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Welcome to your online guide to finding resources for Chemistry

Choosing the right resources

As a Chemistry student, you are expected to find and use high quality literature. You'll need to use a range of different sources and demonstrate your ability to find good results in order to impress your tutors and to develop your research skills.

Finding Journals


All journal titles are listed on YorSearch, and can be found by doing a title search.

Click on the journal title to see the library’s print holdings or the View It link to navigate through to the full-text journal online, if available. Electronic access may be offered by more than one link (e.g. Royal Society of Chemistry or Elsevier SD Freedom Collection) so check which years are available. 

Finding Books


Chemistry books are located in the V section on the third floor of the JB Morrell Library. Many books will also be available online as e-books. Look for the links in YorSearch, under the View It section of each book.


Accessing Chemistry past exam papers

Examination papers for 2015 - 2017 have been digitised and are available to University of York members via York Digital Library (YODL). Login to YODL before you start searching.


Finding Web Resources

Finding Research Papers


To start a more detailed search for research papers, you'll need to use online databases.  These are collections of resources that allow you to search from multiple journals at the same time. 



Skills Guides

Find videos, interactive tutorials, workbooks and links to specific help for developing your digital and information searching skills:

Library basics

Accessing texts

Find It @ YorkClicking Find It @ York in a database will check YorSearch to see if we have a copy of what you've found.

If we don't have it...

We can't afford to buy a copy of everything ever. If we don't have what you need, here are some options:

Theses & dissertations

University of York PhD/MPhil theses and Masters dissertations, plus theses and dissertations from other institutions.