CHEM 695: Seminar: SciFinder

Identifies chemistry resources to assist in identifying relevant literature for your research.

Description of SciFinder

SciFinder is a major chemistry database indexing journal articles, patents, books, and reports.  Subjects covered extend well beyond chemistry into related areas in medicine, physics, mathematics, and biology.  It is organized by Chemical Abstracts Service owned by ACS (American Chemical Society).  Indexing goes back to 1907.

The database includes the following sections:

  • Chemical Abstracts & Medline : literature citations
  • CAS Registry : chemical substances
  • CASREACT: reactions information
  • CHEMCATS : chemical source information with supplier addresses, etc.
  • CHEMLIST: regulatory information

You must register to use SciFinder.  You will then access SciFinder with your own personal ID/password.  Here are directions on how and where to register.

SciFinder Searches

EXPLORE REFERENCES:  Identify the literature through keyword searching, author(s) name(s), journal title.

Specific features to focus your search results:

  • Analysis & Refine on right hand side of screen help to narrow or focus your results:
    • Analyze by author name; company; document type; publication
    • Refine by research topic; author name; document type (a good way to exclude patents if not useful); publication year; language

On the results page you can identify:

  • Get Cited : the references cited by your selected article
  • Get Citing : the references that cite your selected article
  • Get Substances : identify the substances in your selected article
  • Get Reactions : identify reaction substances in your selected article
  • Full Text : Leads to the Get at KU option to verify if your selected article is available electronically.

EXPLORE SUBSTANCES:  Identify the literature through structure searching.  Can limit to exact structure, substructure, or similar structure.  Locate commerical source information such as supplier & cost.

EXPLORE REACTIONS:   Can use the substructure drawing features and assign roles for reaction participants. Can filter results by solvent, number of step, etc.