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You must register the first time you use Scifinder. Read these instructions before registering:

  • IF off-campus when you register, you will need to enter your library username and password when you click on the "register here" link below.
  • When registering in SciFinder (creating your personal SciFinder account), the email address you use in your registration must be in the dsu.edu domain and registration is completed upon your response to an email from SciFinder.
  • After registering, use your personal SciFinder login/password to login.
  • If you experience any problems, review system requirements
  • To learn how to search and use the features of SciFinder, see its support site.

The DSU Library's license for SciFinder permits only one person at a time to use SciFinder.

Description of SciFinder

SciFinder (a product of the American Chemical Society) is a subscription information service with access restricted to Dakota State University students, faculty and staff.

SciFinder is a research discovery tool focused primarily on chemistry that allows you to explore the CAS databases containing literature from many scientific disciplines including biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, materials science, agricultural science, and more. It provides:

  • More than 15 million single- and multi-step reactions
  • More than 1 billion predicted property values
  • More than 2 million experimental properties
  • The CAS REGISTRY database - provides chemical substance information
  • All patent records meeting CAS selection criteria, from 9 of the major patent offices, are available online within 2 days of the patents' issuance
  • Sequences combined from CAS and GenBank databases, which are indexed and linked to scientific journal and patent literature

It provides access to citations and abstracts (and to some full articles). Not only can you "Explore References" in SciFinder (to find the chem. Literature), but also you can "Explore Substances" and "Explore Reactions."

After logging into SciFinder, use the Help link in the upper right corner for more information about using it. Training and support materials may also be found at http://www.cas.org/products/scifinder. To learn how to search and use the features of SciFinder, see its support site.

Last Updated: 10/29/12