A world-class resource for high-level research in chemistry, SciFinder Scholar is getting even better for BGSU users.
Previously, SciFinder had to be accessed as computer software through the “Start” menu, and therefore was only available on certain computers on campus. Last year, CAS (publisher of the database) released a web-accessible version, and we migrated one of our two SciFinder seats to the web version in February 2010.
The web version is available from on or off campus, 24 hours a day. It has enhanced displays and structure searching. Users create individual accounts and can save answer sets, alerts, and preferences.
CAS is retiring the computer software later this year and all subscribers need to migrate to the web version. BGSU plans to migrate its second seat from the software to the web version on Monday, December 20, at 9:00am.
If you have been using the computer software version, you will need to register for the web version using your BGSU e-mail address. After you register, you will be able to access the web version through our Databases A-Z list or directly at https://scifinder.cas.org/.
Here’s how to register:
- Go the BGSU SciFinder registration page from on or off campus.
Note: you may get an error message indicating the connection is untrusted or that there is a problem with the website’s security certificate. This error message is caused by the library’s proxy software, which manages off-campus access. If you click through the message you will be redirected to the registration page. Click here for more information.
- Fill out the registration form. You must use your BGSU e mail address to register an account.
- Next, you will receive an e mail from firstname.lastname@example.org with a url that you must click in order to activate your account.
- After you have finished this activation process, you will be able to log in to SciFinder Web.
If you have saved answer set files saved to your computer (.sfr files), SciFinder has released a tool that allows you to convert them so they can be used with the web version. See http://www.cas.org/support/scifi/index.html.
You can view a demo of the web version of SciFinder at: