Find It at Winona State

Frequently Asked Questions

Problems: General information:

Q: What is Find It?

A: Find It at Winona State is a computer program that allows you to link from an article or book citation in a bibliographic database to a list of service options for that article or book. These options vary from citation to citation, and may include:

Find It uses SFX software developed and provided by the Ex Libris Corporation.

Q: Who can use Find It?

A: Access to Find It is available to current Winona State University students, staff, and faculty, as well as guests at the Library.

Q: Will the button to the "Find It" service always look the same?

A: Yes, for the most part they will, but there are some variations on the button or linked text that are good to be aware of. Here are some of possible ways that a link to the Find It service may be presented:

Q: Why do only some bibliographic databases feature Find It?

A. Not all of the bibliographic databases subscribed to by the Library support the technology behind Find It. We anticipate that more databases will have this service available in the future.

Q: If there is no full text link, does that mean the article is not available?

A: Not necessarily. Library staff are working to incorporate as much of our online holdings information into Find It as possible, but this is an endless process. Also, full-text access may not be available for certain (usually older) volumes or journal titles.

Therefore, if Find It does not generate a link to the full text of an article, it is important to check WSU Periodicals for locations of print materials. If you discover that the Libraries do not own the material you need, you may place a request through Interlibrary Loan.

Q: What can I do if there is no link for Interlibrary Loan?

A: Bottom Line: go to the Interlibrary Loan and fill out a blank form.

Sometimes Find It! thinks that a database has the article full text when in fact it does not. The link to a pre-filled out ILL form is suppressed if Find It! thinks full text is available. So, sometimes you cannot get the ILL link even when the full text link fails. If that happens, go to the ILL page and fill out a blank request form.

Q: What if I have a written down citation?

A: Sometimes you have a citation to an article from a footnote in a book or other paper material. The forms below will allow you to manually enter a citation and Find It!

You have two options. There is a quick form called Citation Linker that allows you to fill in a citation and get full text.

If you are trying to get a URL for the article that will send the user to the citation that you have, then go to the OpenURL Generator and fill out that form. Make sure to click on "View OpenURL", it will give you the raw URL to link to our Find It! server. Faculty can then post this URL in their course web sites for students to access an article, even as the article moves around the different databases.

Q: Why don't I always go straight to the article when I click on "full text"?

A: Using the citation information provided, the Find It linking service will get you as close to the full-text of an article as it can. However, the URL structures of certain publisher or information provider web sites don't allow direct linking to full text; instead, you may end up on the journal's home page, or at the table of contents for the appropriate issue. In those cases, you will need to navigate the site yourself to get to the article content.

Q: When I click the WSU Periodicals or MnPALS option, why don't I get any results?

A: In most cases, if MnPALS returns a "no matches" message, it means the Library does not subscribe to that particular title. Other times, due to differences in cataloging and indexing practices, searching MnPALS from the Find It menu may not find materials that we do own. To verify whether or not the Libraries has a particular item, search for the title of the book or journal you need in MnPALS directly.

Once you determine that the Library does not own the material you need, you may submit a request for the item through Interlibrary Loan.

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

A. 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, press Alt-Tab (or use the MS Windows Tool Bar) to display the other browser windows.

Q: How can I get more help?

A: If you have questions, please Ask Us! for help.