Find It! FAQ

  1. What does Find It! do?
  2. How do I use it?
  3. I clicked the Find It! button, and the new window did not appear. Why not?
  4. Which databases have the Find It! button available?
  5. Why didn't I get a full text link for my article?
  6. Why is there more than one full-text option for some articles?
  7. Why is the full text option not available  when I know the library has electronic access?
  8. If there's no full text listed in the Find It! window, does that mean the article isn't available online?
  9. Why does Find It! sometimes go right to the article, and other times only to the journal name or a search screen?
  10. When I clicked on a database name in the Find it! menu, the article was not in that database. Why did that happen?
  11. Can I use Find It! from off campus?
  12. Sometimes the UNISTAR library catalog search doesn't find anything. What should I do next?
  13. Why can't I find the Find It! button in every database?
  14. How does Find It! work with links to dissertations?
  15. What should I do if I get an error message?
    How can I get help or advice in using the Find It! feature?
    How do I get help in searching databases? I'm not finding any good articles on my topic.
    How do I submit a comment or question about Find It!

  1. What does Find It! do?

    Find it! provides links from citations in certain databases to the online full text of the article, if Rod Library has access to the journal in electronic format. It also provides links to other library resources and services such as the online catalog, UNISTAR, and Ask a Librarian.

    Find It! is Rod Library's name for SFX linking software developed by a company called Ex Libris. Find It! is being implemented during the 2003-2004 academic year.

  2. How do I use it?

    As you review Rod Library database search results, look for the Find It! button.

    Clicking this button opens a new window with a list of resources and services, which may include entries such as:

    *Full text from [name of database]  (Direct link to the full text of the article, journal issue, or journal  if Rod Library provides access to the electronic journal.)

    *Check holdings in UNISTAR (Link to Rod Library catalog for determining if the journal is available at the library if not online)

    *Need help? Ask a Librarian (Link to "Ask a Librarian" for requesting assistance via chat, email and other methods)

    *Find It! FAQ (Link to this FAQ about the Find It! service)

  3. I clicked the Find It! button, and the new window did not appear. Why not?

    If you are using a "pop-up" blocker (such as the Google toolbar), it may be preventing the Find It! menu from appearing.  You may wish to temporarily disable the pop-up blocker.

    If going through a list of citations, the Find It! menu may already be open.  Toggle through open windows until you find the one called, "SFX by Ex Libris."

  4. Which databases have the Find It! button available?

    Find It! is available in numerous library databases such as ABI/INFORM, America: History and Life, Biological Abstracts, ERIC, Academic OneFile (INFOTRAC), and PsycINFO. It will be available in more databases as time goes on.

  5. Why didn't I get a full text link for my article?

    Rod Library may not have access to the journal in electronic format. Also, the journal or database publisher may not be compatible with the SFX linking software standards. Check the library catalog, UNISTAR, to determine if the journal is available in print or through an online service that is not compatible with SFX.

  6. Why is there more than one full-text option for some articles?

    The full text of some journals is available in two or more databases, and in those cases we provide links to more than one full text option.  Some databases provide only the text of the articles; others provide the text plus all graphics in formats such as PDF. Also, providing access to more than one full text source is helpful in case one provider's system does down.

  7. Why is the full text option not available when I know the library has electronic access?

    The publisher of the full text may not be compatible with the SFX linking software.  Also, Rod Library may be in the process of adding access for journals from particular companies.

  8. If there's no full text option listed in the Find It! window, does that mean the article isn't available online?

    Yes, usually.  However, there are some full text sources that won't work with the Find It! system and don't show up on the menu. We encourage you to search the library catalog, UNISTAR, to double check on online access and to learn whether Rod Library subscribes to the journal in print format. You may also wish to search the Web using a tool such as Google to see if the journal article is available online at no charge. Also, an article may be available online, but not in a database to which the Library subscribes.

  9. Why does Find It! sometimes go right to the article and other times to an abstract, issue table of contents, or search form?

    How close the Find It! link will take you to the actual article depends on the policies of the journal and database publishers. In some cases, you will be taken directly to the article, in other cases to a table of contents for the issue that includes the article, and so on. You may need to browse or search a journal or database web site to get to the article.

  10. When I clicked on a database name in the Find it! menu, the article was not in that database. Why did that happen?

    This can happen for several reasons. For example, the Find It! link may appear before the journal publisher allows access to its full text online. Also, there may be an error in the citation in the database. Or our Find It! link may be wrong and need to be fixed. Please report error messages via the Ask a Librarian email form at http://www.uni.edu/library/askemail/.
     

  11. Can I use Find It! from off campus?

    Yes. After selecting a database or journal that requires "authentication,"  you will get a screen that asks for your last name and social security number. After verifying that you are a UNI student or employee, the system will connect you to the database or journal.

  12. Sometimes the UNISTAR library catalog search doesn't find anything. What should I do next?

    It's probably the case that Rod Library does not subscribe to print or online versions of the journal that published the article.  However, if you suspect a technical problem or aren't certain you're reading the screens correctly, contact us through Ask a Librarian, one of the links on the Find It! menu.

    If Rod Library does not have a publication, consider using the Interlibrary Loan service.  We will attempt to borrow the publication from another library.

  13. Why can't I find the Find It! button in every database?

    This could happen for several reasons. One is the database is not compatible with the Find It! software. In some databases the Find It! button appears only on certain screens such as the article abstract.
     

  14. How does Find It! work with links to dissertations?

    Some databases include citations to doctoral dissertations.  Many of these databases are actually citing Dissertation Abstracts, which is just another index and abstract system for dissertations.  Links in the Find It! menu will generally not lead you to the actual text of the dissertation.  More recent and detailed information about dissertations is available in the Dissertations & Theses database, an online version of Dissertation Abstracts.  We encourage you to use this to find more complete information about dissertations.  If the dissertation was written at UNI, you will find a PDF copy in Digital Dissertations. Print copies of UNI dissertations also are available at Rod Library; the call number may be found through UNISTAR.  The library does not own full text copies of most of the dissertations that were done at other universities.  Please contact us via Ask A Librarian for information on how to obtain a copy of a dissertation
     

  15. What should I do if I get an error message?
    How can I get help or advice in using the Find It! feature?
    How do I get help in searching databases? I'm not finding any good articles on my topic?
    How do I submit a comment or question about Find It!

    For all such questions, contact us via Ask Us  (for chat, telephone, email, or in-person assistance).