Table of Contents
- What is Find It!
- How do I access Find
- How does Find It! Work?
- Databases that use Find
- FAQs about Find It!
- Learn more about Find It!
- Send questions or
comments about Find It! to Library staff
What is Find
Find It! is a service offered by the Library that
provides customized links between diverse electronic products such
as between journal citation indexes (like MLA Bibliography) and the
full text of an article from a publishers website. You no longer
need to write down a citation and then go the catalog to see if the
Library owns the publication. Find It! does the work for
To begin, just look for the Find It! icons. In most
databases, you will see:
In other resources, Find It! may look like or
Once you click, Find It! will provide you with the
available options for the item you want--either electronic
full-text access, the Library Catalog to look for the print copies
available, interlibrary loan services if the Library doesn't have
the item, and Ask a Librarian for help.
Find It! uses the SFX linking technology licensed by
Ex Libris (the software company,
not the coffee shop in the Reg!)
How do I access Find
In Electronic Resources
Simply start a search in one of the Library's many electronic
resources - MLA, Academic Search Premier, Web of Science, etc. When
you get a citation for an item you'd like to find, look for
For example, in Academic Search Premier, the Find It!
button is shown in Figure 1:
After you click on the button, you are presented with a new window,
demonstrating the possible services for this citation. In Figure 2,
there are full-text options available from one publisher. For other
citations, you may see more than one full-text option and you can
select one from your choice of providers.
You can also see that there is an option to search the Library
Catalog to see if the Library owns the publication in print. If
there is not an electronic copy available, you will only see this
option. Should the catalog search fail to produce any hits, the
Library links to our Interlibrary Loan service to request the item
from another library.
In the Library Catalog
You can also use Find It! within the Library catalog to
locate additional online full-text versions of journals. Just look
for the button in the Library Catalog record for an
item, as in Figure 3.
How Does Find It!
Technologically speaking, Find It! is based on the
protocol. The idea behind this standard is that links should
lead users directly to appropriate resources. The OpenUrl syntax
creates web-transportable packages of metadata and/or identifiers,
which provide the basis for context-sensitive or open link
However, in order for this standard to work, there must be
metadata with which to work with. The success of Find It!
is dependent upon the Library's database of subscription
information that contains detailed records on what electronic
products we license and equally important, what years of coverage
we have for each of these products.
For example, if the Library has a electronic subscription to the
Journal of Biological Chemistry from 1995-2002, then when
you see a citation for an article in a database like Biological
Abstracts from 1994, you should not see a link to the
electronic copy since our subscription does not include this year.
You should only see links that are appropriate to what the Library
has a current license to.
Databases that are
Find It! enabled
Many electronic resources provided by the Library already work
with Find It! A short list includes:
- EbscoHost (Academic Search Premier and Business Source
- OCLC (EconLit, MLA Bibliography, WorldCat, etc.)
- OVID (Biological Abstracts, Medline, PsycInfo, etc.)
- ProQuest (Newspaper Source, ERIC, etc.)
- Web of Science (Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Social
Sciences Citation Index, Science Citation Index)
To see the full list of resources that are Find It!
enabled see the SFX Resources
page from Ex Libris.
FAQs about Find
- What happened to the SFX icons in Library databases? Is
Find It! the same service?
- I clicked on the full text link but I only see
the journal's home page or table of contents.
- If there's no full text option listed in the
Find It! window, does that mean the article isn't
- Sometimes the library catalog search doesn't
find anything. What should I do next?
- Why are there multiple links to full
- Why do the Find It! buttons look
different in each database?
- Why are there multiple windows open when I'm
using Find It!?
- Can I use Find It! services from off
- Where can I get help?
- What happened to the SFX icons in Library databases?
Is Find It! the same service?
The Library is currently in the process of replacing its icons with so that it is even easier to identify and locate
the service. Find It! is run by the SFX software and
offers all of the same services. The name has just changed.
- I clicked on the full text
link but I only see the journal's home page or table of
In most cases the Find It! link should take you to the
full text of the article. However, when this does not happen, it
means the publisher's site is not set up to let you get easily to
the article, or there was not enough information provided in the
Find It! record to make the direct connection. In either
case, simply scroll through the table of contents of the journal to
identify what you need. Please let Library
staff know about specific titles or publishers that seem
problematic to you.
- If there's no full text
option listed in the Find It! window, does that mean the
article isn't available online?
The answer to this is "Yes and No." Most publishers do have their
current products available on the web. And the Library does
subscribe to the electronic versions of journal publications.
However, if the Library does not have a subscription the
publication, you will not have access to the article except in the
rare case when the publisher makes some of its content available
for free. Most of the time, if a full text option is not available
from the Find It! window it means the Library does not
have a license.
However, sometimes there may be a technical error with the Find
It! server, the Library catalog, or the database you are using
that prevents the correct information from being transmitted
between resources. You can always double-check the citation
information you find through the Find It! service by
searching the Library catalog separately. Or Ask a
Librarian for assistance. Our librarians can check to see if an
online version is available or provide you with information about
how to access the item in print at the Library or through Interlibrary Loan.
- Sometimes the library
catalog search doesn't find anything. What should I do
In most cases, if the catalog returns a "no hits' message, it means
the library does not have a subscription. However, occasionally the
Library does own the item you need and for some technical reasons,
the Find It! server was not able to properly retrieve the
item in the catalog. To determine whether or not the Library has a
subscription to something, simply search for the title of the
journal or book you need in the catalog directly. This is
especially true for book chapters, where we may have a different
edition of the book that Find It! does not easily
Once you determine that the Library does not own the material you
need, you may go to
Interlibrary Loan to request a copy of the material you need.
Or if you think that the Library should own the item you need,
subject specialist in your area to talk about your research
- Why are there multiple
links to full text?
Most of the time, the Library licenses a single journal
subscription through an individual publisher. However, we also
subscribe to large, third party aggregators, which also make
contracts with the same publishers as the Library. The three
examples you are likely to encounter multiple full text options are
Ovid, ProQuest and Ebsco. We try not to duplicate resources -
however these aggregator packages do not always offer the Library
flexibility in terms of choosing the content of their service.
Therefore you will probably encounter multiple options for the more
widely read publications, like Scientific American and The New York
- Why do the Find
It! buttons look different in each
Unfortunately, the Library does not always have control over the
final look of the Find It! logo. We work with Ex Libris
and specific database vendors to make things appear as clearly as
possible for our users. Suggestions on how we can improve this
- Why are there multiple
windows open when I'm using Find It!?
There are generally three different windows open. The resource you
started searching in, the Find It! gateway menu, and
finally the resource you want to connect to. Everything remains
"live" on the desktop until you close the program or window.
- Can I use Find
It! services from off campus?
Yes. Access to Find It! works the the same way as the
other resources provided by the Library. Access is based upon the
IP address of your computer. As long as you are using the
Connectivity Package or the Proxy Server to logon to your
campus computing account, you will be able to use all resources
provided by the Library from home, just like you do while on
- Where can I get
Librarians are here to help you with a variety of research needs.
Simply Ask a Librarian or subject
specialist in your subject area to learn more about what
resources are available for your research and teaching and how to
use them effectively.
Learn more about
SFX, the program underlying Find It!
- SFX - Context Sensitive
Reference Linking. Product homepage by Ex Libris
- To learn more about the humble beginnings of SFX read