Tips and tricks for SciFinder

Published on
September 30, 2016

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.

In SciFinder, you can set up alerts or export references to EndNote or Mendeley. Instructions can be found in the FAQ.

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

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