SFX Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
SFX stands for "special effects." SFX is a link server that The University of the West Indies (UWI) Librariesí has licenced from Ex Libris (USA) Inc. There's more information about SFX on their website: SFX Overview. †SFX is a tool to help you link from an article citation in a database to the full text of that article. This is necessary because some of our databases contain full text and others just contain citations to articles. Before SFX, these databases did not link to one another.
The SFX menu offers options and services related to that article. You may:
If the full text of the article is not available online, you may:
Not all of our databases are configured to work with SFX yet, but more will be added. Some databases do not currently support the SFX technology.
Click on this button to access SFX services:
SFX provides direct links from database citations to related content that is available from the UWI Libraries. From any citation, click on the SFX button to:
There are two ways to access SFX:
During a Database Search:
When you enter a search in a database, you retrieve a list of citations that match your search. Many times a citation includes a link to full text online. When a citation does not link to full text, just click the SFX button (located at the bottom of the citation) to start an SFX search.
∑ From the Electronic Journals A-Z List:
You can use the Electronic Journals A-Z list to verify whether the library has the full text of a journal, either online or in the print collection. When you click on a title in the Electronic Journals A-Z List, you will start an SFX search.
Databases with the SFX service enabled will have this symbol:
For a complete list of databases enabled with SFX see: http://mainlib.uwi.tt/sfx-sources.
SFX links will appear in databases licensed for The University of the West Indies (UWI). These databases and SFX links are available to anyone using computers on the Mona, Cave Hill, St. Augustine and Open campuses. All UWI staff and students have off-campus access.
This is probably because there is no full-text version available or the UWI Librariesí does not have a license for full-text access. However, there is a chance that SFX is not aware that the full text is available online. Search The UWI Librariesí catalogues from the SFX menu to see if there is a link to full text. Please let us know if you discover that there is full text access but it does not show up in SFX.
Possible reasons include:
In any of these cases, check any of the UWI Librariesí catalogues for online or print versions.
There is overlap among our electronic journal collections and databases, so sometimes you will find that the full text is available from more than one source.
Sometimes you need to click on the actual database record in order to see the SFX button. You will not see SFX buttons if:
When you click on the SFX button, it opens a browser window that displays the menu of services. Selecting a service from the menu then opens a third window. Generally, you will not have more than three or four windows open at a time. Remember that you can resize the windows to suit your viewing preferences. Sometimes windows are hidden behind other windows. Use Alt-Tab to easily navigate among windows.
This problem is limited to Internet Explorer. When you first click on an option in the SFX window, IE opens a secondary browser window on top of your open windows. However, when you make another selection, that secondary browser window does not get promoted to the top again.
One solution is to drag the secondary browser window to another portion of your screen so it's not blocked by the SFX window. However, it could still be blocked by any other window (including the original search window, if you've moved it to the top), so you may occasionally have to go looking for it.
Another solution, of course, is to use Netscape or some other browser.
This is another Internet Explorer quirk. When you select a service that requires SFX to re-search a database that address is displayed while the search is taking place. Once the results are displayed, the address goes away.
SFX will try to get you as close as it can to the full text of the article. Often, because of the structure of the journal publisher's web site, SFX cannot link directly to full text. Sometimes the best SFX can do is to take you to the table of contents or the journal's home page, and you will have to navigate the publisher's site yourself to get to the full text. Essentially, a full text link in SFX means that full text is available, but you may have to follow a few extra links to get to it.
The SFX option for checking availability in UWI Librariesí catalogues is a very convenient feature that works most of the time, but it isn't 100% accurate. Because of differences in cataloging and indexing practices, the search will occasionally not find materials that UWI does own. Think of SFX as a convenient shortcut most of the time, but if it turns up no results you should try searching the UWI Librariesí catalogues yourself. If you do not find what you are looking for, ask a librarian for help - Ask a Librarian- Reference Enquiries Online.
If the article you need is a very recent article from a journal, it's possible the article has not been loaded on the journal publisher's web site, so SFX cannot retrieve it. Unfortunately, you have to wait for the publisher to add it to their site. Another problem could be that our SFX links are not functioning properly and need to be updated. Please let us know about any problems: Send a Report.
When using Netscape to access Web of Science, you need to set your preferences to allow popups (in Netscape, go to: Edit > Preferences > Privacy & Security > Popup Window > select "Allow popups").
SFX uses the OpenURL standard. The OpenURL is a protocol for interoperability between an information resource and a service component that offers localized services in an open linking environment. It is in effect an actionable URL that transports metadata, or keys to access metadata, for the object for which the OpenURL is provided. The target of the OpenURL is the user's institutional service component (ISC). The remainder of the OpenURL transports the object's metadata. The format specification for OpenURL can be found at http://library.caltech.edu/openurl/Standard.htm
The UWI OpenURL resolver address is: "http://sfx7.exlibrisgroup.com/uwi/ ď.
If you have questions please ask a librarian - Ask a Librarian- Reference Enquiries Online.