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The SciFinder-n Database: To Find Scholarly Journal Articles

A basic introduction to SciFinder-n, the database produced by the American Chemical Society.


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   In the SciFinder-n database, the search for scholarly journal articles, the literature search, is called the references search.

Search by: Keyword, Substance Name, CAS Registry Number (unique number assigned to just one substance), Molecular Formula, and more.  The results of your references search will also lead you to substances and reactions.

If you prefer, there is a references search video tutorial on the last page of this guide.

Choosing the references search from the menu.



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Sample search: Enter nanoparticles for drug delivery to cancer tumors in the References search box and click the search button.  More than 49,000 results are retrieved.  To begin narrowing your search results, on the left hand side of the screen, under Document Type, click the Journals box.

Document Type - Journal

All types of documents are included in the References search.  This step will limit your search results to scholarly journal articles.

Next, under Language, click the English box.

Language - English

Under Publication Year, choose the last five years by entering 2018, 2023, and clicking the Apply button.

Publication Year 2017-2022

Search results appear in order of relevance to the search terms you entered.  Choose articles from the top of the list or continue to use options on the left hand side of the screen to narrow your search results further.  For example, under Search Within Results, you could enter the keywords: pancreatic cancer women then click the Search button to add more keywords to your original search.

Search Within Results: pancreatic cancer women


Once you've narrowed your search and found reference you like, click the Full Text button in the bottom left corner of a References box, then in the pop up menu, click Search for Full Text from Pfau Library.

The Full Text button showing the pop up menu with Search for Full Text from Pfau Library, DOI, and View all Sources..


CAS SciFinder-n Help: Find References.

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