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SciFinder Access & Support Guide

Welcome to the UB Libraries SciFinder registration page. To access SciFinder, individual user registration is required which is separate from your UBIT name and password. SciFinder provides access to six major databases from Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) and the National Library of Medicine's MEDLINE. See our SciFinder product description page for general information about searching the database, once you have registered.

This product is provided for academic research to current authorized University at Buffalo faculty, students and staff only. Please review the license terms.

How to Register in order to Access SciFinder

Step 1- Access the UB/CAS SciFinder Registration Site.

The registration site provides a confidential URL that must not be shared with any non-UB affiliated person. To access the registration site, you must be a current authorized University at Buffalo faculty, student or staff member and have a UBIT Name and password.

Note: If you used SciFinder at a previous institution, you must re-register using your email.

When prompted, in the "User Name:" field, enter AD\ and your UBITname. ( You must include AD\ or it will not let you proceeed). In the "Password:" field enter your UBIT password. See example below:

Step 2- Create Your Account.

Once you're at the UB/CAS SciFinder Registration Site, register your name, address, UB e-mail account ( You will be asked to create your own user name and password that is separate from your UBIT name and password, although you may choose to use your UBIT name and password, should you wish and you have a sufficiently secure password that meets CAS standards. Your user name and password must be kept completely confidential and not shared with any other person, UB-affiliated or not.

Step 3- Access SciFinder Web.

Once you're registered, you can access the SciFinder database and sign in.

License Terms - Permitted Use

1) You must be a current faculty or administrative staff member, or officially registered student of the University.

2) You must use SciFinder only for your own academic research done in the course of pursuing your degree, or in instructing your students, or, in the course of your own research funded by the government or a non-profit foundation and intended for publication in the publicly available literature.

3) You must NOT use SciFinder for commercial research, for example, research that is done under a funding or consultant contract where the results are delivered to a for-profit organization, or for research that involves patentability searching. If you require SciFinder for commercial purposes, you must have the search done using a commercial account by contacting the librarian responsible for chemistry searches on campus, by contacting CAS and having them perform a search for you, or by acquiring and using the commercial SciFinder product.

4) You must use your search results in the ordinary course of academic research and acknowledge that you may store search results in electronic form for the duration of research projects, provided that at any one time, you store no more than 5,000 records. You may share search results in a limited, reasonable way with other University students or faculty working on the same project. You must delete stored records when you no longer need them for the relevant research project, or after the completion of your degree program, whichever occurs first. If you need to use search results beyond what is described here, you will contact your University Key Contact to discuss and to obtain CAS permission. You must ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO DISTRIBUTE ANY CAS DATA OR SCIFINDER, FOR COMMERCIAL GAIN OR OTHERWISE, OUTSIDE THE UNIVERSITY OR TO THIRD PARTIES.

5) You must acknowledge that the University has entered into a license agreement with CAS to provide yourself with access to SciFinder, and that violation of the license by any user could result in a termination of the license for all users.

6) You will contact the University Libraries' Key Contact (A. Ben Wagner) with any questions related to the use of SciFinder.