LICENSING: SciFinder is only licensed for use by IUP faculty, staff, and students.
ACCESS RESTRICTIONS: SciFinder is "seat-limited" software. In other words, CAS limits how many people can connect to the CAS databases at one time.
The IUP Libraries subscription to SciFinder is limited to one connected user at any given time; if you attempt to log on to the system while another user is logged in, you will receive a notice that you cannot connect. Please wait a few minutes, and try again.
In order to keep the system availability as high as possible, please make an effort to:
SciFinder is a web-based tool developed by CAS (formerly, Chemical Abstracts Service) to search their extensive database of chemistry information, articles, and resources. CAS is the most respected and most complete database of articles and information in the chemical sciences in the world.
The following instructions will guide you through a Research Topic search in SciFinder. This is the default way to search CAS. However, there are many other ways to find information using SciFinder. Please consult the User Guide for details on the full set of features offered.
After selecting the various possible result sets, you will be presented with a page of citations to various articles. You may select one or more of these references, at which point you have several options:
Since SciFinder searches multiple databases by default, it is possible that the same record is found in more than one place - this can lead to inflated result lists and general frustration. It is a good idea at this point to click the Tools menu (at the top of the list) and select Remove Duplicates to clean up the results list so that each item is unique.
In the right-hand column of the screen, you'll see two tabs: Analysis and Refine. These allow you to either analyze your results list - preparing charts of author frequencies, citations, and other data from the full list - or refine your search by adding new search terms, restricting it to certain document types, limiting it to particular substances, and several other options. Use this to reduce your result list and focus it on the concepts you want to find. You can analyze or refine your entire list, or you can select a subset of articles to analyze by clicking on the checkbox next to the article citation.
Get Related (located in the menu at the top of the result list) will search the CAS databases to retrieve articles that may be related to the articles you've found already. The relation may be that the articles address the same chemical substances, or the same chemical reaction or reaction process. They may also be related by citation - SciFinder allows you to retrieve other articles that cite the article you're viewing, or retrieve the articles that are cited by the article you are viewing. To use this option, select one or more articles by clicking the checkbox next to the article citation, and click the Get Related... button.
Clicking on the title of an entry will open the complete record for that citation, including abstract, indexing information, citations and references, and other information (assuming that such information is available in the record).
Clicking the "Full Text" link at the right of a citation will query the IUP Libraries' catalog and serials databases to see if we subscribe to the journal in which the article appears, and if the full-text of the article in question is available. If so, you will be given links to the appropriate database to access the article.
After you have refined your results list to a set of articles you want to review, you now have the option of saving your results set.
To save your results:
You can also print your result list to a PDF file on your computer.