Finding Articles in Chemistry & Related Fields
The search bar above will help you find articles across all subjects. The "Filter Results" bar on the right-hand side of the page of your search results is very helpful, particularly options like "Material Type" and "Subject."
The University Libraries subscribe to many databases and most are dedicated to a smaller subset of subjects. If you are interested in a particular subject area and would like to only look for articles in that field, go to the Subject Guide for that field or the "By Subject" dropdown menu on the Database Results: A-Z page.
Scientific research articles can be very dense with lots of information included in relatively few pages. The above tutorial has advice on making the process a little easier.
Finding Background Information on Chemistry & Related Topics
Encyclopedias and handbooks are a good way to get a broad overview and context for a subject and helpful for deciphering research articles. References at the ends of articles lead you to further relevant information.
Other helpful sources of background information are review articles and trade magazines. You can find those using article databases and limiting by Document Type or Treatment Type.