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When to Use SciFinder?

  • If you are looking for journal articles, patents, conference proceedings on a topic
  • For synthetic pathways
  • For physical properties of substances (try the structure editor)

Who Should Use SciFinder?

  • Chemists (organic, inorganic, physical)
  • Biochemists
  • Chemical engineers
  • Geochemists

About SciFinder

SciFinder from Chemical Abstracts Service contains journal and patent literature (Chemical Abstracts) with references from 1907 - present, substance data (Registry), chemical reactions (CASREACT), chemical regulatory data (CHEMLIST), and chemical suppliers (CHEMCATS). It also contains the tables of contents of over 1700 journals. It is the online version of Chemical Abstracts.

Accessing SciFinder

  • Access SciFinder Web
  • You will need to create an account (free for students, faculty, and staff) to access SciFinder Web.
    The account must be created on-campus with a U of C email address.
    Once your account is created, you can access it from anywhere with an Internet connection.
  • To create an account, go to the Login Information page
  • SciFinder Web guides & training (CAS site)

SciFinder & RefWorks

(Cancelled as of Dec. 31, 2016. See for alternatives.)

To import into RefWorks (Cancelled as of Dec. 31, 2016)

1. Export to the desktop

  • Check references you wish to save and click Export
  • Save as Tagged Format (*.txt).

2. Import into RefWorks

  • Login to RefWorks
  • Go to References --> Import
  • Choose CAS SciFinder as your Import Filter
  • Choose CAPlus as your Database
  • Browse to and choose the file saved in step 1