SMU Libraries

SMU Access to SciFinder / PatentPak

Who can use SciFinder / PatentPak:
SciFinder is restricted to SMU students, faculty, and staff. Unlike most of our other electronic resources, there is no walk-in access available for visitors on any library computer.
About SciFinder / PatentPak:
SciFinder is the most comprehensive database for the chemical literature, indexing journal articles and patent records, chemical substances and reactions. It is a core research tool for chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, nanotechnology, physics, environmental science and other science and engineering disciplines.

For 1st Time Users:

SciFinder Web requires a one-time registration and creation of a username/password. You'll need to login with this information each time you use SciFinder Web. If you had a SciFinder account at another institution, you will need to re-register with a new username.

  1. Please visit this page. You will need to do this from a computer on-campus or using VPN.
    You will have to authenticate with your SMU username and password to proceed to the registration form.
  2. Review the instructions for creating the username/password, then click the registration link at the end of the form.
    You must register with your SMU email address.
  3. You will receive a confirmation email (which may go to your spam folder). Click the link in the email message to complete the registration.

For Registered Users:

To use SciFinder, go to and login with your individual username/password.

For additional help using SciFinder:

SciFinder Web e-Tutorials, How To Guides, and Strategies (Intermediate)

  • Over 20 recorded tutorials on reference, reaction, structure and substructure searching in SciFinder Web
  • PDF guides for SciFinder Web, including search and working with reference, substance and reaction answer sets: analyze, refine, combine, categorize, print/save/export
  • Intermediate guides for small-molecule searching, synthetic chemistry and polymer chemistry

Recorded e-Seminars
Pre-recorded and upcoming seminars.