What is SciFinder?
SciFinder is a database of references to the world's chemical literature. It is the core research and discovery tool for finding journal articles, patent records, chemical substances and reactions. Persons searching the database work in many different disciplines including chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, physics, materials science, energy, environmental and agricultural science, medical and biomedical science.
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What Do I Need To Know About SciFinder?
- All new users or users new to Emory are required to complete a one-time registration by creating a user name/password. User name and password is requested each time you access SciFinder.
- SciFinder is restricted to Emory faculty, staff and students. There is no access available for non-Emory affiliates on any library computer.
- SciFinder is available 24/7 with the following exceptions: 10:00pm Saturday to 1:00am Sunday and the first Saturday of each month from 5:00pm to Sunday 1:00am.
SciFinder System Recommendations and Requirements
To ensure the best searching results using SciFinder, check the OS/Browser recommendations for Windows-Based PCs and Apple MacOS X at the link below. The recommended hardware and software configurations should result in good performance.
Some additional recommendations:
- Users of Internet Explorer 6 will experience performance issues with the Web version of SciFinder.
- Some testing has been done with Chrome on all of the above operating systems but is not the recommended browser for best performance.
- Add https://scifinder.cas.org to your browser's "Trusted Sites" and Pop-up blocker Exceptions list.
- A PDF reader is required for printing SciFinder answers and other information. Adobe Reader can be used with Mac or Windows computers. Preview is a free viewer provided with Mac OS X.
- Appropriate ActiveX and plug-in permissions are required for Internet Explorer.
How do I register?
First, click on the following registration link:
Second, use your emory.edu or emoryhealthcare.org email address to register.
Specify a username and password. Your username must must be unique and contain 5-15 characters. It can contain only letters or a combination of letters, numbers, and/or these special characters:
- - (dash)
- _ (underscore)
- . (period)
- @ (at symbol)
Your password must contain 7-15 characters and include at least three of the following:
- Mixed upper- and lowercase letters
- Non-alphanumeric characters (e.g., @, #, %, &, * )
Third, Select a security question from the drop-down list and provide the answer.
Fourth, Click Register
A message indicates that you will receive an e-mail message from CAS at the address you provided within the form.
Fifth, Complete the registration process:
- Open and read the e-mail message from CAS/
- If you accept the terms and conditions for using SciFinder, click the link within the e-mail message to complete the registration process. A confirmation page is displayed. (Note: Confirmation emails are sent automatically and generally are received within minutes but may take longer if messages are routed through a series of network relays.)
- Click the link provided in the e-mail message to begin working with SciFinder. It is possible that you are unable to begin working with SciFinder immediately because all seats for the web version of SciFinder are currently in use. Try logging in later. If the problem persists, send an email to Ask e-journals.
Access (On and Off Campus and Mobile)
Login into SciFinder by going to : https://scifinder.cas.org/.
Provided you have completed the registration process and have a user name/password, on-campus access is available from any library computer, your laptop or mobile phone. Off-campus use VPN or EZ-Proxy, <click> on the link under SciFinder in the listing in Databases@Emory.
If you are on your mobile phone, access SciFinder at https://scifinder.cas.org/mobile to search for author, topic/keyword, chemical name, registry number, company name, or Keep Me Posted Alerts.
For Additional information on mobile access go to http://www.cas.org/products/scifinder/sf-mobile.
If you are searching SciFinder using a tablet device, including the Apple iPad, you will need to search the full version of SciFinder by going to https://scifinder.cas.org.