STN Library & Information Science (LIS) Training Program



This program is designed for students in library schools and information science programs. The STN LIS program supports inclusion of STN® in the curriculum of Library and Information School programs at no cost for qualifying institutions. The LIS Program helps students become knowledgeable STN searchers, a key skill for library school graduates.

What is STN? STN is the search tool that information professionals and patent experts, including the world’s major patent offices, depend on for precision searching and comprehensive, timely and high-quality coverage of scientific and intellectual property information. STN provides access to key science, technology and patent databases and is the premier single source for the world’s disclosed scientific and technical research.

STN provides dedicated world-class customer support and training with resources to support your STN LIS Training Program such as:
  • Student workbooks, with hands-on practice problems and solutions
  • STN login IDs for faculty and students
  • Select STN databases and STN Express® or STN® on the WebSM search interfaces
  • Dedicated specialists to assist with STN training needs
  • Access to the STN Help Desk

Getting Started

To sign-up, complete and return the STN LIS Training Program Agreement form (PDF).  To provide student access to STN:

  1. Request login IDs and passwords by completing the Request for Login IDs form (Microsoft Excel®).
  2. E-mail the form to (allow at least 5 business days for the login IDs and passwords to arrive via e-mail).
  3. Copy each login ID and password into a separate User Agreement form (PDF).
  4. Ask each student to sign their respective User Agreement.
  5. Keep the signed copies to provide to CAS on request.

Please do not give a login ID to any student without a signed User Agreement. We suggest that students do not change their passwords. (If misplaced, passwords do not need to be reset.)

For distance learners, use the electronically signable version of the User Agreement (Microsoft Word).

Tip for hands-on classroom sessions: To provide optimal system response time, we suggest that when doing hands-on searching sessions in the classroom, students do not execute the same searching action at the same time (i.e., "follow along with me"). A search command activated at the same time by multiple users may cause system delays. While normal variation in work pace usually mitigates this issue, consider asking some students to start work from different starting points.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. How much does it cost to participate in the program?

A. There is no cost for an institution to participate. All materials and online searching in the program databases are provided free of charge.


Q. What qualifications are required to participate in the program?

A. Eligible colleges and universities must offer a graduate-level library science, information science, or a similar program designed to train information professionals. Participants must also agree to the Terms and Conditions of the STN LIS Training Program and submit the necessary Program Agreement form (PDF).


Q. How does a college or university enroll in the program?

A. A designee of the college or university must sign and return the STN LIS Training Program Agreement form (PDF). Once registered, any faculty teaching a qualifying class at the college or university may request login IDs and program materials independently.


Q. What type of training and faculty support is provided?

    A. The STN LIS program makes available Workbooks (PDF), Workbook presentation (PowerPoint), Quick Reference Cards (PDF), Skills Practice Problems (PDF) and Suggested Solutions to Skills Practice Problems (PDF). Email CAS Customer Center at to request printed copies of training materials. Please be sure to include the item description, item quantity, shipping address, and phone number.


    Q. Which databases are available in the program?

      A. The STN LIS Training Program currently includes the following databases in their entirety:

      • APOLLIT
      • CAplusSM
      • CASREACT®
      • CHEMCATS®
      • CHEMLIST®
      • CIN® 
      • EPFULL  
      • ICSD
      • JAPIO 
      • MEDLINE®
      • PATDD
      • PATDPA
      • PCTGEN
      • USPAT2

      The STN LIS Training program also includes STN learning databases. Learning databases are great to discover database content and layout and to test your search strategies. These databases include a small percentage of the records from the full database, and are not updated. The following learning databases are included in the program:

      • LCA
      • LDPCI
      • LDRUG
      • LEMBASE
      • LINSPEC
      • LMARPAT
      • LWPI

      For more information on these databases, view the specific STN Database Summary Sheets.


      Q. Which STN interfaces are available with the program?

      A. Two interfaces are available for student access to STN:

      Contact CAS Customer Center for hours of availability. 


      Q. Who should I contact with questions or comments?

      A. For general questions and comments regarding the program, contact CAS Customer Center.  Students or faculty with questions regarding STN searching should call CAS Customer Center (STN Help Desk) at 1-800-753-4227.

      Students and Faculty with STN Login IDs


      Instructional Resources for Professors

      To request free print copies for student use, email CAS Customer Center at and include the item name, quantity needed, shipping address and phone number.

      Instructional Resources for Professors


      Email to arrange for training.

      The STN LIS program provides assistance from specialists for any training needs, including on-site or WebEx training sessions for faculty and students. Vist
      STN Training for a full list of STN training solutions.

      Contact Us

      E-mail   Phone & Fax   800-753-4227 (North America)
          614-447-3700 (Worldwide)
          614-447-3751 (Fax)