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[Note: CAS has temporarily lifted IP restrictions due to COVID, and a proxy connection is not required at present.]
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SciFinder is the best place to start your search for research-level chemical information. It provides integrated 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.
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SciFinder account holders at UT Austin have access to both the original and new versions of SciFinder. CAS is currently rolling out a new interface called SciFindern (yes, that's a superscript "n"). The "classic" SciFinder Web interface is no longer being enhanced, although the bibliographic, substance and reaction data are fully up to date. There is no firm retirement date for the classic version at this time, but it will probably go away in 2022.
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