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SciFinder: Navigating Results

Filtering Results

To narrow down results, use the options on the Analysis or Refine tabs on the right-hand toolbar. Available options depend on whether you've searched for references, substances, or reactions.

Use Analysis to choose from a category's most common results in your answer set and Refine to search for any value or range in a category. Note the different in Analyze by: Publication Year and Refine by: Publication Year:


Common Refinements

The Analysis and Refine options will be different based on what kind of search you've conducted: Reference, Substances, or Reactions. Listed below are some commonly-used options to narrow your serach down:

Reference

  • Author Name (Analysis, Refine): Search by, or select only references by, a particular author.
  • CA Concept Heading (Analysis):  Select only references with certain terms indicated as main concepts.
  • CAS Registry Number (Analysis): Select only references including a certain substance (identified by registry number).
  • Document Type (Analysis, Refine): Select only certain types of references (such as journal article, patent, review article). Note: Use Refine to select multiple types.
  • Index Term (Analysis): Select references indexed using certain descriptive terms.
  • Language (Analysis, Refine): Select only references in a certain language. Note: Use Refine to select multiple languages.
  • Publication Year (Analysis, Refine): Select references from a certain year or years. Note: Use Refine to choose a range of years (including a year to present) and Analysis to see during which years the most references were published.
  • Research Topic (Refine): Modify your search by adding more terms.

Substances

  • Atom Attachment (Refine): Select an attachment site and limit to the atom(s) you would like to see.
  • Chemical Structure (Refine): Modify your search in the structure editor or add limits (such as only substances that have references).
  • Commercial Availability (Analysis, Refine): Select only substances available or not available commercially.
  • Elements (Analysis): Select only substances that include a certain element.
  • Isotope-Containing (Refine): Select only substances that do or do not contain isotopes.
  • Reaction Availability (Analsis): Select only substances that are or are not referenced in a reaction.
  • Reference Availability (Refine): Select only substances that do or do not have references attached.
  • Substance Role (Analysis): Select only substances used in a role in their references (such as Preparation or Uses).

Reactions

  • Author Name (Analysis, Refine): Search by, or select only references by, a particular author.
  • Catalyst (Analysis): Select only reactions using a certain catalyst.
  • Document Type (Analysis, Refine): Select only certain types of references (such as journal article, patent, review article). Note: Use Refine to select multiple types.
  • Excluding Reaction Classification (Refine):  Select only reactions without certain classifications (such as biotransformation, electrochemical, and non-catalyzed).
  • Experimental Procedure (Analysis): Select only reactions that do or do not have an attached experimental procedure.
  • Language (Analysis): Select only references in a certain language.
  • Number of Steps (Analysis, Refine): Select only reactions that take a certain number of steps. Note: Use Refine to choose a number range.
  • Product Yield (Analysis, Refine): Select only reactions with a certain percentage product yield. Note: Use Refine to choose an upper and/or lower limit and Analysis to select ten-percent ranges.
  • Publication Year (Analysis): Select only reactions from a certain year.
  • Reaction Classification (Refine): Select only reactions with certain classifications (such as biotransformation, electrochemical, and non-catalyzed).
  • Reaction Structure (Refine): Modify your search in the reaction editor.
  • Solvent (Analysis): Select only reactions using a certain catalyst.  

Going from References to Reactions to Substances

Once you've searched for a reaction, a substance, or references, it's easy to look up either of the other two areas based on your results. Next to the name of the search, look for the Get References, Get Substances, or Get Reactions icons:

Before selecting a button, select the checkboxes next to the results for which you want to see reactions, substances, or references. If you don't select any, you can find them for all results; however, this may go over the 10,000 result limit. After choosing your results, select Get References, Get Reactions, or Get Substances. Depending on which option you choose, you'll be able to select options such as reaction role of the substance: 

Or type of study:

Downloading a Paper

Once you've found a relevant paper, you'll want to download it so you can read it. To download a paper, look for the Full Text icon. On the References or Reference results page, the Full Text link is next to the title:

If you're not sure whether or not a paper is relevant, you can also click on the paper title to read the abstract and other information about the paper. From there, use the Get Full Text icon at the top of the page:

All Full Text links will open a new window (make sure pop-ups are allowed on your browser). Sometimes the link will go directly to the article, but most of the time, you'll see the CAS Full Text Options. Always select FindIt@GSU, which will search our holdings to see if we have the paper electronically or in print. The links under Web-based document resources will sometimes prompt you to pay for articles we already own, unlike FindIt@GSU.

FindIt@GSU will take you to a page listing our holdings. If we have one or more electronic versions listed as Full Text Online, select any one to go directly to the article. From there, look for a Download PDF link to save the article. If the library doesn't own an online copy, select We may have a copy in print to search our catalog for a print version. If we own neither, you can use Interlibrary Loan to request a copy of the article.