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Important Note about Access to SciFinder Scholar

In order to properly access SciFinder (or set up your account) from an off campus or remote location, you must first login using the web-based virtual private network offered by USF IT.  This is easy to use and you simply login with your NetID, but you must have Java and a Java-compatible browser on your computer.  To utilize the VPN method of remote authentication, click the link below and follow the simple steps.  This will more completely authenticate your entire computer activities for the duration of the session, but if you have any questions or concerns, please email me (Matt Torrence -

What is SciFinder Scholar?

SciFinder Scholar provides simple point and click access to the Chemical Abstracts Service databases:

  • Chemical Abstracts (1907-present)
  • Registry (1957-present)
  • CASREACT (1907-present for journals; 1982-present for patents)

No special training or knowledge of search command languages is required. Users may search more than 25 million citations to the chemistry literature by topic, author, CAS Registry Number, patent number, and CAS abstract number.

More than 27 million chemical substances may be searched by chemical name, chemical structure, CAS Registry Number, and formula. Information for over 10 million organic, organometallic, natural product and biocatalyzed reactions from the CASREACT database is included in SciFinder Scholar.

Online Training for SciFinder Scholar

How to Register and Access SciFinder