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 unique username/password. You'll need to login with this username/password 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 have to authenticate with your SMU username and password to proceed to the registration form.
  2. Review the instructions for creating the unique 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 (check 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 unique username/password.

If you have any issues accessing this database, please clear the cookies/cache from your browser and reattempt. If that does not solve the problem, Ask Us.

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.