SciFinder Scholar


General Information | Register for SciFinder | RefWorks | EndNote, ProCite, Reference Manager | Off-Campus Access | Spectral Data

General Information

SciFinder includes the Chemical Abstracts and Medline databases as well as additional information:

Windows (2000, XP, or Vista) and Macintosh users may access SciFinder on the Web. SciFinder is limited to use by current University of Akron students, staff, and faculty. If you receive the message that there are too many concurrent sessions for this login id, please try to sign on again a little later. If you have any questions about SciFinder, please contact the subject librarian.

In order to use SciFinder, you need to register first. You may sign up for alerts through the Keep Me Posted feature. Be sure to sign out (upper-left hand corner) when you are finished so that others may sign on.

Register for SciFinder

Please read this entire paragraph before clicking on any links. In order to register for SciFinder Scholar, click here first. Then, click the Next button. On the next page, enter the information requested and create a Username and Password for yourself. Click on the Tips link to see what the requirements are for the Username and Password. You will need to use your University of Akron e-mail account to register. After you register, you will need to wait until you receive a confirmation e-mail, which usually arrives in an hour or less. After you receive the confirmation e-mail, you will need to click on the link in that e-mail within 48 hours to confirm your registration. If you do not click on this link within 48 hours, you will need to register again. Then, you may sign in at one of the following URLs: on-campus | off-campus. Note: The client version is NO longer available.


References from SciFinder may be imported into RefWorks, which The University of Akron now licenses. RefWorks may be used to create your own personal database, manage your references, and/or create bibliographies. You should save your answers from SciFinder in the Citation Export Format (*.ris).

  • Log into RefWorks, or create an account if you are a first-time user.
  • Select References, then Import from the toolbar.
  • Select BIBSYS (RIS Import Format) as the data source and All Databases as the database.
  • Browse to find the RIS file you saved from your SciFinder search, single-click on the filename, then click the "Open" button.
  • Click Import. Your records should appear in the Last Imported Folder.

Additional instructions for using RefWorks are available on the RefWorks Help page, the Help Menu after you sign on to RefWorks, and the tutorial.

EndNote, ProCite, and Reference Manager

References from SciFinder may be exported to EndNote, ProCite, or Reference Manager. You should save your answers from SciFinder in the Citation Export Format (*.ris).

Using SciFinder from Off-Campus

You may connect to SciFinder via EZProxy if you have registered already.

Spectral Data

Nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared, and mass spectral data are now available in SciFinder for many substances. Search for your chemical substance by name, Registry Number, molecular formula, or structure. After obtaining your results, click on the registry number, then the "Experimental Properties" link, then the "See spectrum" link for the particular spectrum in which you are interested. Your Web browser should open and display the spectral image.

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