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Chem 300: Analytical Chemistry (Fall 2015): SciFinder

Using SciFinder

SciFinder is a powerful database tool geared toward chemists and other chemical related fields (chemical engineering, petroleum engineering, biochemistry, etc.). SciFinder allows a user to not only search by topic or keyword, but also by chemical structure, reaction scheme, and a range of chemical properties.

SciFinder combines many of the best aspects of different resources covered in general chemistry, organic chemistry, and in this course. You will be learning and trying out a general overview of what SciFinder can do. If you are interested in getting more in-depth instruction on how to use SciFinder, contact the librarian listed on the Home tab.

If you do not have a SciFinder account (separate from your USC login), then first register using the link on the right. If you have a SciFinder account, click the link below and refer to part 1 of your assignment for more details.

SciFinder User Registration

Registration for SciFinder is currently open to current USC students, faculty, and staff. You must use your USC email address to register. No other email address will be recognized by the system.

Please use the link below to go to SciFinder registration.

SciFinder FAQ

Q: I'm having issues accessing SciFinder from off-campus and/or on the USC Wireless, what should I do?
A: Most users are able to access SciFinder via the proxy server. Log into the proxy server by following this link: SciFinder@USC. Then sign into SciFinder with your username and password.

Some users are reporting issues with using just the proxy server to access SciFinder. Please follow these steps:
1. Log into USC's VPN. Information can be found on the ITS Website.
2. Then log into SciFinder.

Q: Why can't I access SciFinder on Saturday morning?
A: Often the SciFinder database is down on weekends mornings for updating. Try again later in the day.

Q: Is there a specific web browser I should use?
A: SciFinder works well on Firefox. Internet Explorer and Google Chrome have had problems.

Q: When I try to sign up for a SciFinder account, the user registration page says I have an "Unauthorized IP Address." What do I do?
A: USC Libraries uses a proxy server for our authentication services. In the URL, you may see scifinder.cas.org.libproxy1.usc.edu. Some users will see libproxy2.usc.edu. First try changing the 2 to a 1. If that doesn't work, try using the USC VPN and then clicking on the registration link again. If you are still unable to access SciFinder registration, please contact the librarian listed on the main page.