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.
SciFinder-n- is 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-n 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-n account.
Use of SciFinder must be for educational and academic research purposes only.
There is no visitor access for SciFinder-n in the Library.
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 SciFinder-n record, whether from the full record or results list, click the Full Text button under the abstract.
The DOI will take you to the publisher's website where the article is available, and in most cases this is all you need to do to get the article (but make sure that VPN is running if you're off campus).
You can also use the Get It At UC option as well to go to the full text. The advantages of using Get It At UC:
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 (email@example.com) if you have questions about using SciFinder, or want to set up a training consultation.