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Chemistry-Chemical Information: SciFinder

This page offers selected resources and researching tips for those looking for chemical information and chemistry research, including chemical engineering and materials resources

About SciFinder

SciFinder is an intelligent interface which helps users to easily search the extensive Chemical Abstracts Databases. Searches can be done by subject phrases, author names and chemical identification such as structure/substructure, reactions, molecular formulae and more. Additional content notes are available at the CAS site.

Access

Access is restricted to current UW students, faculty and staff. Some exceptions can be made for non-UW users. Ask at the reference desk or check with the Chemistry Librarian for details. New users see guidelines and tips below.

Connect

SciFinder is available through the web from most web browser and supports an alert feature that will notify you when new articles in your subject are published.

  • Register
    First time users must register to use SciFinder.
    Please note: you must use a valid UW email address. CAS will send an email reply which you must answer within 48 hours.
     

 

If you have problems connecting, contact the Chemistry Librarian.

Updates and Notifications

SFS is available for current UW students, faculty, and staff . Further, it is only available for  educational and UW research needs. Do not lend your account to anyone else. Researchers who consult with companies may not use SFS for the company's research. There are obviously many gray areas so please feel free to consult Susanne. Non-UW users may request access at a reference desk for non-commercial use only.

With the upcoming update, the non-JAVA version for structure searching will become the default. If you prefer to continue using the JAVA version, you may change that to your default under preferences.

Help

CAS provides short tutorials on structure searching, reaction searching, and help to improve your subject searching