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find it button FAQs

Questions

  1. What does Find It do?
  2. How can I access Find It?
  3. Why are there different Find It link buttons?
  4. Who can use Find It?
  5. Why isn't there a full text link for my citation?
  6. Why do the number of options in the Find It window vary for each citation?
  7. Why do some Find It full text links take me to the article while others take me to the journal or to the database?
  8. Why is there more than one full text option?
  9. What does it mean when I click on a full text link and get an error message?
  10. Why is there more than one window when I use Find It?
  11. Why don't I see any buttons in a Find It enabled database?
  12. Why don't I see the Find It menu when I click on the Find It button?
  13. When I click on a second option from the Find It menu, nothing happens. What's wrong?
  14. Will Find It link to every UW-W electronic journal?
  15. How can I report problems or get assistance with Find It?
  16. Which databases are Find It Enabled?

Answers

  1. What does Find It do?

    The purpose of Find It is to allow a user who has found a citation in a database to link to other library resources for the full text. Find It uses the Ex Libris SFX® linking software to accomplish this. If the full text is not available online, Find It will show the user what other options are available, such as checking the Library's Journal Holdings list or finding other articles by the same author.

     

  2. How can I access Find It?

    There are two ways to access Find It:

    • Simply by using one of the Library's Find It enabled databases, you can access Find It. When you retrieve a citation that does not include full text you will see a link to Find It.
    • If you already have a citation, you may access the Citation Linker directly and type in your citation information.

       

  3. Why are there different Find It link buttons?

    Some databases use a default button instead of UW-Whitewater's customized Find It button.  

  4. Who can use Find It?

    Anyone using a database that is enabled for Find It will be able to use it. From off-campus a UW-W ID number is required to access any of the Library's databases. For more information on remote access, see the Library Services for Off-Campus Users Web page.

     

  5. Why isn't there a full text link for my citation?

    The full text option is only available if Andersen Library subscribes to the journal electronically. Although the Library subscribes to 13,000 journals in print or online, we still do not have everything. If you choose the link to Journal Holdings, you can check to see whether the Library has the journal in print. You may also use ILLiad/Interlibrary Loan to order a copy of the article.

     

  6. Why do the number of options in the Find It window vary for each citation?

    When you click on the Find It button, a customized search compiles all the options available for that particular citation. Therefore different citations will generate different numbers of Find It services.

     

  7. Why do some Find It full text links take me to the article while others take me to the journal or to the database?

    Find It takes you as close to the article as possible. But some databases simply don't allow links directly to the article. If you clicked on a full text link but only got to the database or the journal, you will need to perform a search or navigate through the database's menus to get to the article. 

     

  8. Why is there more than one full text option?

    Often the article will be available through more than one database. And sometimes there is a difference in format (e.g., plain text or PDF), so you are given all possible options.

     

  9. What does it mean when I click on a full text link and get an error message?

    There are several possible reasons for this:

    • If the article is brand new, it may not have been added to the database. Tables of contents are sometimes added before the articles are available online. Check back later to see if the article is available.
    • If the article is not new, the author or publisher may have withheld the article or the citation may be insufficient for Find It to locate the article. You may check the Journal Holdings list to see if we have the journal in print.
    • Contact a reference librarian if you need assistance since we may be able to help you locate the article.

       

  1. Why is there more than one window when I use Find It?

    When you first click on a Find It link, a new window will open to display the Find It menu. Then when you click on one of the Find It options, another window is opened and will continue to display any of the options you choose from the Find It menu. These windows allow you to quickly return to the Find It menu to choose different options. The windows stay open until you close them.

     

  2. Why don't I see any buttons in a Find It enabled database?

    There are several possibilities, mainly relating to the computer you are using:

    • Since Find It uses JavaScript, JavaScript must be enabled in your browser.
      • Internet Explorer 5 and higher: From the menu bar, select Tools - Internet Options. Choose the Security tab and click Custom Level. From the Custom Level menu, scroll down to Java Permissions (may be under the heading VM Microsoft). Select High Safety and click OK to close the Security Settings window. Click OK again to close the Internet Options window. Close Internet Explorer and then open it again to complete the process.
      • Firefox: From the menu bar, select Tools, then Options, then click on the Content tab. Check off the box next to Enable JavaScript. Then click OK.
    • Clearing the temporary files in your browser will free up your computer's memory and may solve the problem.
      • Internet Explorer: From the menu bar, select Tools - Internet Options. Press the Delete Files button under Temporary Internet files (this may take a few minutes). Click OK.
      • Firefox: From the menu bar, select Tools, then Clear Recent History, then Clear Now
    • Some databases do not show the Find It buttons in the search results (e.g., ISI Web of Science), so you may need to click on an individual record to see the Find It button.
    • Some databases use links or buttons other than the find it button button.
    • The page you are viewing must be fully loaded on your computer before you can see the buttons.

       

  3. Why don't I see the Find It menu when I click on the Find It button?

    Since Find It uses pop-up windows, pop-up blocking software such as Pop-up Zapper and Pop-up Stopper will disable Find It. If you have this type of software, you will need to disable it while using Find It

     

  4. When I click on a second option from the Find It menu, nothing happens. What's wrong?

    If you have already clicked on one link from the Find It menu and later choose another option from the menu, the window for the next option may be hidden under the Find It menu. So moving the Find It window should help you locate the "hidden" window. This is an Internet Explorer problem. Other browsers will bring forward the second Find It option so you can see it.

     

  5. Will Find It link to every UW-W electronic journal?

    Not all electronic journals use the openURL protocol that allows the Find It software to work. For a full list of journals held by Andersen Library, see Journal Holdings.

     

  6. How can I report problems or get assistance with Find It?

    Reference librarians are available to assist you with Find It questions or problems. Calling (262-472-1032), stopping by or e-mailing the Reference Desk will put you in touch with a UW-W librarian.

     

  7. Which databases are Find It enabled?

    Databases from these vendors are Find It enabled: American Mathematical Society; BioOne; Bowker; Chadwyck-Healy; EBSCOhost; FirstSearch; Institute of Physics; OCLC FirstSearch; ProQuest; and, Web of Knowledge/Web of Science.

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