1. What is SFX? 
  2. How can I find the SFX icon in a particular database?
  3. How do I use the SFX entry?
  4. Why don't I see the SFX button or link?
  5. I clicked on an SFX link, but the SFX menu doesn't appear. What's wrong?
  6. The message says "No electronic full text available for this item." How can I get the article?
  7. Why is there more than one option for the full text of an article?
  8. Why didn't I find the full text of the article, even though an option to see the full text appeared in SFX?
  9. I clicked on the full-text option provided in SFX, but I didn't go directly to the journal article (ended up at the journal or table of contents page). Why?
  10. Why do I get a "bad URL," "Error 404," or some other "not found" message?
  11. Why don't I see the same services in SFX for every journal article?
  12. I clicked on ASA to see if we have the journal article. What does it mean when it says "Item not found at Lehigh?"
  13. I clicked on SFX and it worked once, but the next time I tried it, nothing happened. Why?
  14. What is the 'Citation Linker' on the ejournal page?
  15. "I'm using Medline via PubMed, but I don't see the SFX links after I bring up search results"
  16. Who do I contact for more help or to make comments?

Note: SFX needs JavaScript and pop-ups enabled for it to work.*


1. What is SFX?

SFX provides a connection from citations/abstracts of journal articles and publications as given in electronic resources to the full text or print copies provided by the Lehigh Libraries.

If electronic full text is not available, SFX links to the Library catalog for print copies; other options, such as electronic abstracts and interlibrary loan requesting, may also be offered.

You can tell that there is an SFX entry for a journal referenced in an index when you see the SFX icon or a Lehigh Links link.

There is also a Citation Linker search, on the Ejournals page.

2. How can I find the SFX icon in a particular database?

Because our databases come from different services, the SFX link varies in appearance. Some databases display the link at the brief record (author, title, journal) listing, others at the abstract. Look for the following variations:

Databases In Brief Record In Full Record
Academic Index/Infotrac  
Proquest Databases:
ABI-Inform, Research Library, National Newspaper Abstracts
Find a Copy Check SFX for Availability
America: History and Life, and Historical Abstracts Lehigh Links Lehigh Links
Firstsearch Databases:
Alternative Press Index, Article First, Applied Science and Technology Abstracts, Art Abstracts, ATLA Religion Index, Basic Biosis, Biography Index, Book Review Digest, Chemical Abstracts (Student Edition), Econlit, Education Abstracts, ERIC, GeoRef, Index to Legal Periodicals, Medline, PAIS, PsycInfo, Sociological Abstracts
click on
See more details
for locating this item
Lehigh SFX Links
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
Ecology Abstracts, Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts, and Metadex
Engineering Index and Inspec
MathSciNet
Medline via PubMed
Use link :http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?otool=palhulib
SCIfinder Scholar/Chem Abstracts Click on
button
Web of Science & Knowledge including Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index, Arts & Humanities Citation Index  

3. How do I use the SFX menu?

When you click on the SFX link, the SFX menu display will come up in a pop-up window.

It will show you the title of the article and the source (journal title, year, volume, issue and page) of the article.

Below that will be the SFX holdings lines that show the possible ways to get the article or an abstract of it.

Clicking on the will take you either to the full text/abstract in the service, or, if the service can't link directly to the article, to the 'front door' of the service where you can look up the journal article.

Finding Print Journals in ASA

The last line of is the link to ASA, the University's Library Catalog. Follow this link to find out whether we hold the issue in PRINT in the Libraries.

This listing will appear even if the journal is NOT owned by Lehigh.

In the entry above, Ceres is not a journal Lehigh owns-- so when you click on the link, you get:

This indicates that the journal is not subscribed to by Lehigh.

4. Why don't I see the SFX button or link?

There are three possible reasons for this:

  1. You may need to click on the article title to view the full record that includes the SFX link; or
  2. You have JavaScript turned off in your browser; or
  3. You are using a database that doesn't use SFX. To see the a list of databases that use SFX, see the chart above; or
  4. The database may not link to SFX for all articles/publications. Examples of databases with partial SFX linking are Historical Abstracts and America, History and Life.

