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Chemistry: Scifinder database

For new undergrads, transfer students this guide provides links to resources concerning chemical safety, ethics, database searching, acs citation and careers.

Registration Link and Database Links

Chemical Abstracts Service(CAS) Databases descriptions

Direct access URL to SciFinder: http://library.rit.edu/eres/scifinder

Registration required for first time users. Register through the library's databases webpage.


CAplus, contains more than 45 million chemistry and chemistry related research records categorized in 80 sections, with references in: All areas of biochemistry

  • Agrochemical regulators
  • Biochemical genetics
  • Fermentation
  • Immunochemistry
  • Pharmacology

All areas of organic chemistry

  • Amino acids
  • Biomolecules
  • Carbohydrates
  • Organometallic compounds
  • Steroids

All areas of macromolecular chemistry

  • Cellulose, lignin, paper
  • Coatings, inks
  • Dyes, organic pigments
  • Synthetic elastomers
  • Textiles, fibers

All areas of applied chemistry

  • Air pollution
  • Ceramics
  • Essential oils, cosmetics
  • Fossil fuels
  • Ferrous metals, alloys

All areas of physical, inorganic, analytical chemistry

  • Surface chemistry
  • Catalysts
  • Phase equilibrium
  • Nuclear phenomena
  • Electrochemistry



  • 1840 to the present
  • CASREACT contains reaction information from the millions of published journal articles and patent documents selected for inclusion in Chemical AbstractsTM (CA).
  • Access precise, dependable, and timely information on synthetic organic research, including organometallics, total syntheses of natural products and biotransformation reactions.
  • Find information concerning reaction conditions, yields and catalysts.
  • Answer questions such as:
    - Different reactions producing the same product
    - Uses or applications of a particular catalyst
    - Various ways to carry out specific functional group transformations


CASREACT®, produced by CAS, contains:

  • More than 84.2 million single- and multi-step reactions -- available with SciFinder and on STN
  • More than 14.2 million additional synthetic preparations available with SciFinder

 CAS Registry Numbers (often referred to as CAS RN® or CAS Numbers) are universally used to provide a unique, unmistakable identifier for chemical substances. A CAS Registry Number itself has no inherent chemical significance but provides an unambiguous way to identify a chemical substance or molecular structure when there are many possible systematic, generic, proprietary or trivial names.

CAS Registry Numbers are used in many other public and private databases as well as chemical inventory listings and, of course, are included in all CAS-produced databases.

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