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Accessing SciFinder

Return Users: SciFinder or SciFinder-n (new platform, same login account)

New Users: Go to the SciFinder Registration Form and use your University of Portland email address to set up an account.

Use Restrictions and Availability

Use of SciFinder or SciFinder-n is restricted to current UP students, faculty and staff and is limited to academic research, teaching and publication purposes only.

SciFinder is available from on campus or off campus. However, a onetime registration is required before you can use it.

SciFinder Help



Questions about using SciFinder or SciFinder-n can be directed to Diane Sotak, Liaison Librarian for Chemistry.

Pro Tips for SciFinder

  • Make sure pop-ups are enabled to see the options for connecting to full text. If your browser is blocking them, you will have trouble downloading PDFs and connecting to the UP catalog. (Short "how to" videos: Firefox | Chrome)

  • Once you find an article in SciFinder, choose "Link to Other Sources" to connect to the article or to a place where you can request the article if UP doesn't have access.

  • If you are exploring reactions and not finding the one you want, try assigning "any role" to the chemicals in the reaction instead of assigning a specific role. 

  • If you are exploring substances using the draw editor and are told that your structure contains fragments, zoom out and make sure you don't have any stray atoms or molecules lingering apart from your structure. 

  • More info on using SciFinder Scholar

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