1. Think about the kind of information you need to find to determine what kind of search tool and/or source would be appropriate. Here are some general guidelines:
2. Check your spelling. Most library databases do not suggest spelling corrections.
3. Ask for help. Your instructor or your librarian can give you some additional suggestions.
Limited Use: WSU faculty, staff, and students only
SciFinder-n provides access to chemical literature and patents through the following databases: Chemical Abstracts PLUS, the CAS Registry File, CASREACT and MEDLINE. Besides providing comprehensive coverage of chemical literature, the database also includes the literature of related fields such as biochemistry, geochemistry, environmental science, and toxicology. The SciFinder-n interface allows searching by several chemistry-specific parameters, including retrosynthesis planning, structure (with ChemDoodle integration), chemical substance, chemical reaction, CAS registry number, and functional groups.
CAS requires all SciFinder-n users to abide by special terms and conditions. Please review these requirements carefully when creating a SciFinder-n account.
Complete a one-time registration form to create your own user name and password. You will then be able to use SciFinder-n both on and off campus.
Google can be a great place to start your search for free information. Google Scholar helps you find scholarly information that may or may not be free. WSU Libraries pays for you to have access to many of the fee-based articles that you find in Google Scholar.