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Chemistry Properties and Reactions Handbooks and Resources

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.

Organic Chemistry Reference Materials in print and online

Inorganic and Organometallic chemistry

  • Spectroscopic Properties of Inorganic and Organometallic Compounds (45 vols) print and 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

ACS Reagent Chemicals online

The specifications prepared by the Committee on Analytical Reagent of the American Chemical Society are intended to serve for reagents and standard-grade reference materials to be used in precise analytical work of a general nature. The term “reagent-grade chemical” implies that it is a substance of sufficient purity to be used in most chemical analyses or reactions.

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

Encyclopedia of Analytical Science  online

Vogel's Textbook of Quantitative Chemical 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 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.

General topics

U of T Patent Guide

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  • 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

Finding the full text or Table of Contents

To browse a journal's Table of Contents, search for the journal name and limit to online. To find an article, try searching by title or searching by DOI using LibrarySearch.
If you're using Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Firefox, install an extension called LibKey Nomad to quickly and easily link to the PDF of articles that you have access to through U of T or that are openly accessible.
Change your settings on Google Scholar so that "Get it! UTL" link appears next to articles in your search results. Clicking this link should now direct you to the full-text PDF if you have access to it through U of T.

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

If you still can't find the article, it doesn't necessarily mean we don't have it! Ask your librarian for help.

If U of T does not have the article you are looking for in either the print or electronic version, request the article by logging into LibrarySearch.

Once you are logged in, there are two ways to request an article:

  1. If you already know what you need, place a request using the blank interlibrary loan request form.
  2. Alternatively, expand you LibrarySearch results beyond library collections and place a request on any listed item not held by the U of T Libraries.

Interested in exploring what other libraries beyond the University of Toronto may have to offer? Try searching WorldCat, the world's largest library catalogue, to find books and more available in libraries around the world.


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

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

Books & eBooks

LibrarySearch 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.(SciFinder 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, we can request it on your behalf from another institution through interlibrary loan (ILL)

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 by submitting a pickup request.

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