SciFinder Scholar (Web version)

SciFinder, a resource from the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), is a curated database of chemical and bibliographic information that covers several scientific and biomedical fields, with an emphasis on chemistry. SciFinder is an appropriate resource to consult for literature searches and to find background information on chemicals, drugs, and substances. SciFinder contains a wide variety of content from journal articles to information on chemical structures, properties, and reactions.


This database is accessible within the Ghent University network. Login to your UGent-account, search for the database in our catalogue, click on "view online". You need a personal account to consult Scifinder: visit the Scifinder registration form, click on "Accept" and fill in the Registration InformationOnce registered go to to sign in.

Search Tips

With basic search, you can filter search results after conducting a search. Select your results and refine by: , , , ,

Advanced search allows you to choose more targeted search criteria before conducting a search.

More on search tips: Scifinder training (can be found under "Scifinder Help").


To export citations to EndNote: after you conduct a search, select your references by ticking their boxes. In the upper right corner of your screen: click on "Export". Select: Citation Manager: Citation export format (*.ris). Click on "Export". Answer the question "what should Firefox do with this file?": choose: "Open with EndNote ..." Click on "OK". Your quotes will now be saved in EndNote. Don't forget: in order to use EndNote via Athena, you also have to start all your other applications (browser Internet Explorer, Word, ....) via Athena.

Alerts & saving searches

You can create a "Keep Me Posted Alert" to find new literature citing your publication, and save answer sets. You can use the "SciPlanner workspace", where you can visually organize the substances, reactions, and references for a particular project.


CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) has a youtube-channel, where you can find tutorials about how to use Scifinder Scholar.

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Last modified Sept. 7, 2021, 2:03 p.m.