NEW! SciFinder-n, the new search interface for the SciFinder database, is now available at the University of Toronto. Have questions? Please reach out to your liaison librarian for assistance, to request a training session or to book an appointment.

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SciFinder-n, produced by Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), is the most comprehensive source for chemical literature. Search by topic, author, substances by name or CAS Registry Number, OR use the editor to draw chemical structures, substructures, or reactions.


SciFinder Scholar® (old version)

Registration & Access

To access SciFinder, you must first register for an account using your University of Toronto email address. All registrations must be completed on campus or by using UTORvpn off-campus.

Authorized users: University of Toronto students, faculty and staff. Commercial use is prohibited.

How is SciFinder-n different from SciFinder Scholar® (old version)?

In addition to the reference, substance, reaction and supplier content found in SciFinder Scholar®, SciFinder-n includes a variety of improvements, such as relevance-ranked results, citation mapping, live search history, quicker retrieval of search results, multi-tab browsing, and new ways to search.

Added features & tools include:

  • MethodsNow: Step-by-step synthetic procedures and protocols extracted from patents and journal articles.
  • PatentPak: Enhanced view and navigation of full-text patents.
  • ChemDoodle: Touch-screen enabled structure drawing tool for mobile devices and tablets.
  • Retrosynthesis Planner: Generate a full retrosynthetic analysis of all known synthetic routes for any known molecule. Organize routes into a synthesis plan, which you can save, download, and share.

For more information about the differences between SciFinder Scholar® and SciFinder-n, check out our Comparison Chart.

Training and Resources