Selection of important databases for chemistry, physics, and technology

Web of Science



Springer Materials

All MPG Databases


The FKF-internal ICSD service has been discontinued on Thursday, 26th April 2018.

Please use the FIZ internet ICSD service at instead.

MPI-FKF members can use the following link for access from outside of the institute:

ICSD via Shibboleth

You can also install a local ICSD instance on your workstation. The installer DVD can be obtained from R. Haunschild, IVS-CPT, 2M11.

Please consider subscribing to the mailing list icsd_fkf_users at:
Primarily, the mailing list is intended to disseminate new information regarding the ICSD database to the users. However, users should feel free to discuss topics related to the database on the mailing list.


Registration Form for SciFindern access via Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL)

Since June 2022, MPG researchers have access to SciFindern. Please see more information on the SciFindern page.

There is a mailing list for SciFinder users of the MPG (scifinder_mpg_users):

Although the primary goal of the mailing list is to disseminate new information about SciFinder, users should feel free to discuss topics related to SciFinder on the mailing list.

Since August 2016, all MPG researchers with SciFinder access have a new resource available: ChemZent (Chemisches Zentralblatt) 1830-1969

Currently, the STN databases (other than CAplus and Registry) are accessible only via service requests to the researchers in the information retrieval service group. CAplus and Registry are available via SciFinder.


New SciFindern online trainings by Dr. K. Faerber and team (13-15 May 2024) are open for registration:

The previous online trainings from May 2023 are available as recordings:

Detailed information regarding the trainings can be found here.

On-site hands-on-training sessions will be organized upon your request. Please contact


SciFinder Support Home

The bibliographic Database Chemical Abstract (CA) is one of the largest scientific databases covering a broad field of literature and patents stretching back to 1900. In addition to the chemical literature it covers physics, material science, biochemistry and genetics, as far as the documents are related to substances.

The separate compound file (REGISTRY) provides access to substances, their names, structures, and registry numbers. In addition proteins and nucleic acid data are indexed providing a unique environment for molecular biologists, e.g. for design of target molecules.

Navigation and retrieval in this complex set of databases is highly demanding. CAS introduced SciFinder, which "knows" a lot about complex issues in chemistry databases and provides an easy access even for non-chemists.


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