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SciFinder Scholar at UIUC

SciFinder Scholar - What is it?!

SciFinder Scholar is Chemical Abstract Service's client/server desktop research tool that provides access to the Chemical Abstracts databases, including Chemical Abstracts, the CAS Registry, and more. Recently PubMed/Medline citations (1950s- ) were added to SciFinder Scholar, too. SciFinder Scholar supports searching of the chemical literature through a variety of means -- by author name, corporate authors, research topic, substance identifier, molecular formula, chemical structure, chemical reaction or patent number. You may also use SciFinder Scholar to browse the Tables of Content of many of your favorite journals. In addition to using SciFinder Scholar to find chemical literature, it is also a resource for substance information, chemical reactions, chemical structures, and much more. Visit the CAS web site for a more comprehensive overview of what SciFinder Scholar includes.

Once you're in SciFinder Scholar, you may search the Chemical Abstracts database for journal articles and patents from over 8,000 journals dating back to 1907. Additionally you may search the CAS Registry for structure information and chemical reaction data and find chemical regulatory data. Unless you elect not to, you'll usually be searching both Chemical Abstracts and Medline at the same time, with the Medline results appearing after the Chemical Abstracts records. (You may elect not to search Medline, or to de-duplicate the results.)

Accessing Chemical Abstracts via SciFinder Scholar at UIUC

In order to use Chemical Abstracts, which is available as part of SciFinder Scholar, you have several options:

1. Access from a UIUC Library computer:

If you are currently in a library, then click here to access SciFinder Scholar. The Citrix software for accessing SciFinder Scholar has been loaded on all the public computers in the UIUC libraries.

Note: the University of Illinois shares a licence with UIC for 12 users to access SciFinder simultaneously, so if you get turned away, please try later. The lowest usage times are before 11 AM and after 7 PM.

2. Access from your campus office:

Load the software on your own UIUC office computer! SciFinder Scholar is not a web-based application, so it is necessary to load special client software onto your PC in order to access it. Software is available for both MACs and PCs. This mode of access is only available from on-campus.

Note: the University of Illinois shares a licence with UIC for 12 users to access SciFinder simultaneously, so if you get turned away, please try later. The lowest usage times are before 11 AM and after 7 PM.

If you would like to download the SciFinder Scholar computer software on a computer for use in your campus office, please contact the Chemistry Librarian, Tina Chrzastowski (217-333-3737). She will give you instructions for downloading the client software on your campus computer.

Once you have downloaded the client software on your PC or Mac, you will be able to directly access the Chemical Abstracts database. With the client loaded on your PC, you will be able to save or print directly to your office computer workstation. Emailing results directly from SciFinder Scholar is not an option.

3. Connecting to SciFinder Scholar from Off-Campus:

To connect to SFS from off-campus, you will need a cable modem or DSL, and you will need to install VPN software from CITES as well as the SciFinder Scholar program. Once you have both programs installed, login to campus via VPN. Then start up SciFinder Scholar.

Note: In the Fall of 2008, CITES started providing a new VPN client. Those with the old VPN client may continue using it for the time being, though CITEs may discontinue it at any time; please see the VPN FAQ from CITES.

More about SciFinder Scholar

More information about SciFinder Scholar, as well as tutorials, can be found on the official SciFinder Scholar web site.