SciFinder is available on the web and can be accessed both on campus and off campus. To access it from off campus, you need to log in via EZProxy (Click on the Off-campus access tab of this guide for more information.)
You will need to register:
CAS provides a number of online tutorials, guides, and recorded WebEx sessions to help you learn to search SciFinder and get the most out of this wonderful resource.
To get started, work through the SciFinder Resources on Demand tutorials on the SciFinder Training page. These tutorials explain the basic searching techniques in SciFinder, such as searching for references, substances, or reactions.
For more detailed instruction, register your account in CAS Learning Solutions—there's a link on the SciFinder Training page—to get access to the complete range of training options available.
SciFinder is one of the major databases for chemical engineering. Made available by the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS)--a division of the American Chemical Society--SciFinder is a research & discovery tool that allows you to explore the CAS databases, covering the literature from the field of chemistry and its many applications, including biomedical sciences, chemical engineering, materials science, agricultural science, environmental science, pharmaceuticals and more. SciFinder consists of:
SciFinder provides user-friendly search software that enables users to search the database in a variety of ways : using author names, research topics, chemical substance names or molecular formulae, chemical structures, chemical reactions, and organisation names. A structure-drawing package allows users to draw structures on screen and search for them either as complete structures or as substructures of larger molecules.
Note that when searching by topic in SciFinder, you don't need to use Boolean searching. Just enter your search requirements in a sentence or phrase. SciFinder then performs a number of different Boolean searches and you are presented with a list of "candidate" results sets to choose from.