How to use SciFinder

SciFinder is a chemical literature database for chemistry and chemical engineering. You can search for author names, research topics, substance identifiers, chemical structures and chemical reactions.

SciFinder includes Chemical Abstracts, CASReact, Medline, and Registry. SciFinder can be used only by Wageningen students and staff and you need to register. SciFinder cannot be accessed off-campus.

Search for a specific topic

You can search SciFinder with natural language phrases. This means that you can type a sentence or question in the search box. For instance, you can search with the sentence: "Adsorption of iron in humans". Tip: use two or three concepts to start your search and refine with additional terms based on your search results.

SciFinder does not use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT). SciFinder ignores words like OF, IN, AS,AT, FOR, FROM, THE, TO and WITH.

Plurals, abbreviations and difference in spellings

SciFinder searches automatically for most plurals and also translates some abbreviations and British vs American spellings. For instance, for the term NMR, Scifinder searches for NMR, but also for "Nuclear Magnetic Resonance", Color also retrieves colour etc.

"Keep me Posted" (alerts)

An alert is called "Keep me Posted" in SciFinder. How to set up an alert for your topic:

  • Go to your results list
  • Click on "Create Keep me Posted Alert"
  • Enter a title for your alert and, this is optional, enter a description
  • Change or accept the default duration (default is 1 year)
  • Specify the frequency, you can receive your alerts once a week or once a month
  • Click on "Create".

Export references to EndNote or Mendeley

By default SciFinder exports all retrieved references, but you can change this by selecting (marking) references in your results list.

  • Click on “Export” , and a popup opens on your screen
  • Choose: All, Selected or Range
  • Select "Citation export format (RIS)
  • Click on "Export
  • Another popup opens. Here you can choose to export to EndNote or Mendeley desktop
  • Click on "OK" and the references are directly imported into the reference manager of your choice.

Do you need more help? There are several tutorials available:

-Module SciFinder WUR Library: Database of chemical literature, -SciFinder Training Materials.