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Using LINCCWeb's Find Text Feature

Q: What is Find Text?
A: Find Text is a feature that allows you to navigate more easily among electronic resources in LINCCWeb.

Q: What does Find Text do?
A: Find Text provides direct links from a citation in a database to the full text of an article (when available). If you find a citation in one database, but there’s no full text version of the article, click the Find Text link to see if another database has the full text article. Find Text will also search library holdings for a book or journal in the citation, so you can see if your library owns a particular book or has a particular journal in print format.

Q: How do I use Find Text?
A: Whenever you see the Find Text button button in LINCCWeb, click on it to see all related links. Those related links may include:

  • Links to the full text of a journal
  • Links to the table of contents of the journal issue in which the article appears
  • Links to check the holdings of a journal in your library's catalog (by ISSN)
  • A web search using keywords from the citation title, if your library has this option available

Q: Why does the number of options in the Find Text window vary?
A: When you click the Find Text button button, LINCCWeb automatically checks to see which Find Text services are available for the specific record you’re currently viewing. There may be full text available in another database and, if so, that option will appear on the Find Text menu. If not, the full text option will not appear. Only those Find Text services that are available for that particular citation or record that you are currently viewing are displayed in the Find Text window.

Q: Why is there more than one option for the full text of an article?
A: There is often overlap among different databases, so an article may be available in more than one database. There may also be differences in the way that the article is displayed in those different databases. You can select any of the options on the list and choose the display that’s right for you.

Q: Sometimes when I click the "View full text" option, I end up on the journal's home page or table of contents. Can't I go directly to the article?
A: LINCCWeb attempts to get you as close to the full text article as possible, but the journal publisher controls whether or not direct linking to the article is permissible. In some cases you may be taken to a table of contents screen for a journal title and will need to navigate to the specific issue and article.

If you end up on the main database search screen, there may have been an error in the search. Try doing a manual search (by journal title and date) for the article, but be aware that it may have been removed from the database. If you’re still having trouble accessing the article, ask your library staff for assistance.

Q: I sometimes get a "Bad URL, Error 404," or other error message. Why?
A: If you are searching for a recent article, it is likely that the article has not been loaded in the database yet and you may see this error message. The error message may also appear if the publisher has removed the article or the journal title from the database, or if the database you are searching is experiencing technical problems. If there is another full text link on the Find Text menu, try clicking on that instead.

Q: Sometimes there is no full text option. Why is that?
A: Electronic full text may not be available for all databases. Also, some articles may not be available in full text from any database. If you need to read an article and Find Text cannot locate a full text version, try clicking the “Does my library own this journal?” link to see if your library has a print copy of the article. If not, check with your library staff. In most cases they can obtain the article from another library.

Q: I clicked on the “Does my library own this journal?” link and received a “No results found. Please revise your search” message. What does that mean?
A: This message appears when your library does not own a print version of the journal article you are seeking. Check with your library staff. In most cases they can obtain the article from another library.

Q: Why am I prompted to enter a login and password?
A: LINCCWeb prompts you for your Borrower ID and PIN when logging in. Unless you close your browser or log out, you should not be prompted for that information again. If a particular database prompts you for a username and password, report the error to your library staff.

Page updated: August 3, 2006



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