, and all C bonds. Each volume covers a specific class of compounds called product classes, which are further subdivided into product subclasses. 

The print editions are available at the chemistry library under QD258 .M44.


  • SciPlanner

SciPlanner is a CAS research tool, found in SciFinder, that acts as an interactive workspace. It allows users to create customized reaction pathways as well as organize and manage SciFinder results in ways that they find most useful. Users can integrate reactions, experimental procedures, substances, and references from multiple documents” (CAS).

CAS has made the following tutorials available on their website:

How to send data to SciPlanner

How to manipulate workspace objects

How to print a plan

Logon to SciFinder (and registration instructions)

Organic Chemistry Reference Materials in print and online

Inorganic and Organometallic chemistry

  • Spectroscopic Properties of Inorganic and Organometallic Compounds vol 1+ print and                  vol 21+ online
  • Comprehensive Nanoscience and Technology print and online
  • A Comprehensive Treatise on Inorganic and Theoretical Chemistry (16 vols) print
  • Comprehensive Inorganic Chemistry Eds. Sneed, Maynard, Brasted (8 vols) print
  • Comprehensive Inorganic Chemistry Eds. Bailar, Emeléus, Nyholm, Trotman-Dickenson (5 vols) print
  • Comprehensive Coordination Chemistry print
  • Comprehensive Coordination Chemistry II online
  • Handbook of Heterogeneous Catalysis (4 vols) print and online

Analytical Chemistry Resources

Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry: Applications, Theory and Instrumentation (15 Vols) print

Encyclopedia of Analytical Science  online

Vogel's Textbook of Quantitative Analysis print

Vogel's Textbook of Quantitative Inorganic Analysis print

Vogel's Textbook of Qualitative Inorganic Analysis print

Vogel's Textbook of Practical Organic Chemistry including Qualitative Organic Analysis print


Polymer Chemistry

  • Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Engineering (17 vols) print
  • Polymer handbook 4th ed. print and online
  • Comprehensive Polymer Science (7 vols) print
  • Polymer Blends handbook online

General Solubilities

Solubility data can be found in a number of different formats. Some reference sources list solubilities of a chemical as SlightlyVery, and Insoluble for various solvents. Other sources will list solubility in g/kg, g/L, weight%, etc at different temperatures.

Some reference books will have both types of data in different parts of the book: for example, the CRC Handbook has basic solubility data in the properties sections at the front of the book but also has more detailed tables further on.


Solubility Data Sources

Located at many libraries on campus as well under the call number QD65.H312
General solubility info under the organic and inorganic properties sections and more detailed aqueous solubilities in section 8.

Call Number: TP151 .L3 1999

ISBN: 0070163847

The 15th ed. contains solubility data for inorganic compounds on pages 3.14 to 3.63; for organic compounds on pages 1.76 to 1.343 (most without specific values); and for inorganic compounds and metal salts in water at different temperatures, on pages 5.9 to 5.23.

Available on reference at A.D. Allen Chemistry Library.
Available in stacks at Engineering & Computer Science Library.

Call Number: QD257.7 .Y35 2010 (Chemistry Library) | QD257.7 .H33 2010 (UTM)

ISBN: 9781439802458

Contains aqueous solubility data for thousands of compounds. 
EBook available for 2003 edition:

Call Number: QD543 .M7213 REF

Volume one contains solubility for two binary systems and volume two contains solubility for ternary and multi-component systems.
These books are located in the reference section under the call number QD543 .M7213. They can also be found at Gerstein Information Centre, Engineering and Computer Science Library, and the Mississauga campus.

Call Number: QD66 .L55 1958 REF

Split into two volumes, this 4th edition lists data pertaining to solubility in various kinds of solvent.
It can also be found at Gerstein and the Earth Sciences Library (Noranda) in addition to the Chemistry Library.

U of T Patent Guide

Other Helpful Guides

Patent Searching and Retrieval


  • International Tables for Crystallography Vol. A to G online and print
  • Handbook of Crystal Growth Vol I print and Vol II print

Subjects A-Z shows the subject-specific databases, encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and research guides. It is particularly useful for unfamiliar subject areas. 

Chemistry Subjects A-Z

Print Collection

Print Collection

Books & eBooks

The U of T Library catalogue is the best place to determine if we own a specific book or journal.  Almost all libraries at U of T include their materials in the main catalogue.  Searching for chemistry specific information such as chemical names, molecular formulas or properties is not very effective in the catalogue since the key words are limited.(Scifnder and Reaxys are much better at this).

If you are unable to find a book or journal in the catalogue, please check with library staff as if may be part of a collection or series. IF we do not have what you need then you can order it via interlibrary loan (RACER). 

If what you need is at another U of T campus, it can be delivered within 48 hours to the main library at your campus for pickup (use the Request feature under "Options")

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