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SciFinder: Explore References

Searching by Topic

To search for a topic, select the Explore References icon:


Develop a Search

  • Use plain English to describe your topic. SciFinder will parse it into different concepts.
    • Ex. "tyrosine kinase inhibitors in the treatment of cancer"
    • If you get only a few results, try rewording your search or switching words around.
  • SciFinder will find plurals, words with the same root, and many synonyms for you. Typing "inhibitor" will also find "inhibitors".
  • To search for less obvious synonyms, include them in parentheses.
    • Ex. "I am interested in the milk production of cows (bovines)"
  • Don't use "and" if a preposition would be more exact.
    • Ex. "tyrosine kinase inhibitors in the treatment of cancer" is better than "tyrosine kinase inhibitors and cancer treatment"
  • Don't use quotation marks to search for an exact phrase unless you're getting the wrong results; SciFinder Scholar usually recgonizes phrases as a single concept.
Get References

Research Topic Candidates results. The first two choices, described below, are selected with checkboxes.
  • The Research Topic Candidates shows the research topics SciFinder identified in the search and displays how many results are found with different combinations.
  • In general, select the first one or two lines. Check how many references are found for each; if many references are found for the first result or very few references are found for most of them, you may want to broaden or narrow your research topic.
    • The first result is the search phrase exactly as entered. This will often return only a few results.
    • The second result has the two research topics ("conformation change" and "protein folding") closely associated to each other: in the same sentence, appearing close to each other in the abstract, etc. This and the first result will usually give the most relevant results.
    • The third result has the two topics anywhere in the reference. This is often too broad, returning papers where the two topics aren't related to each other.
    • The fourth and fifth results contain only one of the two topics. These are only useful if your search is so narrow that few or no results are found with the two together.

Finding a Specific Paper or Author

Find a Paper by Title

Select Journal on the right-hand side, and enter the article title in the Title Word(s) search box. If the title uses very common words, you may have to include an Author Name or Journal Name.

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Find Papers by an Author

Select Author Name on the left-hand side and enter the author's name into the search boxes. To find all works by an author, make sure to check for all variations of first/middle names and initials (ex. JJ Yang, Jenny J Yang, J Yang).

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Find a Paper by DOI

Select Document Identifier on the left-hand side and enter one or more DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) in the box, one per line.

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