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Chem 156 - Biochemical Laboratory Techniques

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Search for topic terms, authors, citations, and chemical substances and reactions

SciFinder is made up of several interconnected databases, which include:
• Journal articles, patents, conference papers, dissertations, technical reports and more from:
      • • CAS references from 1907-present, plus selected content from 1800-1906
      • • MEDLINE, references to journal articles in life sciences focusing on  biomedicine, from the National Library of Medicine
• CAS Registry Substance records, many with property data, spectra, and other information.
• Organic reaction records

More on CAS Content

SciFinder Training Resources

   Reference Searching Training Videos, including
      • Search for a Specific Topic
      Search by Author Name
      Understand Reference Details

    General Topics Training Videos, such as
        • Optimize Navigating SciFinder

SciFinder PDF Handouts

   • How to Create a Reference Answer Set
     Search by Research Topic, Author Name, Company Name, and Document Identifier.   
   • How to Work with a Reference Answer Set 
      Analyze, Refine, and Categorize search results.
   • Reference Topic Searching: Best Practices
   • How to Create a Substance Answer Set and How to Work with Substance Answer Sets
   • How to Create a Reaction Answer Set and  How to Work with Reaction Answer Sets
   • How to Print, Save, and Export

Using SciFinder: Tips From Other Sources

Searching coordination and organometallic compounds in SciFinder. 2011. html or pdf

Searching inorganic substances in SciFinder. 2011. html or pdf

Lecture Notes 11-15 on SciFInder (UCSB Library)
From Chuck Huber's CHEM 184/284 (Chemical Literature) course guide.

Once you have a list of references, you probably have a variety of literature types in the list.
If you only want to retrieve journal articles or another type ot publication:

  1. In the Analyze/Refine/Categorize column to the left of the list of references, select Refine
  2. Under Refine by: select Document Type
  3. Under  Document Type(s) select Journal (or another publication type)
  4. At the end of the list, click Refine

SciFinder Limit Results to Journals Only


If you are looking at a list of references, under each title is an Other Sources link.
If you clicked on a title to see the full record, at the top center above the article title look for Link to Other Sources

SciFinder reference list Other Sources Link Scifinder full display Link to Other Sourcecs

Click on Other Sources or Link to Other Sources, and a new CAS Full Text Options comes up.

  1. In the Web-based document resources box, if there is a PDF or HTML from the Publisher link, try them first.
  2. If they aren't there/don't work/ask you to pay for content, select the Find It at Fresno State link in the Your organization's document resources box.   This will take you to our OneSearch page and either give you access to the article online, in print, or offer an Interlibrary Loan link where we will get the article for you.
    CAS Full Text Options screen

Saves your answer set

Select record(s); select summary or detailed display; use browser's print menu to print.

Save as .rtf or .pdf file on your workstation, or export to EndNote

To Email Results
Select Export and save your file as .rtf or .pdf, then email the file as an attachment.

Or, cut and paste the information you want into your email.

Use Link to copy the URL to a record or your answer set and paste it into an email.  It will take you back into SciFinder and retrieve the record/answer set.

You can email from CAS Full Text Options screen

The CAS Full Text Options window offers an Email Reference(s) link.
Fill out your contact information <continue> and your email address in the To: box <send>.

You will receive a email with the brief citation information and links back into CAS Full Text Options.

References from SciFinder will NOT go into Zotero via the browser Connectors.

Instead, either from the Reference Detail page in SciFinder, OR from the Results list where you have selected multiple references...
1. Select Export at the top right of the SciFInder results list
2. In For: Citation Manager select Citation export format (*.ris)
3. In Details: File Name * give it a name you'll recognize
4. Click Export
5. EITHER  Save the file. Then in Zotero, go to File—>Import and select the file from your downloads
    OR       If a popup box appears, select Zotero to open the file in your Zotero Library

Firefox popup with.ris file for Zotero

6. Check and edit the imported information, the Issue field usually has an error
    (the copyright information appears there instead of the issue number):    zotero import from scifinder fix issue field