Individuals affiliated with UT-Austin may register for a personal SciFinder account and use it from any computer that is connected to or proxied through the campus network, including library workstations. Authorized persons include:
These types of individuals are not allowed to register for or use SciFinder:
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.
To get to all our licensed resources while outside the campus network, you must use our Proxy Server to establish a session that carries a recognized UT Austin IP address. To do this follow a link from any Library web page or database directory, and enter your UT EID and password when prompted.
VPN will not work for this purpose, and will interfere with a proxy connection. Exit VPN and proceed through your existing network to establish a proxied connection.
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 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.
CAS is currently marketing a new SciFinder interface (not just an upgrade, according to them) called SciFindern (yes, that's a superscript "n" to make typing it and saying it more fun). The "classic" SciFinder Web interface is no longer being developed with enhancements or new datasets, although the bibliographic, substance and reaction files are fully up to date. There is no retirement date for the classic version at this time. At some point in the future it's likely that UT System will have to migrate to the new version, but since there is considerable added cost involved, we have no immediate plans to do so.
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