NOTE: On May 25, 2005 a new version of FIND
IT! (formerly 'SFX') was installed. We hope that the
name change will help make the software's purpose clearer. Please
or report any problems to firstname.lastname@example.org
is FIND IT!?
do I use FIND IT!?
service options does FIND IT! provide?
don't I see any FIND IT! links?
is the full text not always available?
does the "Full Text" link sometimes go only to a journal's
I use FIND IT! services from off campus?
resources are FIND IT!-enabled?
if I click on the FIND IT! button or link but nothing happens?
does the address "about:blank" mean?
do I do when I get a "bad URL" or "Error 404" message?
is the FIND IT! Citation Linker?
What is FIND IT!?
FIND IT! is a context-sensitive linking software that can take you from
a database citation to the online full text of a cited article or, if
full text is not available, it can pass your search to the library catalog,
to interlibrary loan services and to other related resources and services.
FIND IT! is sold as "SFX" (special effects) by Ex
Libris LTD and is based on the OpenURL
How do I use FIND IT!?
Databases that are OpenURL-compliant will display a button or a text
link which , when clicked, will open a window with a menu of service
options. Some of the ways in which the FIND IT! service will appear
If you have a citation you can get to a FIND IT! menu by using our
What service options does FIND IT! provide?
Because Find it! is context specific, service options will change from
citation to citation. When available, and as appropriate, Find it! services
offered will link to one or more of the following:
Why don't I see any FIND IT! links?
- full text and/or abstract of the article
- table of contents of the issue of the journal in which that article
- an automatic search of JOSIAH, Brown's online catalog, to see if
the item is owned by Brown
- a web search using the key words from the citation title
- a Google Scholar search using the key words from the citation title
- an Interlibrary Loan request form
- an automatic search of other local catalogs
- a database search for other articles by the same author
The database you are searching may not yet be set up by the publisher
to work with this technology. Depending on the database you are using,
you may see the FIND IT! links on the result list or you may need to click
on a title from the result list before you can see the link. It is also
is not enabled in your browser. Databases that work will FIND IT! have
a FIND IT! icon in the Library's alphabetical
Why is the full text not always available?
There are two likely reasons: (1) There is no full text available from
the publisher or, (2) the Brown Library has not licensed full text of
that journal.. In either case be sure to check the Josiah link to see
if the title is available in print or microform.
Can I use SFX services from off campus?
Yes. Brown NetID holders can use the FIND IT!-enabled databases when
off-campus after signing on with the VPN client or EZProxy. Using the
VPN client is generally more reliable. For more information see Off-Campus
Why does the "Full Text" link sometimes go only to
a journal's home page?
A "full text" link in FIND IT! means that full text is available.
However, FIND IT! can not always link directly to full text if the publisher's
site does not make that possible. In those cases FIND IT! takes you
to the table of contents or the journal's home page, and you have to
navigate the publisher's site yourself to get to the full text. LexisNexis
Academic is a publisher that requires you re-enter your search terms
- there is LexisNexis
help window available from the FIND IT! menu.
Which resources are FIND IT! enabled?
FIND IT! enabled eresources have been marked with the FIND IT! icon
in the alphabetical
listings on the library web.
What if I click on the FIND IT! button or link but nothing happens?
The FIND IT! menu appears as a new pop-up type window. See
if it is hiding behind another window on your desktop. Turn
off any pop-up killer or make sure the software is configured
in your web browser.
What does the address "about:blank" mean?
This is a quirk of Internet Explorer. When you select a service that
requires FIND IT! to search another database, the "about: blank"
address is shown while the search is in process.
What do I do when I get a "bad URL" or "Error 404"
Sometimes the FIND IT! links may be wrong, or they may be out-of-date
because a publisher has made changes to its site. We'd like to know
about any problems you encounter so that we can correct them. Please
use the "Feedback" form on the FIND IT! service menu to report
problems. This form sends us information about the search you performed.
You can also ASK
a LIBRARIAN or send inquiries to email@example.com.
What is the FIND IT! Citation Linker?
If you have a citation in hand from a bibliography or reading list you
can use the FIND IT! Citation
Linker to find online full text and other FIND IT! services.