» Frequently Asked Questions
NYU Libraries subscribes to many indexing services ("databases") and over 7,000 electronic journals. But many of the databases only provide bibliographic information such as title, author, etc.-- not the fulltext. In order to provide a "link" between this descriptive information and the 7,000+ electronic journals, NYU Libraries has established an SFX (for "special effects") service.
Citations that are "SFX aware"
This is how it works: databases (such as PsycInfo, Medline, MLA Bibliography) send NYU a bibliographic citation that is "SFX aware." This is also known as an "OpenURL." You know a citation is SFX aware when you see one of these links:
- (the SFX icon)
- Link to SFX
Clicking on one of these links sends the OpenURL to NYU's SFX server. A new window opens, giving you access to certain "services" available for that citation.
"Services" for bibliographic citations may include:
- Full text available from [publisher]: provides link directly to fulltext
- Check holdings: find the call number in BobCat or other library catalog
- Find articles by the author in Web of Science
- Complete an ILL request
- Connect to Ask a Librarian
- Biological&Agric Index
- Biological Abstracts
- Education Full Text
- Food Science and Technology Abstracts
- International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
- Index Film Periodicals
- Index TV Periodicals
- Int'l Pol. Sci. Abs.
- Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
- Library Literature
- MLA Bibliography
- PAIS International
- The Philosopher's Index
- Polling the Nations
- Social Services Abstracts
- Social Work Abstracts
- Sociological Abstracts
- ULRICH'S INTERNATIONAL PERIODICALS
- Worldwide Political Science Abstracts