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SFX FAQ

When you see the MEDICOR SFX button Sfx button near a citation in an online database such as a MEDLINE, 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 through your affiliated library). You'll also be able to order the article through your library's document delivery service or search for other related works - all without leaving your original database.

If you have a citation in hand, try the SFX Citation Linker to get to the article or electronic journal. SFX is an exciting new technology that will powerfully speed up your research and increase its effectiveness.

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

4. Why don't I see an SFX link next to a particular citation?

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

6. Why isn't full text available when I know my library has access to it?

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

8. I have a complete citation, but SFX only takes me to the journal's homepage. Why?

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

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

11. I didn't find the article! Now what?

1. What is SFX?

SFX (stands for "special effects") is linking technology that creates links from an article cited in a database to its full text, or if unavailable, to related services and information. The links that SFX provides are dynamic and context sensitive -- meaning you will see different options for different citations and across different 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 Sfx button or this Sfx button large

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 of the article.

  • Link to an abstract of the article.

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

  • Request the full text of the article through your library's document delivery service

  • Other services

Please note that not all of MEDICOR's electronic resources are SFX-enabled.

2. How do I know that databases are SFX resources?

A database is said to be an SFX source when it provides SFX links from itself to other resources. An SFX icon will appear next to sources in the electronic resources listings in addition to appearing in the SFX source list.

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

SFX is context sensitive: it looks at a citation and determines what links, resources and services it can provide for that particular citation. Each citation will elicit a different group of links.

4. Why don't I see an SFX link next to a particular citation?

You may not be using a database that is SFX enabled. 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.

5. 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 MEDICOR's participating libraries do not have access to the article or journal or that SFX is not aware that these libraries have access to it.

6. Why isn't full text available when I know my library has access to it?

SFX is not always aware of all 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.

7. 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.

8. I have a complete citation, but SFX 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.

9. 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 "GO" button.

10. 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.

11. 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 your library's document delivery service.

 
 
 
   
 

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