Find It! / SFX

When you see the Find It! button near a citation in an online database such as an Historical Abstracts, be sure to click on it! You'll call up a menu of links that will allow you to connect directly to the full text of an article (if available at Hanover). You'll also be able to access holdings in the online catalog and search for other related works - all without leaving your original database.

If you have a citation in hand, try the Find It! Citation Linker to check for electronic access to the article or electronic journal. Find It! is based on SFX OpenURL technology offered by the Duggan Library that will powerfully speed up your research and increase its effectiveness.

What is SFX? How does Find It! work?

SFX is a linking technology that creates links from an article citation in an external database to related information in other external databases, for example, to the full-text in JSTOR, or to Hanover's journal holdings in the online catalog. The links that SFX provides are dynamic and context sensitive -- meaning you will see different options for different citations and across different databases. The Duggan Library uses SFX to enable links to appear between available databases. In an SFX enabled database, an SFX button will appear with each citation. The button may appear in the initial set of results or in the detailed display. The SFX button may vary from database to database, but will generally look like this:

Click on the button and a window will open with a menu entitled, "SFX Links for this Record.". The links offered in that menu can include any of the following:

  • Link to the full text for the article.

  • Link to an abstract for the article.

  • Link to the table of contents for a journal issue.

  • Check for holdings in the Hanover catalog.

Please note that not all of the Duggan Library's electronic resources are SFX-enabled. If you have questions about whether a source is included in SFX, please ask a librarian.

1. Which databases are SFX Sources at Hanover?

A database is said to be an SFX source when it provides SFX links from itself to other resources. For example, Historical Abstracts is a source because it provides links from its citations to full text of electronic journals available to Hanover through JSTOR, etc. An SFX icon will appear next to sources in the Duggan Library electronic resources listings in addition to appearing in the SFX source list.

2. Why does the number of links on the SFX menu vary?

SFX is context sensitive: it looks at a citation and determines what links it can provide for that particular citation. For example, you may find a reference to an article in volume 7 of the journal Common Knowledge. Hanover does not have access to issues of Common Knowledge until volume 8. So, in this case, you will not see a link to full text in the SFX menu. Each citation will elicit a different group of links.

3. Why don't I see an Find It! link next to a particular citation?

You may not be using a database that is SFX enabled at Hanover; check the list above (FAQ #2). Also, bear in mind that the SFX button will display in a location chosen by the database. Some databases display the button on the initial set of results while others only show the button on the detailed display.

4. Full text isn't always available. Why not?

Sometimes, SFX does not have enough information to construct a path to the full text. You may be taken to the table of contents or to the journal's homepage instead. It is also possible that Hanover does not have access to the article or journal or that SFX is not aware that we have access to it. Check the SFX Resources page for resource information. You should also check for print copies by clicking on the link to search the online catalog.

5. Why isn't full text available when I know Hanover has access to it?

SFX is not always aware of all of Hanover's electronic holdings, though we do our best to keep the SFX database up to date. If you do not see a full text link and you expect one, please contact a librarian.

6. Why are there multiple sources for the same full text?

Our electronic journal holdings overlap in some places. For the most part, the content will be the same regardless of which vendor provides it.

7. I have a complete citation, but Find It! only takes me to the journal's homepage. Why?

Sometimes, SFX does not have enough information to construct a path to the full text. Or, the vendor does not enable linking directly to the full text. You may be taken to the table of contents or to the journal's homepage instead. When this happens, you can still access the article, but you will need to navigate to it.

8. What if I already have a citation from another source? Can SFX create links for that citation?

If you have a citation, say from a bibliography or reading list, and would like create a menu of SFX links with the citation, try using Citation Linker ( Enter as much information as you have and click on the button labeled "Hanover SFX."

9. Why do I encounter an error or "not found" message?

If SFX is unable to construct a valid search, no links will be retrieved. In some cases, very recent articles may not be accessible from the vendor, yet. Or, the SFX links may be wrong. Please report errant links to a librarian. We will investigate the problem.

I didn't find the article! Now what?

If you have determined that the item you wish is not available in full-text electronically, and that the Library does not own a physical copy of the item, you may wish to request it via Interlibrary Loan.