Find It FAQ

What is Find It?
How do I use Find It?
Why do only some databases have Find It buttons?
I want to find a particular article, but I don’t have all the information. Can I use Find It to help me locate it?
Can I use journal abbreviations in Find It or the E-journal list?
Are e-books listed in Find It?
When I click on an option in the Find It menu, nothing happens. Why?
Can I use Find It from home?
Do I have to disable my popup blocking software to use Find It?

What is Find It?

Find It is an easy way to find articles published online in an e-journal. Find It provides links from a citation in a database to the full text of that article, if available, and to other helpful resources and services such as an automatic search of the Library Catalog, a direct link to an interlibrary loan form and a link to ask for additional assistance from a librarian.

How do I use Find It?

Find It buttons appear in many of the Libraries’ web pages and databases. When you search in a database, the Find It button will appear in the records you retrieve. Click on the button to see a menu with links to full text and other resources.

Why do only some databases have Find It buttons?

Not all databases support the technology behind Find It. We anticipate that more databases will have this service available in the future. Most of the major vendors of our licensed databases do provide Find It links. Some databases also provide the full-text of articles themselves. In those cases look for a link to the PDF directly.

I want to find a particular article, but I don’t have all the information. Can I use Find It to help me locate it?

Yes! Fill in the complete journal title and provide a date or any other information you have about a particular article. The Find It menu will provide you with the options for getting the article. If you can’t find what you are looking for notify us using the Report a Problem link in the Find It window and we will investigate.

Can I use journal abbreviations in Find It or the E-journal list?

We have input journal abbreviations for some of the most popular titles. In general it’s best to use the full name of the journal, or at least the first few words. Be sure to select Begins with or Contains on the Find It search box if you don’t have the exact title.

Are e-books listed in Find It?

Some are but most are not. E-books are listed in the Library Catalog.

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

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, Windows users can press Alt-Tab (or use the MS Windows Tool Bar) to display the other browser window. Macintosh OS users can use Command-Tab.

Can I use Find It from home?

Yes. However, you must have a currently valid UW-Madison ID to access licensed resources. You need not be affiliated with UW-Madison to access journals available freely on the web through Find It.

Do I have to disable my popup blocking software to use Find It ?

No, but browsers are inconsistent in their interpretation of these two commands and sometimes popup blocking software blocks Find It.

To avoid this problem, we recommend disabling any popup blocking software you may be running when using the Find It service. If your popup blocker software allows you to specify a domain for which popups are acceptable, you may wish to add http://sfx.wisconsin.edu/ to the list. Please refer to help files associated with your popup blocking software for further information about this feature.