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OneSearch and ABI/INFORM: All Systems Go / Library Technology in the 21st Century


We are happy to report that the problem with accessing ABI/INFORM content from OneSearch has been fixed.

These kinds of problems can be tricky to troubleshoot sometimes, because multiple computer systems are working together behind the scenes to make access to our information resources as easy and seamless as possible.

One of those systems is SFX, which keeps track of the publications that we have online access to, whether they are included in a research database package like EBSCOhost or they are individually subscribed. You may have seen SFX mentioned as a tool to look up the periodical titles we have that focus on particular topics. But the really cool thing it does is to allow some of our search tools and databases to retrieve articles from other databases and repositories. OneSearch, which we profiled in our last blog post, does not itself have electronic content, but it uses SFX to retrieve articles from our research databases. SFX makes possible the Find It buttons in EBSCOhost that take you to articles in ScienceDirect. SFX allows Google Scholar, which normally only links to free resources, to also link to articles in the databases we pay for. You can even use SFX’s Fetch Item feature to see if an article you want is available from one or more of our databases. Interested in learning more? Look up “link resolver” (which is what SFX is) and “OpenURL” (which is a data exchange format that allows these different systems to work together).

A system that works entirely behind the scenes is EZproxy. We are required to make sure that only our current students, staff and faculty are able to access our paid-for information resources while they are not on campus. The links to the research databases on our website, as well as the links to articles in SFX, go through EZproxy, which automatically detects whether users are on or off campus. On-campus users get connected directly to the resource. Off-campus users have to log in to get to the resource. EZproxy works with the university’s Central Authentication Service, so you use the same UH username and password to access library resources that you use for other UH services like UH Gmail, Laulima, and MyUH.

Having difficulty accessing any of our databases? Check out our Database Access Help guide.

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