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You first need to Register to Use SciFinder - create a free account for yourself with a login and password.
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There's no app to download, no IP address restrictions; just point the Web browser on your mobile device to scifinder.cas.org/mobile and login.
If you're new to SciFinder, you may want to review the SciFinder Quick Reference Guide.
On the SciFinder Training website, you will find short, targeted tutorials and videos organized by search type. Here are a few videos you might find helpful when getting started.
Search for Specific Reactions or Reaction Type: how to find information about a specific chemical reaction or reaction type; how to access associated reaction information, such as catalysts, solvents, yields, and experimental procedures
Search for a Specific Topic: how to find information about a specific research topic; how to use CAS indexing to fine tune your search; what to do if you only need a few good references as compared to a more comprehensive answer set
NOTE: You may have to scroll down to find the video. Be patient! Sometimes the videos are slow to load in the page after you click the link below.
Search the CAS Lexicon to find concepts and substances to build a Reference Search. So if you can't spell very well and forget what PFAFS stands for, you can find it in the Lexicon, as well as additional, similar concepts and terms.
From within SciFinder, you will see a "Launch CAS Lexicon" button that will take you to the Lexicon search page.
NOTE: Although you can use the CSA Lexicon link above to get to the Lexicon search, it will require you to log into SciFinder
Once you have a completed a SciFinder search and have a list of articles you want, you can find the full text by clicking on the "full text" button in the lower left of each article.
You will see 3 choices:
When you find relevant articles, take a look at the references cited in each article, and if the article has been cited, look at the articles that cite it. This is an excellent way to expand your search and make sure you've found all the critical articles in your research area. SciFinder has 2 features that help you do this
Watch this short video tutorial, Citation Maps from Reference Searches in SciFinderⁿ, or read on.
The "Citing" button
Where ever you see the Citing button click it to see articles that cite the article you found. This image shows the Citing button in the lower right of a record in the search results list
The Citation Map button
You can enter this feature wherever you see the Citation Map button. The image below shows the button in the bottom right corner of a SciFinder record in the search results list:
Th following image shows the Citation Map button in the middle of the top navigation bar after you've selected a particular record to review.
Citation Mapping Basics:
Once you have selected a record you want to mine for additional sources, click the Citation Map button
Within the Citation Map feature, the "Root Article" is the article in your search results that you've chosen to mine for additional sources. For example, in the images used in this example, the article we're mining is
Recognition of the 3' splice site RNA by the U2AF heterodimer involves a dynamic population shift, By: von Voithenberg, Lena Voith; Sanchez-Rico, Carolina; Kang, Hyun-Seo; Madl, Tobias; Zanier, Katia; Barth, Anders; Warner, Lisa R; Sattler, Michael; Lamb, Don C. in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol113, No 46, pages: E7169-E7175
This is the Root Article in our example below
Once in the Citation Map, notice the left navigation bar. You can use the tabs to:
You will also see a Citation Map like the one below, with the Root Article in the middle, The Cited By sources in purple to the Left, and the Citing sources in green to the right
If you put your mouse arrow over any of the Purple or Green dots, a pop up box will appear telling you the title of the source represented by the dot.
You can expand the map to follow the citations in any of the sources by clicking on the Expand Citations button in the pop up box.
Beware! It is easy to get lost drilling down into all of the citations. It may help to drill down into the citations by using the filters to limit by documentation type or author. In the left navigation bar under the Author filter, you'll note that authors are listed in order by the highest cited to the least cited.
1. Perform a Substances search for the substance of interest.
2. Click on the substance record.
3. In the record details, look for the "Experimental Spectra" section and open the dropdown menu.
4. Select the tab for proton NMR spectra (1H NMR). It's usually the first tab.
5. Select one of the links for "View Proton NMR Spectrum" to see the image.
6. Once you have opened up the spectrum viewer, look below the image. There should be a Download button for a .JPG file.
7. You also will see the citation information listed at the bottom of the spectrum viewer page.
To import references from SciFinder, start from your SciFinder search results page
Step 1 - Select the records you want by clicking the check boxes next to each record or click the box at the top of your results list to select all of the records
Step 2 - Click the Download button in the top navigation bar toward the right side
Step 3 - In the Download Reference Results box, use the drop down arrow to Change File Type to “Citation (.ris)"
In the upper right of this same menu, select whether you want to download "All Results" in your search just the "Selected Results" - i.e. the individual record boxes you checked - or a Range of records you designate
At the bottom of the menu decide what parts of each record you want to download with the citation, including: The search aka "task history", abstract, concepts, substances, analytical methods, formulations, and citations from the articles' references
Once all of your decisions are made, click the "Download" button.
Step 4 - Login to EndNote Web
Step 5 - Click the "Collect" tab in the top navigation bar, then the "Import References" option
Step 6 - In the Import References menu, choose the file you want to upload, then scroll through the Import Options and Select “RefMan RIS”
Step 7 - If you want the references grouped together under a particular topic, use the dropdown arrow next to "To:" to Select the Group or folder where you want the references to go. You can create a new group as well.
Step 7 - When your ready, Click the Import button
When the importing of your records is complete, you will see a note in red that your "references were imported" into the group or file you designated.
Step 8 - Go to the “My References” tab in the top navigation bar to find the references you imported. If you designed the reference to go into a particular group, you will need to look under MyGroups to find the folder or group you designated
You can Create a Keep Me Posted (KMP) Alert
Once you have a completed a substance or reference search and have a set of results, set up a KMP Alert. Use the "Save and Alert" button in the right of the top navigation bar to save your search and have SciFinder periodically check for new records.
You will receive a SciFinder-n Alert Results for References email automatically to notify you via email when new records on your topic become available.