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What is SFX?

SFX allows users to click on a bibliographic citation in a database, and view a list of services for that article or book, which may include an online full-text version, among other resources. For more information, see the SFX Page.

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Who can use SFX?

Current NYU faculty, staff and students can use SFX.

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Why don't I see any SFX buttons in my search results?

The database you are searching may not yet be set up by the publisher to work with SFX. Many databases from NYU Libraries are "SFX aware." For a current list, see the SFX Page. Another reason you may not see the button is that you have not enabled javascript on your browser.

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Why didn't I get a full-text link for my article?

There are two likely reasons: (1) There is no full text available or, (2) NYU Libraries does not have a license for access to full text of that journal.

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Why are there two options for full-text for some articles?

Sometimes NYU Libraries licenses full-text packages from third party vendors, so there are occasionlly duplications.

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I clicked on "full-text", but I only got to the journal's homepage. Why?

SFX will get you as close to the article-level as it can, given the structure of the information provided by the database publisher. Sometimes you may link directly to the full text, other times you may have to click through to an issue or through a table of contents.

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Why did I get "no hits" when I clicked on "check holdings"?

NYU Libraries do not subscribe to all the titles indexed in our databases. Graduate students and faculty who find a journal that is not available in any NYU library may fill our an interlibrary loan request.

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What does the address "about:blank" mean?

 

This is a quirk of Internet Explorer. When you select a service that requires SFX to search another database, that address is shown while the search is taking place. Once results are displayed, the address goes away.

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Why does the number of options in the SFX window vary?

When you click on SFX, your computer connects to NYU's SFX database to see what services are available for the article. The only services that display are those that are available.

 

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  • SFX: What is it?

    SFX allows users to click on a bibliographic citation in a database, and view a list of services for that article or book, which may include an online full-text version, among other resources.

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