SciFindern is a collection of chemical databases, including:
You can search SciFinder by research topic, as well as by substance or reaction. For best results, search Reaxys and SciFinder.
SciFindern and SciFinder are restricted to current UC San Diego faculty, staff, postdocs, and students. You must have an individual login to access either one. If you don't have one, go to the SciFinder at UC page and follow the instructions to register. VPN must be enabled for you to get to the registration information. Use your ucsd.edu email address. Off campus, you must be logged in on the VPN client (not the WebVPN) before logging into your SciFinder account. Accounts are good for both versions of SciFinder.
Use of SciFinder must be for educational and academic research purposes only.
There is no visitor access for SciFinder in the Library.
SciFindern is the new interface for SciFinder. At this time we do have access to both versions, but the "classic" SciFinder interface will be retired in the future.
New Features (click the icon for an example)
Retrosynthesis Planner: Generate a full retrosynthetic analysis of all known synthetic routes for a given molecule; organize into easy to navigate synthetic plans; and access commercial source availability and pricing.
PatentPak: Full-text searching of 18 million patents, with chemical substances marked so they can be easily found within the patent.
MethodsNow: Step by step procedures and protocols from journal articles and patents, found in the "Experimental Protocols" section for the reaction.
ChemDoodle: Touch-friendly structure editor for drawing on phones and tablets. Structures drawn in ChemDoodle will be the same in CAS Draw, and vice versa.
From the SciFindern record, whether from the full record or results list, click the Full Text button under the abstract. From the menu, select UC-eLinks. This will open up the UC-eLinks menu to direct you to the full text or an option to request the article.
You can search for substances in SciFinder by
From the CAS Registry record, view:
And get links to retrieve:
Reaction searching can be done in SciFinder by:
Reactions can also be searched as a research topic, which will give you references as results, rather than reactions.
Reaction results can be filtered by reaction details (reagent, solvent, catalyst, yield, steps, reaction classification, non-participating functional groups) or publication details like journal title and publication year.
Each reaction includes reaction details (reagents, solvents, steps/stages, etc.) and a link to the associated reference to a journal article, patent, or other source. Click on View Reaction Detail for more information about the reaction from MethodsNow. For drawn reactions, you may be able to filter by similarity.
With the Retrosynthesis Planer, generate a full retrosynthetic analysis of all known synthetic routes for a given molecule; organize into easy to navigate synthetic plans; and access commercial source availability and pricing.
Along with the built-in help menu within SciFindern, CAS also provides a set of training materials on their SciFindern support page. You can also view previous webinars and register for upcoming webinars.
Contact Teri Vogel (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions about using SciFinder, or want to set up a training consultation.