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These resources give you the Get Text UK service: America: History and Life, Anthropology Plus, Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals, Book Review Index Online, all EBSCOhost databases, Google ScholarInternational Medieval Bibliography (IMB), Literature Online, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, all OvidSP Databases, all ProQuest databases, Periodicals Index Online, PubMed, and Web of Science.

UK SFX logo In many of our databases your search results will display the "Get Text" button or link. From that button you will get a menu of Get Text UK services. In the Get Text UK window you will have choices to get the full-text of your article, to search InfoKat if need be, or to order a copy from ILL if need be. If no full-text is available, the Get Text UK window will indicate this. (We use the SFX software to present these menu options and to connect you with your choices.)

About the Get Text UK service

Problems accessing the database

Full-text problems

Interlibrary Loans / ILLiad accounts

InfoKat / Journals shelved in campus libraries

Databases working with the Get Text UK link

Technical problems

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What is the Get Text UK service, and how can it help me?
Get Text UK provides shortcut links from library databases to full-text articles in electronic journals. Other access options include a check of InfoKat (UK Libraries' catalog) and document delivery links for items not owned by our library system. Get Text UK utilizes OpenURL standards with SFX software from Ex Libris, a library automation company. To view and access directly the journals available through SFX, see the Find e-Journal searchable list.

 

Who can use Get Text UK? And from what locations can it be used?
Get Text UK is available from campus computers for UK faculty, students, staff and guests. Current UK students, faculty and staff can also access this service from off-campus locations via the UK Libraries proxy server. Some resources are not available from off-campus due to license restrictions. For more information about off-campus access see the proxy help page.

 

What do the Get Text UK menu items mean?
Clicking on the UK SFX logobutton opens a menu of options that typically include the following choices:
  • Electronic full-text--links to immediately obtain the article.
  • Catalog Information--searches InfoKat, UK Libraries' Catalog, and shows if a UK Library holds the item in paper or other format.
  • ILL--Interlibrary Loan--links to ILLiad to request items not available within the UK Libraries system.
  • Ask-A-Librarian--provides options for obtaining assistance.
I have a firewall set up and I can't get into the Find UK Electronic Journals Database.
You will need to set your firewall to permit access to port 3210.

 

What do I do if no electronic full-text is available?
Search InfoKat to check for holdings in a campus library: On the Get Text UK menu this search is ready-to-go; just click the link. If there are no holdings on campus, then apply for a copy via ILL. On the Get Text UK menu this application is ready-to-go; just click the link. Then log-on to your ILLiad account; the article details are already filled in. In ILLiad click to Submit Request.

 

What if the full-text requires a log-on with an ID and password?
Some of our e-journals require a password. Ask for help from the Young Reference Desk or the Ask-a-Librarian service.

 

Why are there sometimes several full-text choices?
If the same article is available from different databases we give you all of the choices. If, for some reason, one choice doesn't satisfy, then simply go back to your Get Text UK menu window and make a different choice.

 

Why didn't I land directly at the article level?
Sometimes the closest landing that Get Text UK can make for you is at the level of the particular issue's table of contents or at a list of all available issues for that journal. Sometimes, once you land in the particular database, you'll also have to input search terms (e.g., keywords from the article title). If necessary, be sure to change your date range (for example in LexisNexis the default is "Previous six months").

 

I clicked the link for full-text, but the database didn't have the issue I needed.
In some databases a journal's newest issue may not yet be available, even if you get a link for the full-text. In some cases, specific articles within available issues are not available (e.g., due to author restrictions or partial coverage on the part of the provider). If that is the case, and no other electronic full-text is available, check InfoKat for paper copies, and if they are unavailable, consider Interlibrary Loan via the ILLiad link.

 

Who qualifies for Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service?
All people currently enrolled or employed at UK, including Distance Learning students. If you are affiliated with the Medical Center or with the Law School, please direct your ILL requests to their sites. On the Get Text UK menu there is a separate choice for the UK Medical Center Interlibrary Loan request. Current ILLiad users can logon immediately, while First Time Users need to create a personal ILLiad account. Before placing an order with ILL take care to search InfoKat: If the item is available in a campus library your order will be declined.

 

Why would I search InfoKat?
Even if there's no full-text in a database, we might have the article in a journal shelved in a campus library. To check holdings in InfoKat, just click the link in your Get Text UK menu window. On the Get Text UK menu this search is ready-to-go.

 

Why is there no link to InfoKat?
Sometimes the Get Text UK service doesn't have enough citation information and can't make an InfoKat link. But you can search InfoKat yourself (e.g., by journal title) to find campus holdings.

 

Which databases have Get Text UK links?
These resources give you the Get Text UK service: America: History and Life, Anthropology Plus, Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals, Book Review Index Online, all EBSCOhost databases, Google ScholarInternational Medieval Bibliography (IMB), Literature Online, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, all OvidSP Databases, all ProQuest databases, Periodicals Index Online, PubMed, and Web of Science.

 

Why do new windows keep opening?
When you click on the Get Text UK button, a new browser window opens that displays the menu of services for a specific article. Selecting a service from the menu opens a third window that links to the full-text article. Windows can be resized for easier viewing and closed after a full-text article is obtained.

 

Do I have to disable my pop-up blocker?
No, not to view the Get Text UK menus; however, watch for notes with the links to specific full-text locations--some sources do require that you disable your pop-up blocker to view the full-text.

 

How do I get more help or report a problem?
Email the Electronic Resources staff at lib-er@lsv.uky.edu, ask for help from the Young Reference Desk or the Ask-a-Librarian service.