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