SciFinder-n is a collection of chemical databases, including:
You can search SciFinder-n 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.
SciFinder-n does requires a user registration. If you don't already have a SciFinder or SciFinder-n account at UC San Diego, 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. Once registered, you will still need to run VPN when searching SciFinder-n from off campus
Use of SciFinder-n is for educational and academic research purposes only.
There is no visitor access for SciFinder-n in the Library.
CAS Analytical Methods - Browse, search and compare analytical methods, including materials, techniques, and equipment.
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.
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-n by
From the CAS Registry record, view:
And get links to retrieve:
Reaction searching can be done in SciFinder-n 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 SciFinder-n 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.