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Find it @ Bowdoin

  1. What is Find it @ Bowdoin?
  2. How does Find it @ Bowdoin work?
  3. Which databases have Find it @ Bowdoin links?
  4. What are the "Content is available from" options?
  5. What if the "Content is available from" option doesn't work or I can't find the article?
  6. What if my citation is a book or a book chapter?
  7. What should I do if there are no Full Text or Local Print options?
  8. What if I already have a citation and want to find the full text?
  9. Comments or questions?
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1. What is Find it @ Bowdoin?
Find it @ Bowdoin is a service that uses software which allows the Library to provide links from citations in research databases to sources for the full text. These links are often labeled "Find it @ Bowdoin" or "Check availability @ Bowdoin" (see the different link formats above). The software takes advantage of an Internet technology standard called OpenURL.


2. How does Find it @ Bowdoin work?
Do a search in one of the Library's subscription indexes and databases or google scholar. Search results will have a 'full text' or 'find it' link nearby. The library does not always have control over the look or text of the link, but wherever possible, it reads "Find it @ Bowdoin". Click on one of these links and a new window will open with a list of possible options for accessing the full text of an article or finding a book. In some instances these links will be offered only for citations for which Bowdoin has the full text. In other cases these links will be offered on all citations.


3. Which databases have Find it @ Bowdoin links?
Many, though not all, indexes and databases will have these full text links. If there is not a "Find it @ Bowdoin" or simliar button, you will need to search for the journal title in the Library Catalog in order to determine if the library has access to the title, or use Bowdoin's Citation Linker tool to look up the citation. If the library does not have access to the title you seek, use the Interlibrary Loan service to request the article or book. If you would like to see the Find it @ Bowdoin link in a particular database please send your request to libref@bowdoin.edu.


4. What are the "Content is available from" options?
If the Library has online access to the full text of an article, you will see links to the service which provides access, and also the dates to which the library has access. Sometimes there will be links that will take you directly to the article you are seeking. Other times the link takes you only to the top level of the journal, or to the search screen of the collection or database service, and you will need to search for the particular title and date that you wish to access. In some cases, you will see links to all three levels (article/journal/collection). If one link level does not work properly, please try another. NOTE: The journal level links always require that you do a bit of investigating to find the hierarchical structure for the issues/volumes. Sometimes that is labeled "archives" or "past issues".

If the Library subscribes to the print or microfrom version of the journal in which the your article is contained, you will see a link labeled "Bowdoin Print Collection" Follow this link to determine where you can find the material you are seeking in our Library collections.


5. What if the "Content is available from" option doesn't work or I can't find the article?
Please contact a Reference Librarian for assistance. If you have determined that the library does not have access to the article you need you may request it through Interlibrary Loan - use the "Request this ... via Interlibrary Loan" link from the Find it @ Bowdoin citation page. Also, please fill out a problem report form on the Find it @ Bowdoin window. The link is at the bottom of the page. This will help us ensure that the Find it @ Bowdoin service vendor resolves the problem.


6. What if my citation is a book or a book chapter?
If the material you are seeking is a book or contained in a book, you will be offered links to the following three services:

  • Bowdoin College Library Catalog - Bowdoin Library
  • NExpress Catalog - Includes Bowdoin, Bates, Colby, Williams, Northeastern , Wellesley
  • Maine Info Net - Includes Bowdoin, Bates, Colby, Univ. of Maine, and many Maine libraries

Try searching first in the Bowdoin catalog. If you do not find the title, try the "Repeat Search in NExpress" or "Repeat Search in Maine Info Net" buttons. Bowdoin students, faculty and staff may request items directly from NExpress and Maine Info Net by using the "Request Item" button.


7. What should I do if there are no Full Text or Local Print options?
If no links to full text or print are offered, use the "Request this article via Interlibrary loan link" to submit a request to "Interlibrary Loan". You may use this link to request that the material be borrowed from another library. The citation information should automatically transfer into the appropriate form in the Interlibrary Loan system.


8. What if I already have a journal citation and want to find the full text?
Search for the journal title in the Library Catalog. If the library does not have access to the title you seek, use Interlibrary Loan service to request the article. You may also use Bowdoin's Citation Linker to look up the citation and it will check our collections information at the same time and give you the same opportunity to fill out an Interlibrary Loan request if we do not have access to the issue you need.


9. Comments or questions?
Contact a Reference Librarian with any questions. Comments may be sent to libref@bowdoin.edu.