SciFinder® is a database focused on the literature in chemistry. It is produced and published by CAS: Chemical Abstracts Service, a division of the American Chemical Society. CAS has, as its objective, "to find, collect and organize all publicly disclosed chemical substance information."
What is contained in SciFinder?
SciFinder® is a database of databases, seven to be specific:
- CASRegistry focused on substances, including experimental property data, with indexing from the early 1800s and updated daily.
- CAPlus focused on literature, North American and international, from 10,000 active journals as well as other sources, dating back to the early 1800s and updated daily.
- CASREACT focused on both single- and multi-step reactions with indexing from 1840 onwards and updated daily.
These three databases emerged from the print predecessor to SciFinder®, namely Chemical Abstracts, and are core to SciFinder®. (Garritano, 2013)
- CHEMLIST focused on more than 308,000 regulated chemicals with indexing from 1980 onwards and updated weekly.
- CHEMCATS focused on suppliers of commercially available products with indexing from 2011; updated weekly.
- CIN focused on industry news (i.e., production, pricing, sales, facilities, products, processes, and corporate/government activities) with indexing from 1974 forwards; updated weekly.
- MARPAT focused on Markush structures from patent information indexed since 1988 and patents (generally) since 1961; updated daily.
Since the content grows on a daily basis, check CAS - Content at a Glance for the latest updates on numbers of records in each of the above sub-databases.
Why might you want to use SciFinder®?
You should choose SciFinder ®when you wish to:
- find journal literature and patent documents in aspects of chemistry and related scientific fields.
- identify a chemical substance.
- find information concerning reaction conditions, yields and catalysts.
- suppliers for different chemical substances.
- find regulatory information on different substances.
- seek current industry information in the field of chemistry.