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What is Find It?

Who can use Find It?

Will the button to the "Find It" service always look the same?

Why do only some bibliographic databases feature Find It?

If there is no full text link, does that mean the article is not available?

Why don't I always go straight to the article when I click on "full text"?

When I click the "Check for holding in UMC Library Catalog" option, why don't I get any results?

When I click on an option in the Find It menu, nothing happens. Why?

How can I get more help?

Q: What is Find It?

A: Find It is name of the UMC Library Linking service. The purpose of the Linking Service to is to link you to the text of an article you found in one of the UMC Library databases. When you click on the Find It icon FinsIrLogo you will be taken to a page with two options to connect to a location with the full text of and article,:

Q: Who can use Find It?

A: Access to Find It is available to current University of Minnesota, Crookston students, staff, and faculty, using the campus network or using EXPRoxy as well as guests physically at the Library.

Q: Will the button to the "Find It" service always look the same?

A: Yes, for the most part it will, but there are some variations on the button or linked text. Here are some of possible ways that a link to the Find It service may be presented:
FindItsmall logoSFX LogoSFX  -  Minnesota Crooksont logo

Q: Why do only some bibliographic databases feature Find It?

A. Not all of the bibliographic databases subscribed to by the UMC Library support the technology behind Find It. We anticipate that more databases will have this service available in the future. UMC Library has put Find It links in subscribed databases:  Agricola, : Biosis, Biological Abstracts,  ERIC and to:

the Ebsco databases: Logo and link to Ebsco databases

the Thompson Gale Infotrac databases: Gale infotrac database logo and link to database list 

,the Proquest databases: Proquest logo and link to database list

and into two non owned public databases: PubMed and Google Scholar

Q: If there is no full text link, does that mean the article is not available?

A: Not necessarily. Library's staff is working to incorporate as much of our online holdings information into Find It as possible, but this is a slow (and endless!) process. Also, full-text access may not be available for certain (usually older) volumes or journal titles, or the UMC Library may not have a license for full-text access to that journal.

Therefore, if Find It does not generate a link to the full text of an article, it is important to check UMC Library Catalog for locations of print materials or for electronic holdings that are not Find It-enabled. If you discover that the UMC Library does not own the material you need, you may place a request through Interlibrary Loan.

Q: Why don't I always go straight to the article when I click on "full text"?

A: Using the citation information provided, the Find It linking service will get you as close to the full-text of an article as it can. However, the URL structures of certain publisher or information provider web sites don't allow direct linking to full text; instead, you may end up on the journal's home page, or at the table of contents for the appropriate issue. In those cases, you will need to navigate the site yourself to get to the article content.

Q: When I click the UMC Library Catalog option, why don't I get any results?

A: In most cases, if UMC Library catalog returns a "no matches" message, it means the UMC Library does not subscribe to the print version of a particular title. Other times, due to differences in cataloging and indexing practices, searching UMC Library catalog from the Find It menu may not find materials that we do own. To verify whether or not the UMC Library catalog has a particular item, search for the title of the book or journal you need in UMC Library catalog directly.

Once you determine that the UMC Library does not own the material you need, you may submit a request for the item through Interlibrary Loan.

Q. When I click on an option in the Find It menu, nothing happens. Why?

A. Find It uses pop-up windows. Allow pop-up winbows from the databases if you have a pop-up blocker on your browser.

If you have multiple browser windows open, the page you are linking to may be hidden behind another window. Also, certain websites require you to acknowledge a pop-up message before continuing; sometimes, this pop-up box is hiding behind the Find It menu. In either case, press Alt-Tab (or use the MS Windows Tool Bar) to display the other browser windows.

Q: How can I get help?

A: If you have questions, please email the library for help.