Due to differences in coverage, indexing, and interfaces, SciFinder, Reaxys, Web of Science, and Google Scholar each have their strengths and weaknesses. Use SciFinder if you are interested in searching the chemical literature for journal articles and/or conference proceedings.
There are several ways to seek help from a librarian:
NOTE THAT IN ORDER TO USE SCIFINDER, YOU MUST FIRST *REGISTER* WITH SCIFINDER FROM AN ON-CAMPUS COMPUTER. (Below is a link to instructions about how to register.)
The electronic version of the print publication "Chemical Abstracts," SciFinder comprehensively covers the world-wide literature of chemistry, including journal articles, patents, conference proceedings, theses and dissertations, technical reports, government documents, etc. Search by research topic, author name, DOI, patent number, chemical name, chemical structure, chemical reaction, etc. Coverage dates: 1907-present
Rutgers no longer has an 8-seat limit for SciFinder. We now have unlimited access! However, the system is still currently set to disconnect any workstation that is idle for more than 10 minutes (i.e., no commands entered into the system for 10 minutes). So if you become immersed in reading a list of documents retrieved from one of your searches, you may be momentarily surprised when a 10 minute warning screen pops up and you are given the option of continuing or being automatically disconnected.
Note: The client version of SciFinder was discontinued on June 30, 2011.
Below are a few SciFinder search tips to help you complete your course assignments:
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