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What's SciFinder

SciFinder is a comprehensive index for chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry, and related subjects, covering the world's literature back to the 1800s. It includes information on substances, reactions, and provides structure and substructure searching. It also covers patents, chemical catalogs, regulated chemicals, spectra, and experimental and calculated properties.

CAS's At-A-Glance summarizes the content of SciFinder.


What's New in SciFinder?


SciFinder Promotional Videos on YouTube

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) has posted a number of promotional videos on YouTube.

Uses topics like sugar, green tea, silk, lava etc. to show how ScFinder might be used to explore those topics.

For SciFinder instrutional and training videos, see the box below titled "SciFinder Training - Tutorials, Webinars, etc."


Accessing SciFinder

Access to SciFinder is restricted to current students, faculty, and staff of Texas A&M University due to license restrictions.

If you have not registered OR off-campus,
click here to register or access SciFinder from off-campus.

If you have already registered and are on-campus,
click here to access SciFinder

If you are new to SciFinder, you might want to look at the training resources below. Even a seasoned SciFinder user can learn something new from  the training resources below and the What's New in SciFinder to the left.


SciFinder System Recommendations and Requirements

If SciFinder is not functioning properly, check the system requirements. In addition to the minimum requirements, problems can also arise when your operating system, Java, or browser exceeds what CAS has tested and supports.


Troubleshooting SciFinder

Be sure your computer meets minimum SciFinder System Recommendations and Requirements. I cannot stress the importance of ensuring your system meets the requirements.

One of the main issues SciFinder users often have is the structure and reaction drawing tools not load properly. This is often a Java related issue and can be resolved by installing the latest version of JRE. You can obtain JRE from the SciFinder System Recommendations and Requirements webpage under the "Java (JRE) Plug-In Requirements" section.

Mac Users: If SciFinder structure editor suddenly does not work on your Mac, it is probably because you have "updated" software with Apple Java Update 2012-006, which actually removes Java, and you must have it to run SciFinder. See the follwoing document from CAS to Re-enabling Structure Drawing after Apple Java Update 2012-006 1.0 (10/12)

If you are already registered and having trouble logging into SciFinder, contact CAS Customer Center.

If you are having other issues (e.g., SciFinder not loading properly), please contact me at In some cases I might need to contact CAS Customer Center or ask you to contact them to resolve.


SciFinder Training - Tutorials, Webinars, etc.

CAS has numerous tutorials, live webinars, recorded webinars, and other training materials/opportunities at their training website.

Here are a few:

Introduction to Reference Searching

Introduction to SciFinder Drawing Editor

Introduction to Substance Searching

Introduction to Reaction Searching

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Reaxys - SciFinder Isn't the Only Game in Town

Reaxys - Another database providing literature, substance, structure, and reaction searching.

Here is a Reaxys Overview.


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