SFX @ Your Library
Stellenbosch University Library Service
General Student Links:
SFX and Full Text
SFX Citation Linker
SFX is a tool provided by the Library Service that creates shortcuts
to full-text articles, if available, as well as links to additional
Library services. This means that SFX enables the user to link from
citations, in our different databases, to full text articles wherever
they are available.
In most cases, using SFX is as simple as looking for a button marked
. The location of this button varies depending on the database
being searched. Sometimes it appears at the brief record level
whilst other times you need to click on the detailed record in order to
see it. Simply start a literature search in the database you normally
use. Clicking on the SFX button or link opens up a menu that displays a
list of available full-text or other services for the item.
Who can use SFX?
There is an overlap among many electronic journal collections providing full text, so sometimes we link to more than one location. Some databases provide only the text (HTML) of the articles whilst others provide the text plus all graphics in formats such as PDF. Furthermore, providing access to more than one full text source is helpful in case one provider's system goes down.
How close the SFX 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 and in other cases to a table of contents for the issue that includes the article or the homepage of the journal. At that point, you may need to navigate or perform a search to locate the specific article.
Why didn't I get a full text link for my article?
· The Library & Information Service doesn't subscribe to the title in electronic form.
· The journal may be exclusively published in hard copy.
· The SFX link may appear before the journal publisher allows access to its full text online (EMBARGO).
· The journal or database publisher may not be compatible with SFX linking software standards
You might also consider to search on GOOGLE SCHOLAR to see if the journal is available online at no charge. It might be possible that an article is available online, but not in a database to which the Library Service subscribes to.
What do I do if both a full text link and paper copy issue of the
journal is not available in the library?
publisher of the full text may not be compatible with the SFX linking
software. In this case, please make use of our
E-JOURNALS which will give
you access to the journal.
Why don't I see any SFX links?
· The resource does not (yet) support SFX
· You will only see SFX links after you have searched an SFX enabled database. The button will only appear in a bibliographical citation, or in the full record of the citation
· You are currently working outside the campus and you did not establish the same connection to the Library's network as within the campus. To connect to the information source through the campus network, click here.
This could happen for several reasons:
· A SFX button will appear in different places, depending on the database. This means that sometimes you will find the button, for instance, on the article abstract screen and sometimes on the full record screen.
· The database is not compatible with SFX software.
Only a few journals require special passwords for access to their full-text articles. If a password is required, a note should appear on the SFX services menu about whom to contact for the required information. If you are still experiencing problems after using the required password, please contact us so we may fix the problem.
This is a problem limited to Internet Explorer. When you select
a service on the menu, SFX has to search another resource. 'About:
blank' is shown while the search is taking place. Once results are
displayed, it will be replaced by the correct address of the resource.
If the article you need is very recent, it is possible that it has
not yet been loaded on the publisher's website, so SFX cannot retrieve
it. Unfortunately, you have to wait for the publisher to add it to
the site. Another problem could be that our SFX links are wrong and need
to be updated. Please let us know about any problems you may have
by sending an error report so that we can fix them.
When I go back to make a second selection from the SFX window,
nothing seems to happen.
What is going on?
The SFX Citation Linker allows you to access a menu of SFX links using a citation without having to perform a database search. In some cases this will include a shortcut link to online full-text articles. First click on the appropriate tab for the type of citation you have(article or journal ). Then enter as much information as you have in the appropriate boxes on the online form and click on the SFX button or hit the ENTER key on you keyboard.
If you have a citation in hand from a bibliography or reading list and would like to go directly to the SFX menu for that citation, try using SFX Citation Linker.
Citation Linker does not seem to be working. What should I
· The name of the journal (or ISSN) must be filled in.
· Some standardized journal abbreviations work, but complete a journal name or ISSN is the most effective.
· Check for typographical errors; spelling and spacing count!
· The ampersand (&) character does not work; spell out the word “and.”
Leave out punctuation marks on standard journal
abbreviations. For example, enter
· The pull-down menu adjacent to the journal entry box provides three options: Contains, Begins with, or Exact match. If you are uncertain of the exact journal name, try one of the other options and search for keywords from the journal name.
· Finish filling out the online form before you hit the Return or Enter key on your computer or you will submit an unfinished form.