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Getting Started

In March 2021, USMA Library transitioned from SciFinder to SciFinder-n. SciFinder-n provides many of the same search capabilities as SciFinder with a new search interface. This guide is intended to introduce users to the SciFinder-n platform. 

Transitioning from SciFinder to SciFinderⁿ

If you already have a SciFinder account, you will be able to log in to SciFinderⁿ via the new platform and do not need to set up a new account. If you are new to SciFinder, set up an account using this link: (You must be on campus or VPN for this link to work.)

  • Click on the SciFinder Registration link above
  • Click on "Next" to continue with the registration
  • Click "Accept" to accept the terms of use
  • Fill in the required information


Key Features

SciFinder-n provides access to a variety of different sources of chemical information. Here are a few of the features you may find helpful:

  • Structure Searching - Draw or upload structures to perform exact, substructure, or similarity searches
  • Substance Searching - Find chemical information by keyword CAS registry numbers or patent number.
  • Reaction Searching
  • Reference Search
  • Retrosynthesis Planning
  • Citation Mapping

Using SciFinder-n

CAS provides training resources to help you get started with many of the key features of SciFinder-n. Their guide includes videos on topics like structure searching, reaction searching, finding patent information, and more.

SciFinder-n Topical Help

Videos included are:

You can find other short, targeted training materials on using SciFinder-n here.

Databases Included in SciFinder-n

Databases Included:

  • CAPlus - bibliographic entries from Chemical Abstracts back to 1907.  Over 1,500 core chemical journals are included, as well as patents, books, conference proceedings, etc.  Link out to Find It @ UT to connect to electronic full text or check for print holdings.
  • MEDLINE - bibliographic entries in the medical sciences back to 1949
  • CAS REGISTRY - Chemicals and biochemical sequences searchable by name, number, formula, or structure, with experimental and predicted property data.
  • CHEMLIST - Registry of regulated chemicals.
  • CHEMCATS - Chemical supplier catalogs.
  • CASREACT - Individually indexed reaction schemes back to 1840.
  • MARPAT - Searchable Markush structures from patents covered by CAS from 1988.
  • CIN (Chemical Industry Notes) - bibliographic entries from chemical industry trade publications from 1974.

A table showing the full contents of SciFinder-n is available on the CAS website.


Brunner, Karen M. at University of St. Thomas Libraries provided the template for this LibGuide.

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