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CHMC31 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry

The Research Process

Once you've selected your topic, your online search of the research literature can begin! 

Before You Begin Your Research:

  • Do some background reading so you understand your topic (sometimes your supervisor may directly assign readings to you)
  • Don't quote from Wikipedia, but it is actually a good place to begin your research. Entries in Wikipedia frequently contain links to useful resources that are often considered academic.

Select the "Next" link below to start navigating through the research process or jump ahead to any section using the links on the left side of the page.

Steps to Successful Searching

  1. Brainstorm keywords that represent aspects of your topic. 
  2. Select appropriate places to search for your research topic (example: library catalogue, databases, websites).
  3. Build and refine your search using search terms and boolean logic. 
  4. Review your results. 
  5. Get the full-text of relevant articles and books.
  6. Evaluate the quality of your sources.

Note: The steps above are often iterative.

UTSC Library partially open for winter semester

As of September 7, 2020, the UTSC Library partially reopened as a study space for University of Toronto students, staff and faculty. The UTSC Library is currently operating between 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday to Friday and 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday per provincial COVID-19 updates. 

Study spaces are available by appointment to U of T students through the library booking system. Visitors need to tap or swipe their TCard or scan the QR code included with their booking confirmation before entering the library. Two floors of the library are open for physically distanced studying. Study rooms for small groups are limited to individual use. All visitors will need to continue wearing non-medical masks in the library, observe physical distancing guidelines and make use of hand sanitizers available on both levels of the library. 

The UTSC Library Makerspace and The BRIDGE spaces remain closed.  Please continue to visit the library website regularly for operations updates.  

Visit the UTSC Library Reopening Frequently Asked Questions for more details on library access, study spaces and borrowing materials.  

Undergraduate Research Poster Forum and Prize


Have questions? Need additional information?

Check out the library website for details, contact your liaison librarian, or join us at 1 of 2 drop-in info sessions: February 10, 2021 10-11 AM EST OR February 11, 2021 1-2 PM EST.

Upcoming Deadline:

Undergraduate Research Poster Forum submission deadline: February 23, 2021 at 11:59pm EST - midnight (firm deadline)