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 send feedback or report any problems to libweb@brown.edu

What is FIND IT!?
How do I use FIND IT!?
What service options does FIND IT! provide?
Why don't I see any FIND IT! links?
Why is the full text not always available?
Why does the "Full Text" link sometimes go only to a journal's home page?
Can I use FIND IT! services from off campus?
Which resources are FIND IT!-enabled?
What if I click on the FIND IT! button or link but nothing happens?
What does the address "about:blank" mean?
What do I do when I get a "bad URL" or "Error 404" message?
What 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 standard.

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 are:

If you have a citation you can get to a FIND IT! menu by using our citation linker.

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:

  • full text and/or abstract of the article
  • table of contents of the issue of the journal in which that article appears
  • 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
Why don't I see any FIND IT! links?
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 possible that the FIND IT! buttons are not displayed because JavaScript is not enabled in your browser. Databases that work will FIND IT! have a FIND IT! icon in the Library's alphabetical and subject lists

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 Access

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 and subject 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 to allow pop-ups from our server. Make sure you have JavaScript enabled 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" message?
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 eresources@brown.edu.

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.