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Tarleton State University Libraries Unit 6
SFX JOURNAL LOCATOR & CITATIONS
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image of SFX logo   SFX Journal Locator is an online tool that
•  indicates if periodicals are available full text in databases to which Tarleton libraries subscribe,
•  creates shortcuts to full text articles, and
•  automatically searches the library catalog for specific periodicals.

This tool can be activated in three ways:

•  use the SFX Journal Locator interface,
•  follow SFX links in database search results, and
•  browse the online journals list in SFX.

Since all three approaches to using this tool ultimately yield the same results, only one approach is explained below: using the SFX Journal Locator interface.


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HOW TO BEGIN "TRACKING DOWN" ARTICLES
The example citation used to illustrate how to locate articles with the SFX Journal Locator and citation information is
  Green, Thad B. "An Empirical Analysis of Nominal and Interacting Groups." Academy of Management Journal, 18:1, March 1975: 63-74.


1. Use the "periodical title" search option in SFX Journal Locator to see if the periodical is available in databases to which Tarleton libraries subscribe.
-- Click "Research by Topic" on the library home page.
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Click the "SFX Journal Locator" link in the bulleted list at the top of the "Research by Topic" page.
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  Note that SFX has several search options.
However, you should use the journal title search first because it is a more efficient method than using the article information search.
-- Type academy of management journal in the journal title search box.
  You can also use the ISSN as a search term. A periodical's library catalog record often lists its ISSN.
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Click "Search."

2. Look at the SFX search results page.
Only one SFX record matched the periodical's title.


The SFX record for a periodical offers a wealth of information as indicated in this labeled image.


Explanations of the labeled portions of this SFX record are given below
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"Database links"

•  shows that the periodical is available in Tarleton libraries' databases and
-- It is in JSTOR Business Collection and EBSCO's Business Source Premier.
-- Use the links to search for the periodical in each database.
•  states which years of the periodical are available in the databases.
-- Gives a quick indication if desired years are available. In this example, both databases cover 1975, which is the year sought.

"Catalog link"
•  runs a search in the Tarleton libraries' catalog to see if the periodical is available in the libraries' collections.
-- Searching for the periodical directly from the catalog interface (discussed on the previous page) is also recommended.

"Reference help"

•  lets researchers access the AskNow virtual reference service.
-- AskNow, a chat-based online reference service, is a pilot project between selected libraries of the Texas A&M University System.

"FAQ file"
•  links to online information about SFX and usage tips.

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HOW TO CONTINUE "TRACKING DOWN" ARTICLES
Once you've determined that the periodical is available in Tarleton libraries' databases by reading the information in the SFX search results record, you have several options for obtaining the article in print or electronic format, as explained below.

  To obtain an online version of the article, "An Empirical Analysis of Nominal and Interacting Groups" from the March 1975, volume 18 issue #1 of Academy of Management Journal, you have these options:
•  Use the links in the SFX record to search the indicated databases (in this case, JSTOR and/or Business Source Premier).
•  Go directly to the indicated databases and search for the article using periodical title, author, and/or article title.
•  Use Internet search tools to locate the periodical's home page and see if archives are available.
•  Search for the periodical in the library catalog to see if it's in the collection and if the record offers links to online versions.

  To obtain a printed version of the article, you have these options:
•  Search the library catalog to see if the periodical is available, which it is.
  If you attend classes on the Stephenville campus, submit a request to the Periodicals Department at Dick Smith Library to have the March 1975 issue of Academy of Management Journal brought to the library from offsite storage.
  If you attend classes on the Killeen campus, submit an interlibrary loan request (see Unit 9) to have the article sent to your library.
  If you qualify for the libraries' distance learning services, you can request document delivery (home/office delivery of materials). Unit 9 offers more information about library services for distance learners.

  If the SFX Journal Locator and library catalog have no records for the periodical or if the years of coverage do not match the need, you should:
•  Use Internet search tools to locate the periodical's home page and see if archives are available.
•  Submit an interlibrary loan request (see Unit 9) to obtain the article from another library.

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