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Chemistry Writing - Spring 2017 (21:160:350): SciFinder

This guide was specifically created for Dr. Mendelsohn's class - Spring 2017

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:

Rutgers Libraries Toolbar

The Rutgers University Libraries Toolbar is a free Firefox extension (or add-on) that:

  • provides a drop-down menu to library resources
  • embeds library links on popular Websites such as Amazon.com
  • offers special functionality when you highlight terms on a Website and right-click over them with your mouse
  • allows linking from ISBNs, ISSNs, PubMed IDs, and DOIs to Rutgers-restricted online resources
  • is easy to install and easy to use

For more information, click on the link below:

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 some SciFinder search tips to help you complete your course assignment:

  • Looking for an article on a topic written by a specific author during a specific time period
    • Explore References
      • --> Research Topic
        • --> Research Topic search box
        • --> Advanced Search
          • --> Publication Year (-YYYY)
          • --> Author: Last Name, First
  • Looking for review articles on a specific topic?
    • Explore References
      • --> Research Topic 
        • --> Research Topic search box
        • --> Advanced Search
          • --> Document Type: Review

Physical Sciences Librarian

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Contact:
John Cotton Dana Library

185 University Ave

Newark, NJ 07102-1814

(973) 353-3811

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