Everything You Always Wanted To       Know About SFX …       LRC Helpdesk Training            June 2012
What is ‘SFX’• Link resolver and knowledge base for e-  journals and e-books, from ExLibris• Links into iCat through regul...
What does this mean in practice?• One-stop list of e-journals (and eventually, e-  books) from every provider, in one plac...
Behind the scenes …
Where most of the work happens
First, what about that terminology?!• Source = where the search process begins• Target = database or provider• Object = jo...
Sources include …•   iCat•   Databases with the ‘Find it!’ button•   COPAC•   Google Scholar•   SFX Citation List and A-Z ...
Targets include …• All the usual databases – but at the moment  with standard system generated names so  ‘Science Direct’ ...
Target list – a tick means ‘active’
Understanding what the buttons mean
Investigating an active target
Investigating an active target service -                   1
Investigating an active target service -                   2
Investigating active object portfolios
Behind the scenes of object portfolios
Terminology again!• Target Service Parser – system generated,  otherwise we use BULK:BULK and link to  journal homepage UR...
An example …• We would like to activate the journal “Test for  SFX” in the database “ADISONLINE”• First, we need to search...
Searching for an object
If no results, we need to add the               object
Adding an object
Title added with system generated        identifier (no ISSN)
Now to create a portfolio (linking the         object to a target)
Find your target …
Add link through to the journal (parse               param)
Adding thresholds (dates)
Finished! Now to check that it works
Generated SFX menu
Harvesting into A-Z list/iCat• Usually takes 24 hours after setting up a new  object portfolio, or making any changes, for...
The e-journals A-Z – labels are   customizable if we wish
E-journals A-Z, title search
E-journals A-Z, the information button
E-journals A-Z, category browse
E-journals A-Z, locate search (publisher              or provider)
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  • Knowledge base harvested to iCat every night; and A-Z list also updated every 24 hours
  • E-books are currently being developed; we can activate them in SFX and harvest them into iCat, but there is no provision yet to include in an A-Z listing, also the records are title/author only
  • Basic admin interface. What people see depends on their permission sets.
  • Edit button, view button. Services + portfolios. Copy function.
  • Point out authentication and general notes which display publicly. Other notes are for us.
  • Object portfolio = one title only
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    1. 1. Everything You Always Wanted To Know About SFX … LRC Helpdesk Training June 2012
    2. 2. What is ‘SFX’• Link resolver and knowledge base for e- journals and e-books, from ExLibris• Links into iCat through regular harvesting of basic metadata• Generates A-Z list of e-journals and SFX menu• Allows linking out from databases to full-text• Doesn’t stand for anything now but was originally ‘special effects’ and originated at Ghent University in the late 1990s
    3. 3. What does this mean in practice?• One-stop list of e-journals (and eventually, e- books) from every provider, in one place• As this is the oldest link resolver on the market, it is very technical compared to competitors such as SerialsSolutions• Allows a range of linking (to full text, abstract, TOC) if we wished to set this up• From databases and iCat full-text articles can be accessed within two clicks
    4. 4. Behind the scenes …
    5. 5. Where most of the work happens
    6. 6. First, what about that terminology?!• Source = where the search process begins• Target = database or provider• Object = journal or book• Object portfolio = journal or book within a target• Linking parameters = authentication• Institutes = different sites (not used)
    7. 7. Sources include …• iCat• Databases with the ‘Find it!’ button• COPAC• Google Scholar• SFX Citation List and A-Z list of e-journals• Zetoc
    8. 8. Targets include …• All the usual databases – but at the moment with standard system generated names so ‘Science Direct’ is ‘NESLI2 Elsevier Science Direct Freedom Collection’• Some miscellaneous groups such as ‘Free e- journals’ which are lists from different providers, brought together• Services such as Amazon (for book reviews)
    9. 9. Target list – a tick means ‘active’
    10. 10. Understanding what the buttons mean
    11. 11. Investigating an active target
    12. 12. Investigating an active target service - 1
    13. 13. Investigating an active target service - 2
    14. 14. Investigating active object portfolios
    15. 15. Behind the scenes of object portfolios
    16. 16. Terminology again!• Target Service Parser – system generated, otherwise we use BULK:BULK and link to journal homepage URL only• Parser – only used if a target service one does not exist• Parse Param – identifying code for the journal, usually taken from the URL• Threshold – dates the journal is available to us
    17. 17. An example …• We would like to activate the journal “Test for SFX” in the database “ADISONLINE”• First, we need to search the knowledge base to see if this journal (object) already exists – we can search by title and/or ISSN
    18. 18. Searching for an object
    19. 19. If no results, we need to add the object
    20. 20. Adding an object
    21. 21. Title added with system generated identifier (no ISSN)
    22. 22. Now to create a portfolio (linking the object to a target)
    23. 23. Find your target …
    24. 24. Add link through to the journal (parse param)
    25. 25. Adding thresholds (dates)
    26. 26. Finished! Now to check that it works
    27. 27. Generated SFX menu
    28. 28. Harvesting into A-Z list/iCat• Usually takes 24 hours after setting up a new object portfolio, or making any changes, for it to appear in the A-Z list or iCat• Titles can be searched in various ways and we have tried to add all previous titles where they are available to us• E-books are available in iCat only, by title and author
    29. 29. The e-journals A-Z – labels are customizable if we wish
    30. 30. E-journals A-Z, title search
    31. 31. E-journals A-Z, the information button
    32. 32. E-journals A-Z, category browse
    33. 33. E-journals A-Z, locate search (publisher or provider)

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