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CHEM: 2410 Organic Chemistry Laboratory: Part 2: SciFinder Search


See your lab assignment for your assigned professor, complete instructions and an example.

For this part of your assignment, use SciFinder to locate a paper by a chemistry author. Links and instructions for accessing and searching SciFinder are included in this page.

If you have any questions, please ask your TA or a librarian.

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SciFinder gives you instant access to the world's largest curated collection of information on disclosed chemistry and related research produced by CAS. SciFinder allows you to search Chemical Abstracts & MEDLINE by author and topic.

SciFinder is available to University of Iowa faculty, staff & students only.

SciFinder Registration

If this is your first time using SciFinder, you must register for an account first. You must use your University of Iowa email address ( to register. 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 for a SciFinder account, please contact or 800-753-4227.

Access SciFinder

If you have already registered for a SciFinder account, you may use this link to access both on and off-campus. If you are off-campus, you will be prompted to enter your HawkID and password.

Help with SciFinder

Here are some quick tips and tricks for author searching SciFinder. If you need assistance, please contact your librarian.

Try using the "Organization" filter to narrow your search - look and see if the University of Iowa is an option as the organization responsible for the article.


Use these examples as templates to cite the article and the abstract for Part 2:


Foster, J. C.; Varlas, S.; Couturaud, B.; Coe, J.; O’Reilly, R. K. Getting into Shape: Reflections on a New Generation of Cylindrical Nanostructures’ Self-Assembly Using Polymer Building Blocks. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019141 (7), 2742−2753. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b08648

Contact your librarian if you need assistance.

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