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SciFinder Scholar (Client/Server Edition)

SciFinder Scholar & Substructure Module

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Client-server application/software that provides access to the CAS databases: CAplus (Chemical Abstracts™ and patents), CAS Registry, CHEMCATS, and to the Substructure Module, a chemical structure drawing tools. Scholar requires client software loaded on the individual workstations (PC or Mac) of authorized users or it can be accessed from designated University of Saskatchewan Library public workstations. An online version is now available: see the SciFinder (Web Edition) details page for important access information.

Scholar permits author and topic searches of chemistry literature back to 1907, and table of contents browsing. It includes links to the fulltext of patents and articles for selected publishers (typically requires a current Library subscription to the journal). In addition to topic and author searches, searching is by chemical name, structure, reactions, formulas, or CAS Registry numbers. It includes:

  • Cited and cited by references and link out to related searches on the Internet (eScience.
  • The CAS databases:
    • CAplus - Chemical Abstracts, including chemistry related literature, and patents
    • CAS REGISTRY - Substances database, including registry numbers
    • CASREACT - Organic chemical reactions) CHEMCATS (Commercial chemical info
    • CHEMLISTS (Regulated chemical info)
    • Medline, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) holding database
  • The Sub-Structure Module - A chemical structure drawing tool enabling chemical sub-structure searches and manipulation.

Access Note:To Connect to SciFinder Scholar:

  1. From a library computer workstation -- Click on SciFinder Scholar from the Start button and the Programs sub-menu option at designated public workstations at the Engineering Library, Natural Sciences Library, Health Sciences, and in the Murray Library (in the Learning Commons).
  2. From your workstation -- Authorized patrons may load client software and "key" software to their workstations

    -- First, login to this website to view the download links

    -- Then, use the Download/Install Instructions

  3. Remote Access from Home --  For technical reasons access from home for U of S authorized users is not possible by simply loading the files on your home computer. Authorized patrons have had success  using emulation software such as: Windows XP Remote Desktop (from drop-down menu: Programs/Accessories/Communications). Other possibilities (not confirmed) are: Virtual PC and VNC. If you require assistance with Remote Desktop please contact University ITS Helpdesk.

SubjectsOrganic and inorganic chemistry
CoverageChemical Abstracts & CAS REGISTRY: 1907 - present; CASREACT: 1840 - present
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society (ACS)
VendorCAS(Chemical Abstracts Service), a division of the American Chemical Society (ACS)
Print EquivalentCAplus: Chemical Abstracts; CAS REGISTRY: Chemical Abstracts Registry
LicenseAccess is limited to 4 simultaneous users. The online version currently has a 2 simultaneous user level.

Access to SciFinder Scholar and the Substructure Module is restricted to current University of Saskatchewan faculty, staff, and students for academic research: "Educational research done in the usual course in the pursuit of a degree, instructional (i.e., educational and training) use in a classroom setting; or research by faculty and students which is funded by the government or non-profit research foundations and intended for publication in the publicly available literature; provided, however, that to qualify as Academic Research, the research must not involve patentability searching." Commercial use is not permitted.

Authorized users are defined as: "A current faculty or administrative staff member, or officially registred student of the University of Saskatchewan, including part-time, post-doctoral and visiting students..." "use by walk-in visitors of general-public library patrons is not allowed."