Accessing SciFinder-Scholar

SciFinder_logoSciFinder Scholar provides online access to Chemical Abstracts (1907-present) and other chemical databases. It includes indexing for chemical journals, patents, chemical substances, and chemical reactions. 


How to Register for SciFinder Scholar (Penn State students/faculty/staff only):

  1. Access the SciFinder Registration Link located here. For A Step by Step Walkthrough of this process visit this page
  2. After Clicking Next and Accepting the User Agreement, enter all contact information. Be sure to use your Penn State e-mail as your contact email. Create a username and password that is different from your Penn State User ID and password.
  3. After clicking Register, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. Click the link attached to this email and the registration process will be complete.
  4. Once you have completed your registration you can access SciFinder Scholar @
If you are not affiliated with Penn State, you can go to to get information on how to subscribe to SciFinder Scholar.

Accessing SciFinder-Scholar Off-Campus:

  1. Download AnyConnect by opening the following link to Penn State Software.
  2. Enter your Penn State credentials.
  3. Under the section Connecting to Penn State, click on VPN-Virtual Private Network (AnyConnect) and download the file that pertains to which system you run (Windows, Macintosh, or Unix/Linux).
  4. After the download of the VPN is complete, you can access SciFinder-Scholar from off-campus locations.