Introduction to Working with Search Results

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When a search is completed, you can view and filter the results, change the result display, retrieve related data, and keep/remove, combine with saved items, download, share, or save selected results.


Filter Results

You can focus the result set by applying filters. The result set changes dynamically as filters are applied or removed. (See Filter Substances, Filter Reactions, Filter References, or Filter Suppliers for information about the filters specific to each result type.)

Change Result Display

Select a View option to change how the results are displayed. For example, on the Substances page, the options are Full and Partial. The Partial view displays the substances in a grid with a minimum of data.






Retrieve Related Data

For example, on the Substances page, there are options to retrieve References, Reactions, and Suppliers for all or selected results.




Keep or Remove Results

Keep Selected Results: All unselected results removed.

Remove Selected Results: All selected results removed.


Combine with Saved Items

Combine Substance, Patent Markush, Reaction, or Reference results with saved results or a search.


Download Results

Click the Download icon _SFn_DownloadIcon.png to download all, selected, or a range of results:

Share Results by Email

Click the Save button, and then select Share Results to send results to a colleague via email. If no results are explicitly selected, the entire result set is shared. The person who receives the email must log in to CAS SciFinder to view the results.


Save Search and Selected Results

To save results/search and create an alert:

  1. Click the Save button and then select Save and Alert.

  2. Name the saved result set/search.

  3. Search Options:

    • If there are selected results, you have the option to save:

      • Query Only

      • Only Selected Answers (preselected)

      • All Answers (Up to 20,000)

    • If there are no selected results, you have the option to save:

      • Query Only

      • All Answers (Up to 20,000)


  4. Add Existing Tags (Optional): You may also add an existing tag or create a new one:

    • Check a box to add a tag; uncheck a box to delete a tag.

    • To create a new tag, enter text in the New Tag field. You may select a color to assign it to the tag.



        • Tags names are not case sensitive; for example, if you have existing tag named "For Review" that uses green, attempting to create new tag named "for review" with the same color just applies the existing "For Review" tag.

        • Naming a tag using an existing tag name but different color creates a new tag.

  5. Alerts (Optional):

    1. Click the Alerts toggle.


    2. Under Frequency, select whether to receive optional As Available (new content added), Weekly, or Monthly email alerts of new results that match the search being saved.

    3. In the Add Email(s) field, add any additional email addresses you'd like to receive alerts.

  6. Click the Save button.


The saved results/search will appear on the Your Saved Items page with any alert settings and tagging you specified.