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Chemistry Writing - Spring 2020 (21:160:350): SciFinder

This guide was specifically created for Prof. Raffi Manjikian's class - Spring 2020

Comparing Databases

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.

Ask-A-Librarian

There are several ways to seek help from a librarian:

SciFinder

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.

SciFinder Search Tips

Below are a few SciFinder search tips to help you complete your course assignments:

  • Looking for all the articles by a specific author
    • Explore References
      • --> Author Name (be as complete as possible - find out what his/her middle initial is - perhaps from their Research Group Web site)
        • --> select the most appropriate Author Name Candidates
  • Looking for articles published during a specific time period?
    • On the results page, click on the Refine tab
      • --> Publication Year (-1999 or 2000-2009 or 2010-)
  • Looking for review articles on a specific topic?
    • Explore References
      • --> Research Topic
        • --> Research Topic search box
        • --> Document Type: Review
  • Changing your search?
    • Be sure to pay close attention to the 'breadcrumb' trail

Physical Sciences Librarian

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Bonnie Fong
Contact:
John Cotton Dana Library

185 University Ave

Newark, NJ 07102-1814

(973) 353-3811

Licensing Information

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