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This guide suggests chemistry resources that are free or accessible to the public from on-campus.


With the exception of SciFinder, individuals who are on-campus may use any of the resources listed. Most of those resources are "scholarly" or "academic", requiring a background at the high school chemistry level (or thereabouts) and above.

The Key Databases and Search Engines box also lists academic/scholarly databases.

The rest of this Resources for the Public page links to additional resources suitable for those with an interest (academic or otherwise) in chemistry.



Library Access for the Public

In general:

  • All physical materials (books, maps, audiovisual, etc.) are available for the public's use
  • Electronic materials (e.g. ebooks, databases, journals): due to licensing agreements, most may only be used in the library, and will be inaccessible off-campus to the general public. If you're reading this from on-campus, feel free to use any of the resources listed on the tabbed pages above, except for SciFinder.
    • SciFinder (formerly Chemical Abstracts) is not available to the public. Licensing restricts use to UofC staff, faculty and students only.

For more detail on access policies regarding the public, see the Library's Access Policies page


Key Databases & Search Engines (Academic/Scholarly)

Due to licensing agreements, most electronic materials in this section may only be used in the library, and will be inaccessible off-campus

Reference Materials






  • Common chemistry "...contains CAS Registry Numbers for approximately 7,900 chemicals of widespread general public interest. Common Chemistry is helpful to non-chemists who know either a name or CAS Registry Number® of a common chemical and want to pair both pieces of information."


First-year chemistry texts: are on 6 TFDL. Their call numbers start with QD 30.

Finding Books (including electronic ones) by Subject


Electronic versions of these magazines may only go back to the 1990s. For older volumes, see what's available using the Print version links.

Model Kits

As a general rule, the library does not collect model kits to loan to loan out. However, the Doucette Library of Teaching Resources has some kits available:

Learning Chemistry

There are many open educational resources for higher education. They are essentially free, university-level courses.

Teaching Resources

(Some teaching-related resources are also available at the Learning Chemistry box, above)

History of Chemistry


Everyday & Kitchen Chemistry



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