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SciFinder FAQ

Registered Users:
First time users:

What is SciFinder?

SciFinder (SFS) provides graphical access to both MEDLINE and the databases of Chemical Abstracts Service, and covers the full spectrum of chemical and biomedical information, including biochemistry, organic/inorganic chemistry, and chemical engineering/applied chemistry. Substructure and reaction searching are also available.

Who can access SciFinder?

Access to SciFinder is restricted to affiliated faculty, staff, and students of UT Southwestern.

Are there any use restrictions?

According to the SciFinder license agreement, SciFinder may not be used for commercial research, which includes research that is done under a funding or consultant contract where the results are delivered to a for-profit organization or for research that involves patentability searching. Authorized users may use SciFinder for academic research, teaching, and publication purposes only. Additionally, individual users may download and store a maximum 5,000 records at any given time. For more information on CAS Information Use Policies, go to www.cas.org/legal/infopolicy.html.

How do I obtain access to SciFinder?

You must first register and create your personal SciFinder account. Click on the Register Now button above to begin this process.

What are the hardware and Web browser requirements?

See requirements here.

A free Java plug-in is required to use the structure drawing editor in the web version of SciFinder.

What if I need help?

Extensive context-sensitive online help can be found within this SciFinder overview.

For technical assistance with SciFinder Web access, please email Curtis Wright. For other questions, please email Helen Mayo.