If you are searching a database that does not use SFX, use the journal title search feature in ASA to determine if a particular journal is available online.

5. I clicked on an SFX link, but the SFX menu doesn't appear. What's wrong?

You may be using a "pop-up" blocker program on your computer such as the Google Toolbar's pop-up blocker, Pop-Up Killer or Pop-Up Starter, or have 'unrequested pop-ups' disabled in your browser. You will need to turn off or disable the program to use SFX; or you can set it to accept pop-ups from sfx.lib.lehigh.edu
Note: this is a particular problem with Web of Science & Knowledge (SCI, SSCI, AHCI).

6. The SFX menu doesn't list any 'Full Text' links. How can I get the article?

First, follow the ASA, Library Catalog link given in the SFX menu to see if the print version of the journal is in the Libraries. Second, if the journal is not in the Libraries, you can request the article through Interlibrary Loan.

NOTE: Not every article is going to be online. Publishers can choose to publish only selected articles from a journal, or may not allow recent articles to be made available online.

7. Why is there more than one option for the full text of an article?

There is often overlap between the different databases. You can select whatever full-text option you prefer to view the article.

8. Why didn't I find the full text of the article, even though an option to see the full text appeared in SFX?

Several things can interfere with the SFX linking capability:

Sometimes the database providers give SFX incorrect information. If one doesn't work, try another full-text option (if there is more then one available), or use the ASA option in the SFX menu to see if we have the journal available in the Libraries.

9. I clicked on the full-text option provided in SFX, but I didn't go directly to the journal article. Why?

There is nothing wrong with how SFX is operating. SFX will try to get you as close to the full-text article as it can. Sometimes you may have to go through a few screens or do a search to find the exact article.

Article services that can't link to the specific article include Factiva and sometimes Lexis/Nexis Academic. In Lexis-Nexis, try modifying the search, perhaps add the author and adapt the title keywords, or enter specific date.

10. Why do I get a "bad URL," "Error 404," or some other "not found" message?

If you are looking for a recent article, it is likely that the article has not been loaded into the database yet. Another possibility is that the publisher removed the article or the journal title from the database without notifying us. Please tell us about any problems that you find. Include the name of the database you were searching in and the journal and article you were trying to locate.

11. Why don't I see the same services in SFX for every journal article?

We have set up SFX to show only the services that have either full text or abstracts for each article.

12. I clicked on ASA to see if we have the journal article. What does it mean when it says "Item Not Found at Lehigh?"

It means that the journal is not available in the LU Libraries. You can obtain the journal article through Interlibrary Loan.

13. I clicked on SFX and it worked once, but the next time I tried it, nothing happened. Why?

The SFX menu for each article comes up in the same browser window. If you switch windows to go back to the database, the SFX window goes into the background. Choose it from the tabs at the bottom of your screen to make it come forward.

14. What is the 'Citation Linker' on the Ejournal page?

The citation linker is a way of having SFX look up a citation you already have (from a bibliography or other source), and find any electronic versions of it. To use it, go to the ejournal page: http://www.lehigh.edu/library/ejournals/ejournals.html

In the Citation Linker box, type the information for the citation you are interested in:

You can enter in the complete citation, author, title, and all, or only the journal title and/or ISSN, or journal title and date. Clicking on the Link button will execute the SFX search.

Tip: Journal title, year, volume, and page is often all the information that is needed.

15. "I'm using Medline via PubMed, but I don't see the SFX links after I bring up search results"

In order for the SFX links to appear, you need to be using the PubMed link (URL) that appears on Lehigh's database list, namely,
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?otool=palhulib

After you bring up the search list, click on the authors' names, and the full record page containing the SFX link will come up.

Don't use:      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi

You may want to bookmark the link from the database list.

16. Who do I contact for more help or to make comments?
Please notify us using our LiveHelp Service, email the helpdesk, or stop in to the Fairchild-Martindale Library Help Desk (610-758-4357).


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Adapted from Binghamton University Library's SFX FAQ: http://library.lib.binghamton.edu/webdocs/sfx.htm