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SciFinder is a research tool that identifies chemical and related information in journals, patents, conferences, books, and dissertations. Please read the instructions below to access SciFinder on the web.

Registration for SciFinder Web Version
  • SciFinder runs in a web browser—so no downloading of software is needed.
  • The new version is available at https://scifinder.cas.org

Register at: http://library.case.edu/ksl/services/research/securedatabase/scifinder.aspx‌

1. Enter your contact information: only your name and e-mail address are required

2. Specify a username and password.

  • Your username must be unique and contain 5-15 characters. It can contain only letters or a combination of letters and numbers.
  • Your password must contain 7-15 characters and include at least three of the following:

1. Letters--mixed upper- and lowercase letters
2. Numbers
3. Non-alphanumeric characters (e.g. @, #, %, &, *) 

3. Select a security question from the drop-down list and provide the answer.

4. Click Register.

5. You will see a message indicating that you will receive an e-mail message at the address you provided within the form.

6. Open and read the e-mail message from CAS.

7. If you accept the terms and conditions for using SciFinder, click the link within the e-mail message to complete the registration process.

8. A confirmation page is displayed.

9. Click the link provided in the e-mail message to begin working with SciFinder. 

Can't Connect?

It is possible that you will be unable to begin working with SciFinder immediately because all seats for the web version of SciFinder are currently in use. We have 7 seats available. If so, try logging in later. If the problem persists, contact your site administrator at the Kelvin Smith Library, Yuening Zhang, Chemistry Librarian, at 216-368-5310 or email yxz508@case.edu.

Training & Support


Please note:

  • Use of these products is restricted to computers connected to the Case network, either by faceplate on campus or off campus by using VPN. If you are using Case wireless network access, you must also use VPN. If you have any questions or problems installing or using SciFinder, contact: Yuening Zhang, Chemistry Librarian, at 216-368-5310 or email yxz508@case.edu.

Services FAQ

How Do I get started if I don't have a topic?
Academic Search Premier provides full text journal coverage for nearly all academic areas of study.
How do I decide between Databases & the Internet?

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How do I find popular articles from Magazines or Newspapers?

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How do I find scholarly articles from academic journals?

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How do I choose a database?
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How do I properly credit sources in my research paper?
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What are Electronic Resources?
Electronic resources are generally considered to be Internet-based or online versions of print journals, newspapers, magazines, books, manuals, and other materials. It should be noted that some journals and databases are now published in electronic format only. This trend is expected to continue.
What are electronic or ejournals?

An electronic journal (ejournal, e-journal, ej, etc.) is a digitized or online version of a printed journal, such as the Physical Review A. Like most ejournals, this journal exists in both print and electronic formats. Collectively, the Case libraries provide access to thousands of electronic journals. This includes journals that are licensed independently by the Case libraries, journals in the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center, and a select number of journals that are freely available over the World Wide Web.

Users should be aware that many titles licensed by Case are not accessible from the OhioLINK EJC. An example of this is Science Online, the Web version of Science Magazine.

What are research databases?

A database is a collection of information organized into a particular format. Every item in a database has its own record and each of these records is itself divided into specific fields of information (e.g., author, title, etc.) In this respect, a telephone book can be defined as a database.

An electronic research database is a computerized collection of information in digital format. The Case libraries provide access to several hundred research databases, many of which include the full text of journal and newspaper articles. View Research Databases for a complete list of databases provided by the Case Libraries.

Users should be aware that several titles subscribed by Case are not accessible from the OhioLINK Research Databases list. An example of this is IEEE Xplore. IEEE Xplore provides full text access to IEEE transactions, journals, magazines and conference proceedings published since 1988 and all current IEEE standards.

How do I access the Databases from Home?

If you are a student, faculty, or staff at Case, you may access the databases with software-free remote authentication to OhioLINK electronic databases and journals. When you're away from your own computer or away from campus, logon to OhioLINK and choose a database or electronic journal.

You'll be prompted to enter Case as your school, your name and Case Account Number (your SS# is no longer used), and your library

For current Case enrolled and employed individuals, it's a simple way to have 2 hours of remote access to OhioLINK-only electronic content, and you can reconnect as often as you need to use the reources! Use any computer with a current web-browsr. (Remote authentication to Case-only resources requires VPN software on your computer.) Use PIN authentication for OhioLINK-only resources across the U.S. and around the world!

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