Thursday, February 15, 2007

SciFinder Scholar

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An online research tool accessible at Ball State University only in the Science-Health Science Library.

As it says below, SciFinder Scholar concentrates on chemistry literature but also connects with Medline and is SFX-enabled which means researchers from biology, physiology, and other areas can benefit from its robust system- here are a few examples :


  • Physiologists here at Ball State have used it in researching renal ischemia in rats and gill imaging in water fleas.

  • A nutrionist has used it to research tannins and their effects on stress.

  • PhD students in the Human Performance Laboratory area have used it to research diabetes.

SciFinder Scholar - Chemistry Plus More

A user-friendly online tool for accessing more than 22 million indexed and summarized articles (many full-text) from more than 40,000 scientific journals, patents from around the world, conference proceedings, reviews, books, and other documents from chemistry, physiology, medicine, agriculture, and other fields.

The producer of SciFinder Scholar, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), has indexed chemistry articles since 1907 along with other information about substances, authors, companies, topics, etc. In addition, library users can now search by chemical structure with SciFinder’s draw component and receive notification of full-text versions of articles referenced therein. SciFinder Scholar accesses six online databases: CAplus, MedLine, REGISTRY, CASREACT, CHEMCATS, & CHEMLIST.



More Information

Find more information about CAS and SciFinder Scholar at the

CAS website

and from the

University Libraries Databases page.



Tips for using SciFinder Scholar.


  • Ball State does not subscribe to every journal found through SciFinder.
    Search CardCat to see if the University Libraries owns a title·

  • Not all articles referenced have full-text availability- in fact, many do not. Some that signify full-text availability may require an additional fee or password to access·

  • Bring a storage device (a USB flash memory device or blank CD)- SciFinder searches can generate large amounts of data.