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SciFinder Basics


Who can use SciFinder?

Authorized individuals at UT-Austin who have registered for a personal SciFinder account may use SciFinder from any computer connected to or proxied through the campus network, including library workstations.  Authorized persons include:

  • Currently enrolled students
  • Currently appointed faculty and staff
  • Retired and emeritus faculty and staff
  • Currently appointed postdocs
  • Official visiting scholars (with valid faculty/staff UT EID and utexas.edu email address)

These types of individuals are not allowed to register for or use SciFinder:

  • Alumni and former students (1 semester after departure)
  • Former faculty, staff, postdocs
  • Unofficial visitors (without faculty/staff UT EID or utexas email address)
  • Library Courtesy Borrowers

Coming from another institution?

If you're new to UT but used SciFinder at a previous institution, your old account won't work here.  Create a new one by registering above with your utexas.edu email address.  TIP:  If your web browser "remembers" and automatically enters your old SciFinder login ID and password, you'll have to clear that out and update it with your new one.


Terms of Use

Use of SciFinder must be for educational and academic research purposes only. Commercial use - including patentability searching - on behalf of any profit-making entity, regardless of one's personal status at UT, is not permitted. Users must agree to these terms when connecting to the resource. CAS actively monitors and reports suspect activity, and violation of the terms of use may result in loss of access.

What's in SciFinder?

SciFinder is the best place to start your search for research-level chemical information. It provides integrated, user-friendly web access to these Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) databases, plus Medline:


SciFinder vs Reaxys

SciFinder and Reaxys (incorporating Beilstein and Gmelin) are complementary resources, and although there is some overlap the two are quite different in their respective literature coverage, and the ways they register compounds and index reactions. It's advisable to consult both databases for the most complete coverage of compounds, reactions, and properties.

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