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SciFinder-n and SciFinder

Overview of SciFinder-n, SciFinder, registration instructions, and registration for Web version.

SciFinder Description

SciFinder-n (older version: SciFinder) is our main chemistry database. You need to register first before being able to use.

SciFinder-n (older version: SciFinder) is a comprehensive chemistry database that includes journal articles, abstracts, and other files. It can be searched by author, research topic, chemical substance, patent number, structure drawing, and more. For search help, check out the SciFinder-n Training Materials and SciFinder Training Materials or contact Megan Toups, STEM Librarian.

If you have been using SciFinder and need to migrate your saved answers and alerts to SciFinder-n, you can use this document to help you through the process.

Additional information about SciFinder-n and SciFinder can be found in this useful guide

SciFinder Web Access

After self-registering for your username and password (see box below), you may access SciFinder or SciFinder-n from any of the following options, both on campus and off campus.

Link directly to SciFinder - Username and Password required.

Link directly to SciFinder-n - Username and Password required.

  • Web version has a 20 minute time-out.
  • Creating a personal username and password is required.
  • Please remember to click Sign Out when you are finished.
  • Closing the browser or turning off the computer will NOT log you off.

If SciFinder is busy, please try back.

Obtaining a Username and Password

Please be aware of and follow the appropriate use of SciFinder permitted by our license.

If you have problems registering please contact Megan Toups at


Self-registering for your username and password

  1. Go to SciFinder Registration from a SLU IP address (on campus) or to SciFinder Registration from off-campus.
  2. Click on the Registration URL.
  3. A Welcome message will display.
  4. Click Next to begin self-registration.
  5. Use your SLU email address when registering.

Username and Password requirements


Minimum of 5 characters and a maximum of 15 characters.

Must be unique - another user cannot have selected it.

Can be all letters, but it may also contain numbers and these special characters:  dash (-); underscore (_); period (.); and/or at symbol (@).


Minimum of 7 characters and a maximum of 15 characters.

At least two (2) characters must be different from your username. 

Password must include at least three (3) of the following.

  • Lowercase letters
  • Mixed upper and lowercase letters
  • Numbers
  • Special characters (e.g., @, #, %, &, *)

Technical Requirements

Supported Operating Systems, Browsers, and versions

Browser FireFox Chrome Internet Explorer Safari
Operating System        
Windows 10 60 (ESR) and 65 or higher 63 and higher 11  
Windows 8.1 60 (ESR) and 65 or higher 63 and higher 11  
Windows 7 60 (ESR) and 65 or higher 63 and higher 11  
Mac OS 10.12 and higher 60 (ESR) and 65 or higher 63 and higher   11 and higher

JavaScript and cookies must be enabled.

Pop-up blockers must be turned off or you may add the following sites to your "pop-ups" allowed list.


For additional recommendations including structure editor requirements, see SciFinder System Recommendations and Requirements.

Appropriate Use

1.  SciFinder and SciFinder-n may be used by current faculty, administrative staff, and registered students at SLU.  Alumni are not eligible for access.

2.  Allowed Uses

  • Academic research
  • Teaching
  • Publication

3.  Prohibited Uses

  • Any commercial use
  • Patentability research
  • Any research done with the intention of delivering results outside of SLU