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SciFinder Search Tips
- Searches title, abstract, and subject indexing
- Terms entered are supplemented by internal synonyms. These additions are incomplete: freeze dried or fang will not retrieve all of the references brought up by freeze drying or tooth.
- American spelling is supplemented by British spelling (and vice versa): sulfur will retrieve sulphur
- SciFinder applies automatic but imperfect truncation to search terms
- "Closely associated" terms appear in title, in same sentence, or in same index term.
- Some alternative spellings are provided if you cannot enter special characters like umlauts: Mueller will retrieve Müller
- Only the first author's address is indexed
- A "company" could be a university, government agency, or nonprofit organization
- Mergers, acquisitions, etc. are not linked, so searching for a parent company will not retrieve everything published by a subsidiary
- Use pre-drawn structures whenever possible: click through from a Substance Identifier search, or import from a .cxf or .mol file
- "Exact Structure" searches retrieve isotopes, stereoisomers, tautomers (including keto-enol), polymers, mixtures, salts, charged compounds, radicals or radical ions, and coordination compounds
- Identifiers include common names, trade names, and chemical names (you must keep track of changes in nomenclature rules over time)
- CAS Registry Numbers ("CAS RNs") are highly specific:
- An element, its ion(s), and isotopes may have different RNs.
- Stereoisomersmay have different RNs.
- Crystal structures may have different RNs.
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