What is SFX?
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What is SFX?

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SFX is a tool to help you link from an article citation to the full text of that article. The citation may be in the library's discovery tool, a database, Google Scholar, PubMed, or other similar tools that have external linking functionality. With the breadth of resources available through state and local subscriptions, full text may be available in one database that is only available as a citation in another.  SFX links the two.  

FLVC maintains an SFX instance for all institutions whether it is in active use or not on both a test and a production server. FLVC follows a regular maintenance schedule which includes activities such as applying the weekly updates received from Ex Libris that add, remove or update content within the SFX knowledgebase.  

FLVC maintains the content in the SFX knowledgebase for all of the state colleges and one of the universities, activating or deactivating resources to match annual subscriptions. Colleges should use the form 008 (Access to Local Electronic Resources), to request local database subscriptions be added to SFX in addition to their eResources web page. Colleges should fill out the form 034 (Activating Local E-Journals in SFX), to request individual ejournal titles be activated in SFX.  The universities activate and deactivate their own content in SFX. 

FLVC customizes each SFX instance in coordination with staff at each institution, such as with the addition of local banners. Institutions should contact the FLVC Help Desk to request customization assistance.  

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