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SciFinder Database Guide

Database Overview

SciFinder is the expanded electronic version of Chemical Abstracts, produced by Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS). It includes citations and abstracts for journal articles and other materials on chemistry and related areas, including agriculture, biology and medicine, engineering, food science and nutrition, geology, and physics. The database also permits searching by chemical structures and reactions. SciFinder covers literature from the mid-19th century to present.

Use Restrictions

  • Limited to use by faculty, students, and staff of the University of Maine
  • Limited to use for academic research, coursework, or instruction at the University of Maine
  • Limited to use on computers connected to the University of Maine campus network, or authenticated by the library proxy server
  • Unavailable from 10 pm Saturday until 1 am Sunday each week for maintenance. On the first Saturday of each month the database is unavailable from 5 pm Saturday until 1 am Sunday for maintenance. (All times are U.S. Eastern Time.)

Getting Started

System requirements for SciFinder

First time users need to register, and create an individual username and password, at the University of Maine SciFinder Registration site.

  • Enter your University of Maine e-mail address when registering, even if you normally forward your e-mail to another account.
  • You should receive an e-mail message from a address within 30 minutes. Click the confirmation link within the message. Use a computer located on campus to complete this step successfully.
  • CAS registration hints and tips (PDF file)

Already registered? Begin using SciFinder.

Guides to Searching the Database


Contact the SciFinder Site Administrators for assistance: Nancy Curtis, 581-1679, Jim Bird, 581-1697, or Martin Wallace, 581-1678.

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Created by: Nancy Curtis | Revised: 05/01/2014
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