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Natural Sciences: SciFinder

SciFinder Overview

  1. SciFinder provides "unlimited access to the world’s most reliable and largest collection of substances, reactions and references
    (from both journals and patents) in chemistry and related sciences."

  2. It offers "an array of powerful tools to search, filter, and analyze" that help you find the most relevant results:
    -a range of search options allow you to conduct your search in my different ways: keywords, author names, publications, natural language, reaction pathways, chemical structions, and many others.

  3. SciFinder allows you to start your search in different ways: keywords, names, publications, natural language, reaction pathways, chemical structures, and many others – even Markush

  4. Locate the full text of a reference (citation) through HPU libraries or on the web
    -via Find It! links
  5. Stay informed with new research developments in any area of research
    -by adding a search topic to create  "Keep Me Posted" alerts
  6. Each user is required to create an account in SciFinder to access the database.

    Source: SciFinder Overview


Creating an Account


Note: If you already have a SciFinder account, just click on SciFinder to access the database.


We recommend registering for your SciFinder account by using your HPU email address. Fill out all required information and click "Register"


Tips for searching "References" in SciFinder

Before conducting a search, It is recommended  to set up your "preferences" such as remove duplicates, select the default starting page, etc.

Design and formulate a keyword search query. Select the appropriate answer candidates and refine the results later  to identify the most relevant references.

*Search Strategy: Identify the main concepts, start with a broad search of 2-3 concepts and refine later with additional concepts. (Search the singular form of words as SciFinder performs an automatic plural search)

Click on a title to view the "Reference Detail" or click "Quick View"  to view the summary of an article. A selected article(s) can be saved in to the folder named "SciPlanner".

If you would like to identify "influential authors/institutions" or " the most frequently cited references (articles)" on a research topic, click on the "Citing References" to sort the results. You can analyze the results by Author Name, CAS Registry Number, CA Section Title, Company Organization, Database, Document Type, etc.

You can also refine the answer set (results) by Research Topic, Author, Company Name, Document Type, Publication Year, Language, Database. You can further catagorize the results by Heading, Catagory, Index Terms, or Selected Terms.

To save a citation of an article, click on "Export". When choosing the Export option, select "Citation export format (*.ris)".  To learn more about exporting a citation, click here.

Click on "Create Keep Me Posted Alert" to set up an alert if you would like to be notified when new research is updated.

Note: You can use the same process to create "Keep Me Posted" for other topics.

Sign in to SciFinder

(Create a SciFinder Account)