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Using SciFinder-n

A quick guide to help you get started with SciFinder-n

Library Workshops

Library regularly arranges SciFinder training workshops for our students and staff. Look out for our Library Workshop page or notification emails! 

You may also take a look at the workshop handouts from our previous offerings. 

What's in SciFinder-n

SciFinder-n, an upgraded version of SciFinder, is the most comprehensive database and tool for discovering chemical information. It is developed by Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS).

The platform contains contents from journal articles to information on chemical structures, properties, and reactions. Users can search literature by topic, author, and search substances by name or CAS Registry Number, or drawing a chemical structure. 

Help Guides & Tutorials

Searching in SciFinder-n

(Adapted from CAS SciFinder-n Help Guide)

How it works  (click the link to see detailed steps with screenshots)

Finds substances, reactions, references, and suppliers by

Find substances by

Finds reactions by

Find references (literature) by

Create a Retrosynthesis plan by 

  • drawing/ importing a chemical structure

SciFinder-n Workshop Recording

SciFinder-n Training - Finding Quality Chemical Information Resources (Mar 2020)  (PolyU students and Staff only)