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SciFinder

An introduction to using CAS's SciFinder database.

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Structure Editor

A free Java (JRE) plug-in is required for structure drawing. The structure editor can be slow to load, especially the first time you open it. See the SciFinder JAVA FAQ for system requirements.
 
If you experience problems with the editor in SciFinder, check your Java version and install the latest version if necessary. Your browser(s) must be restarted for updates to take effect.

SciFinder E-Learning

The new CAS Learning Solutions resource center provides access to a variety of SciFinder tutorials and guides. Sign up for instructor-led training or weekly practice sessions.

Cited vs. Citing References

In SciFinder you will have the option to select Get Cited or Get Citing references. What's the difference?

Cited references are sources referenced by a paper. Refer to these sources for background information on an article's methods or research.

Citing references are sources that reference a paper--in other words, their authors used the paper for their research. These sources can show how an idea or topic has developed over time.

Review Papers

Don't neglect reviews (also called review papers or review articles) when searching in SciFinder!

Review papers are syntheses of primary sources within a given topic and often contain extensive bibliographies. They are an excellent place to start if you are new to the field.