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Chemical and Biochemical Engineering: Finding Information

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Understanding SciFinder Registering and Linking

  • Quick Link: SciFinder-n
  • Introduction
    • The University of Iowa now has access to SciFinder through two unique interfaces, SciFinder and SciFinder-n
    • SciFinder is the online version of Chemical Abstracts, Medline, and other resources. In it, you can search articles, parents, 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. 
  • Registration
    • If this is your first time using SciFinder, you must register for an account.
      • Register for a SciFinder Account 
      • To register you must be on campus and 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. 
  • Access
    • The links below work from anywhere, but you must use them to access either interface from off-campus.
    • SciFinder This classic version has been available since 2008 and has an older architecture.  It has system limits so you have to be more precise in searching.
    • SciFinder-n  This is the new interface. It allows more flexible searching, has relevancy ranking, and better functionality via mobile devices. It also has no system limits, renders structures in standard conventions and allows you to combine reference and structure searches. It includes these new tools: PatentPak, MethodsNow and Retrosynthesis Plan.
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