Thursday, 12 March 2009

Find it @ Sheffield

The University Library has a new platform for our eJournals. To help you search ejournals using Find it @ Sheffield we've compiled a list of ten search tips and included illustrations to demonstrate. If you have any feedback please comment or email me directly for further help.

1. If you know exactly what you're looking for you can use the 'starts with' button to be prompted with predictive text:

2. Alternatively, you may want to browse titles that contain a particular keyword:

3. The A-Z is a clickable list of journal titles you may wish to use to browse the collection:

4. The subject tab can be used to browse titles in particular subject areas:

5. Use the 'More Options' tab if you're looking to browse titles by vendor and subject category. Title information is not needed here but there is the option to browse titles that 'start with' or 'contain' your keyword aswell as 'exact' matches:

6. Find It @ Sheffield also includes open access titles not previously listed in the old legacy A-Z tables. For you this means more titles to browse:

7. By selecting the CitationLinker tab you can search for a specific article through its DOI or PMID code. Enter your code and click 'Go' to be linked directly to the article:

8. Once you have selected the journal title and clicked 'Go' all access points are listed in a separate window. Take note of the available dates listed in this information as it may decide for you which option to select. Although there is the option here to include further information such as the year, volume, number and pages it is not necessary as in some cases you will be redirected to the journal's landing page anyway, but give it a try and see what works for you:

9. In some cases you'll be interested in searching for stem words in order to find all its derivatives including plurals. For example the term 'cardio*' would find all journals including the words 'cardiovascular', 'cardiothoracic', 'cardiology', 'cardiopulmonary' etc. Remember to select the 'contains' button and input the truncation * after your stem to find all the journals that contain your keyword:

10. If you use Google Scholar try saving The University of Sheffield in your Library Links preferences. This way Google can access the Find It platform and you're only a matter of 2-3 clicks away from your paper (depending on the vendor):

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