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SciFinder - Video Tutorials

SciFinder, a key database for chemistry researchers, can be challenging to use. Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) has several short (> 5 min) tutorials through their website that you may find helpful. 

Basic Search functions Search by Chemical Structure - Unlike other scholarly databases (like Web of Science) where you can only search by keywords, in SciFinder, you can also search by drawing a chemical structure Search for Chemical Reactions - You can also search by chemical reactions  Search for Patents - Unlike other scholarly databases (like Web of Science), SciFinder contains patents (look for the purple PatentPak logo under the reference title on the search results page). When searching for patents by chemical structure, you should search by Markush structure, which is a generic chemical structure used in patents, rather than the exact chemical structure. 
Contact Kris Condic (salomon@oakland.edu), librarian for chemistry, with any questions about SciFinder!

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