SciFinder-n is a science database that Union subscribes to. As Union students and employees, you can access SciFinder-n. When using SciFinder, you will need to create an account using your Union email and password. This account must be made using one of the Union Library’s computers. Once you have made your account, you can access the database from anywhere by using the link on the Databases, E-Books, and Media quick link from the library’s home page.
SciFinder-n is a great database for science students and professors, especially those in chemistry and pharmacy. Previously, Union only subscribed to SciFinder; now, we subscribe to SciFinder-n, which has some additional features and uses more up-to-date technology. Since you have an account, you can create email notifications when new results become available for your search terms. You can also save your search or specific results, so you don’t keep repeating the same search over and over.
In SciFinder-n, you can search using keywords, CAS numbers, and patent numbers. You can also create searches for substances and reactions or search suppliers and references. In SciFinder-n, you no longer need Flash in order to create substances when you use the draw search feature. Take some time to play around with the draw tool; it can be a challenge, but I felt accomplished when I got the structure drawn correctly. SciFinder-n offers tutorials for using the draw tool, if you need assistance. Research Coaches are also available to help you with using SciFinder-n and research in general.
One final highlight of SciFinder-n is the reaction feature, which shows you what reactions would look like as well as how to build certain compounds. SciFinder-n will provide information about suppliers and cost of supplies for making a compound. You can also find full patent information about the compound.