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SciFinder @ UCSD: Get Started with SciFinder

What you need to know about using SciFinder at UCSD. Shortcut URL:

SciFinder and ChemDraw

In ChemBioDraw 15, you can draw your structures and launch a SciFinder search within the ChemDraw interface. More information.

System Requirements

Check the SciFinder system (browser/OS) requirements, and Java troubleshooting help.

SciFinder Access

SciFinder is restricted to UCSD faculty, staff and students. Unlike most of our other electronic resources, there is no walk-in access available for non-UCSD affiliates on any library computer.

It is available 24/7, with the exception of 7-10pm on Saturdays and 2-10pm on the first Saturday each month.

Using SciFinder at UC San Diego

First time using SciFinder at UCSD?
Go to SciFinder at UC to register. Registration is required.

  • You must be on the campus network (or protected wifi), proxy or VPN to access this site.
  • Register with your email address. If you don't see a confirmation email, check your spam folder.
  • If you have a SciFinder account from another school, including another UC, you must register again. Non-UCSD accounts will not work on our network.
  • UCSD/SDSU joint-enrollment students must also be on our network to register or use SciFinder through their UCSD account.

Already have a UCSD SciFinder account? Go to SciFinder, login and start searching. You must login each time you use SciFinder.

  • You must also be on the UCSD network to use SciFinder. This includes the UCSD-Protected wifi network on campus, and the Proxy Server or VPN (Cisco AnyConnect Client) for off campus access.
  • WebVPN ( does not work with SciFinder

SciFinder on Mobile Devices

  • Use SciFinder Mobile on your phone for quick author, topic, and chemical substance searches. VPN isn't required for off-campus access, but you will need your SciFinder login information.
  • On a tablet, SciFinder will direct to the full version (minus the structure editor). VPN is required for off-campus access.


Teri Vogel
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