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SciFinder and SciFinder-n


SciFinder is restricted to current UI faculty, students, and staff.  SciFinder is the online version of Chemical Abstracts, Medline and other resources. Within it, you can search articles, patents, conferences, books and dissertations, by substance name or formula, structure, reaction, research topic and author. 

Registration is required before the first use. Once registered for SciFinder, your username and password will work for either one. 

SciFinder Registration

If this is your first time using SciFinder, you must register for an account. 

To register you must use your University of Iowa email address ( After you submit your registration form, CAS will send you an e-mail with instructions for completing the registration process. This email should arrive within 30 minutes, if not, check your spam folder.  If you have followed the instructions above, but you're having problems registering, please contact or 800-753-4227.


  • Username must be 5-15 characters and can only have letters, numbers, -, _ , ., or @
  • Password must be 7-15 characters and have three of the following: letters, mixed upper and lower case letters, numbers, non-alphanumeric characters like @,%,#, etc.


SciFinder Tutorials

New Tools in SciFinder-n

SciFinder Data Sources

​SciFinder-n and SciFinder retrieve content from many files: