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CAS and the Council of Australian University Librarians Collaborate to Provide Unlimited SciFinder® Access to Academic Researchers

July  3rd,   2012

Faculty, staff, and students at 39 academic institutions now have convenient access to the world's best chemical information resource 

Columbus, Ohio (July 3, 2012) -- Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), the world's authority for chemical information, announced today that it has signed an agreement with the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) for unlimited access to SciFinder.  CAUL comprises 39 academic institutions in Australia, including the University of Melbourne, Australian National University and the University of Sydney.

SciFinder is the proprietary search and analysis tool for CAS databases, the largest, most complete collection of disclosed chemistry and related scientific research, including more than 67 million chemical substances and 56 million reactions from patents, journals, web publications, and other reputable sources.  

"This is an excellent agreement which builds on a strong relationship developed over 13 years" said Andrew Wells, Convenor of CAUL's Electronic Information Resources Advisory Committee. "I am particularly pleased to see a new access model enabling university libraries of all sizes to benefit from unlimited use of this premier scientific resource. The agreement has been very positively received across the spectrum of our member organizations".

SciFinder is the preferred source of chemical information for scientists around the globe. With unlimited access, SciFinder is available to researchers in chemistry departments, as well as those in other science departments throughout a university, including biochemistry, biology and related biosciences, pharmacy and pharmacology, forensics, physics, medical and dental, biomedical engineering and material science.

"CAS is proud to support the important research efforts of respected academic institutions, like the members of CAUL, with access to the best chemical information available," said Chris McCue, vice president of marketing at CAS. "CAUL joins consortia in the U.K., U.S., and other countries in ensuring that their researchers have the world's best chemical research tool at their command."

About CAS

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), a division of the American Chemical Society, is the world's authority for chemical information. CAS is the only organization in the world whose objective is to find, collect and organize all publicly disclosed substance information. A team of scientists worldwide curates and controls the quality of our databases, which are recognized as the most comprehensive and authoritative by chemical and pharmaceutical companies, universities, government organizations and patent offices around the world. By combining these databases with advanced search and analysis technologies (SciFinder® and STN®), CAS delivers the most current, complete, secure and interlinked digital information environment for scientific discovery.

About CAUL

The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) comprises the university librarians or library directors of 39 Australian universities. Its mission is to support CAUL members in the achievement of their objectives, especially the provision of access to, and training in the use of, scholarly information, leadership in the management of information and contribution to the university experience. CAUL's Electronic Information Resources Consortium (CEIRC) works closely with scholarly publishers on behalf of CAUL's members.  The Council of New Zealand University Librarians (CONZUL) also participates in many CAUL activities, including CEIRC.

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