Answered By: Services *Research & Liaison
Last Updated: May 01, 2020     Views: 210

First, you must register for SciFinder:

To use SciFinder you need to be a current Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) faculty member, enrolled student, postdoctoral researcher, or staff member and requires that users register from a WUSTL IP address. 

1.  To register for a SciFinder account begin use this proxied link to get to the registration page: SciFinder Registration. When using this proxied link, you will have to log in with your WUSTL key before registering so SciFinder knows that you’re registering from a Washington University IP Address.  Proxied links like this allow for users to access University Subscriptions from off campus.  For additional information, you can check this guide on Off Campus Access.

2.  Register using your WUSTL email address.  After you submit the form, you will receive an email message with instructions for completing the registration process. 

3. After registering for SciFinder, you can either enter via VPN which SciFinder prefers or via proxy. Most students do not have access to a VPN through the university and should use the proxied link for access.

4. For proxy access, use this proxied link to access the SciFinder website: (it may be helpful to bookmark the link) and then use the login you created in step 2 to begin using the database. 

5. If you have trouble such as unable to load java, do try a different browser.  SciFinder appears to work better in Firefox.

6. If you have additional trouble registering to use SciFinder. please contact Chemical Abstracts Service at  They can reset your password and also make any other necessary changes to your registration information to aid with access.

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