SciFinder includes journal articles and patent documents; substance information from the CAS REGISTRY, including experimental and predicted properties; single- and multi-step reactions information; commercial sources for substances; regulated chemicals information; and Markush Search. First time users to SciFinder must set up their account using the SciFinder: FIRST TIME USERS link, then use the SciFinder: RETURNING USERS link.
If the library doesn't have the article you need, fill out an Interlibrary Loan request and we'll get it for you. And yes, this is free for students!
2. Need the article right away? There may be a free copy online. Use the following tools to find out. (Note that these may be pre-prints and not the final version of an article as it was published in the journal.)
Endnote Click is a browser plugin that finds the best available PDF of an academic article while you browse. Behind the scenes EndNote Click will search open databases and (where possible) your university's subscriptions to find the best version of the paper for you.
Find out which university the article's author is affiliated with, then check that university's library website to see they have an institutional repository. You can search the institutional repository to see if the author submitted their work to it.
Academic Social Networks
Sometimes, researchers may post copies of their work on academic social networks such as ResearchGate.net or Academia.edu.