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Chemistry*: SciFinder: Registration & FAQ

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 Some users will see 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.

ChemDraw - SciFinder Direct Linking

A new feature of ChemDraw Professional is the ability to directly link from ChemDraw into SciFinder. This new direct link will automatically copy and search the structure and/or reaction you have drawn in ChemDraw.

SciFinder at USC operates off of a proxy server. Therefore, you will need to manually tweak some settings to make the direct linking work with your USC credentials. You will find below a link to a SciFinder tutorial on configuring your proxy settings. You can skip steps 1-3 and copy and paste this URL for step 5:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Michael.