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SciFinder: Home

Search a comprehensive collection of published scientific research in the chemistry, engineering and bioscience fields by author name, research topic, substance identifier, chemical structure, or chemical reaction.

Access Conditions

The use of SciFinder is limited to the University of Louisville students, staff and faculty. It is also limited to educational and not-for-profit research purposes.  Scifinder will time out of the session if it is inactive for 20 minutes.

Documentation and Tutorials

SciFinder Help Pages: Can be launched from within SciFinder with the Help button, or follow this link.

SciFinder Resources: Descriptions of search features, searching instructions, and training. See also the Educational Support pages.

Hours of operation

The operating hours for SciFinder are Sunday 1:00 AM until Saturday 10:00 PM.

On the first Saturday of each month, SciFinder will only be available until 5:00 PM and will not be accessible again until 1:00 PM the following day (Sunday).

All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Sign up for a SciFinder Account


Accessing the Web Version of SciFinder

Recommended web browsers:

  1. Microsoft Internet Explorer, Versions 6.x and 7.x
  2. Mozilla FirefoxTM, Version 2.0 and 3.0
  3. Apple SafariTM 3.0 and 3.1

JavaScriptTM, JavaTM, and cookies must be enabled. Java runtime environment (JRE) is needed for structure drawing.

Additional browser-related information is available in the SciFinder FAQ from the SciFinder help files.

Accessing the Mobile Version of SciFinder

  1. Log into your SciFinder account and enable the Mobile version first. 
  2. Access the mobile version.


The University of Louisville now subscribes to SciFinder-n, which has a separate log-in page. You still need to sign-up for a SciFinder account to access SciFinder-n.

Access SciFinder-n here.


If you have any questions about signing up for a SciFinder account or using the web-based client please contact Sarah Drerup.

More information on SciFinder, or see the Documentation section included on this page.

Database Description

Topics: Chemistry, engineering, health sciences, biology, technology
Coverage: 1907 to the present; updated daily
Formats: Journal articles, patents, conference papers and proceedings, registry records, chemical substance data
Truncation: *
Availability: Faculty, student and staff of UofL while on UofL Campuses
Producer: Chemical Abstracts Service
Vendor: Chemical Abstracts Service

Subject Librarian


Sarah Drerup

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