What is SFX?

SFX is a specialized search function that helps you locate the full text of journal articles. Whenever you start an SFX search, a number of actions are initiated:

  1. SFX searches across the library's databases and creates a list for you of databases that contain full text for your journal and the publication dates covered.

  2. SFX creates a search of the library catalog to see if the library carries the print version of the journal. You can run the catalog search by clicking the "Go" button provided.

  3. SFX creates a search of Google Scholar for the article as well as "similar items." (Google Scholar is a free Internet search engine that specializes in scholarly literature available on the Internet.) You can run the search by clicking the "Go" button provided.

  4. SFX automates an interlibrary loan (ILL) request for the item. ILL is reserved for items not otherwise available, so it is important to check the other SFX results before choosing this option.

There are two ways to start an SFX search:

  1. 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. The online tutorial titled "Finding Articles" gives a demonstration of this process in the section "Finding the Full Text of an Article." To access this section of the tutorial, please click here. This tutorial is narrated--please plug in headphones or un-mute your computer to hear the audio.

  2. From the A-Z Journal List.
    When you have a citation in hand, but are not in a database, you can use the A-Z Journal List to verify whether the library has the full text of that journal, either online or in the print collection. When you click on a title in the A-Z Journal List, you will start an SFX search.


The online tutorial incorporates sound and video, and requires the following: