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What is SciFinder?

SciFinder is a research tool that covers biochemical, chemical, chemical engineering, medical, and other related information.  It includes journal articles, book chapters, patents, conference proceedings, technical reports, and a substance database.

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Chemical AbstractsPlus (CA Plus)

Literature from 1907 to the present plus selected pre-1907 references. Over 1,500 core chemical journals are included, as well as patents, books, conference proceedings, etc. 



Biomedical literature from more than 4,780 journals and 70 countries, covering literature from 1950 to the present. MEDLINE is also available through PubMed


CAS Registry

Chemicals and biochemical sequences searchable by name, number, formula, or structure, with experimental and predicted property data.



Reaction information for single- and multiple-step reactions



Chemical source information, including supplier addresses and pricing information derived from current chemical catalogs and libraries, retrieved for individual substances.



Regulatory information records from 1979 to the present, including substance identity information, inventory status, sources, and compliance information.

SciFinder Videos

Getting Help

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