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At the beginning of the fall semester, MSU Libraries released the Web version of SciFinder Scholar, which provides access to Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) databases, including Chemical Abstracts, CAS Registry, CASREACT, CHEMCATS, and CHEMLIST. While we continue providing access to the locally installed client version of the software, we have been exploring the new features of the Web interface of SciFinder, its advantages and disadvantages, in order to better serve our patrons.

Compared to the existing client version, the new web-based platform has many valuable enhancements. In addition to providing access from anywhere you have web access, the Web version has a number of other compelling highlights, including:

  • Search and navigation features are brought upfront to the search interface.
  • Direct link to data. Links to full-text articles are readily available.
  • Ability to retrieve similar reactions and sort reaction answers by similarity.
  • Sort substance records by number of literature references.
  • Ability to perform quick search from reaction. Such search could only be conducted from Reaction Detail in the old client version.
  • Ability to search both literature and patent information at the same time.
  • Export physical property data to Microsoft Excel.
  • Tag references with user-defined descriptive terms and references can be searched by tag.
  • “Keep Me Posted” feature allows researchers to set up alerts for newest references of interest.
  • Add comments and project information to specific references for sharing insights with colleagues.
  • Search for references by linked CAS roles.

The Web version of SciFinder covers the majority of the features of the client version, with only a few client features not yet available. These features include analyzing substance records by ring skeletons, stereo configuration, and R-group composition.

The MSU Libraries will continue to provide access to both the client and web versions of SciFinder Scholar.

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