From the folks in Reference Services:

SDSU is currently switching from the client-based SciFinder Scholar to the Web-based SciFinder Web. This means that you will no longer need to download and install special software to access SciFinder. However you will need to go through a registration process to begin using the new SciFinder Web. Concurrent access to both interfaces will occur until June 11, 2010. On June 11 the client software will no longer be able to access SciFinder.

The registration process requires you to have an SDSU e-mail address (any address that includes will suffice). If you do not have an SDSU address, students can set one up using the WebPortal; faculty and staff need to go to the ETS Help Desk in the Love Library Student Computing Center.

Once you have a SDSU e-mail account, you can begin the registration process at This page also contains information on the additional features available in SciFinder Web. Information on training and documentation for SciFinder is available at

As before, there is a limit of 2 users, so off-campus access is not available. If you have any questions about SciFinder Web or the transition, please contact Anne Turhollow (Life Sciences Librarian and SDSU’s key contact for SciFinder); contact information is at