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Materials Science: Reference Sources


Reference Works

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Dictionaries, encyclopedias... & other finding aids for Material Science & Engineering
Note: LL = Langson Library, SL = Science Library, Ref = Reference Collections

Migration to SciFinder-n beginning June 16, 2020

  • We will have both versions, SciFinder-N and SciFinder Classic. CAS has not yet set a sunset date for old SciFinder.
  • We don’t need to do anything different with our registration links. SciFinder accounts will work with both versions, even though SciFinder-N isn’t mentioned on the actual registration pages at CAS. You will need to transfer the "Keep Me Posted" alerts manually because they will not transfer over automatically.
  • Anyone who has a SciFinder account now can go to and login.

Updated: Mitchell Brown (June 9, 2020)   contact at

SciFinder Scholar

What is SciFinder Scholar?
SciFinder Scholar Tutorial
A series of tutorials for searching SciFinder Scholar (SFS) provide hands-on practice using SciFinder Scholar to locate information to answer questions commonly encountered in General chemistry, Biology, and Chemical Engineering courses.
Who May Use Scifinder Scholar?
Access to SciFinder Scholar is available to University of California faculty, students, and staff only.

In accordance with the California Digital Library's licensing agreement with Chemical Abstracts Service, access to SciFinder Scholar is available to University of California faculty, students, and staff only. Up to 28 users may access SciFinder Scholar at a time throughout the UC system. Please logout of SciFinder Scholar when you are done to allow access by other users.
How to get the software to access SciFinder Scholar?
SciFinder Scholar client software must be installed on your computer in order to use the SciFinder Scholar database. The client software has already been installed on the Science Library computers mentioned below. Do not attempt to download the software in the Library. To install the client software on a computer outside the Library, follow the instructions provided by the California Digital Library. You must consent to the user agreement for the Windows or Macintosh version first.
How do I access Scifinder Scholar from within or outside of the UC Irvine Libraries?
How to configure software VPN for off-campus use.
  • Access within the UC Irvine Libraries
    SciFinder Scholar is available to University of California faculty, students, and staff in the UC Irvine Science Library at the following locations:

    The Reference Room on 2nd Floor, public access computers (PCs only). Please ask and show your University of California ID to a staff member who will click on the SciFinder icon on the computer desktop and enter a password.  UCI faculty, students, and staff may use SciFinder in the Interactive Learning Center.

    The Interactive Learning Center (ILC), 1st Floor (PCs and Macs are available). UCI faculty, students, and staff may use ILC computers during all hours the Science Library is open. On the computer desktop, go to the Start Menu, scroll up to Programs and click on SciFinder Scholar.
  • Access from outside the UC Irvine Libraries
    SciFinder Scholar is also available to UCI faculty, students, and staff outside the UC Irvine Libraries. You must install the client software on your computer first using instructions provided by the California Digital Library. Please read carefully the Chemical Abstracts User Agreement for SciFinder Scholar, required before downloading client software for Windows or Macintosh operating systems.

    SciFinder Scholar can be accessed from a computer connected to the campus network, or via VPN Client Software. SciFinder Scholar is not available through the UCI WebVPN service.
How to install software to access SciFinder Scholar/Chemical Abstracts?
Client software limited to affiliated UC Irivne users.
  • SciFinder Scholar (Download the latest Software Clients)
    SciFinder Scholar requires client software for either Apple Macintosh or MS Windows. This software provides simple point and click access to the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) databases including Chemical Abstracts, Registry, CASREACT, CHEMCATS, CHEMLIST, MEDLINE and OLD MEDLINE databases.
Troubleshooting common problems installing SciFinder Scholar
Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) is unable to establish a session usually when the "site.prf" file is not installed in the same folder as the SciFinder Scholar file, or the "site.prf" file may have been downloaded and installed correctly, but it has not been expanded. There are two files which need to be downloaded. Take a look again at the download instructions on the SciFinder Scholar webpage.

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Julia Gelfand
Office: Science Library 228

Phone: 949-824-4971