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Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. What is PennText?
  2. How do I access PennText services?
  3. Why is full text not always available?
  4. Why are there sometimes multiple options for full text?
  5. When I click on the full text link for a citation, why am I not always taken directly to the full text?
  6. I see a button or an icon that takes me to the Services Menu, but it doesn't read PennText.
  7. Why don't I see any PennText buttons in my search result?
  8. Why don't I see the PennText icon in the same place in each database?
  9. When I clicked on the Franklin link in the Services Menu why didn't I get any hits?
  10. How can I save an article link to use on a web page or in courseware?
  11. Which resources are PennText enabled?
  1. What is PennText?

    PennText provides a direct link from a database citation to a variety of services related to the particular citation. These services include the full text of the article if available, an abstract, or table of contents for a particular journal issue, a direct link to the Franklin catalog record for the print version of the journal, and access to a dynamic Interlibrary Loan form.

  2. How do I access PennText services?

    The PennText button will appear within a citation in a database that is PennText enabled. Clicking on the button will open a Services Menu that lists available options for full text access to an article and other related services.

  3. Why is full text not always available?

    Not all journals that are indexed in databases exist in electronic form. If the Services Menu does not include a link to the full text of an article either that particular journal is not available electronically, or the library does not maintain a subscription. Be sure to click on the link to the Franklin Catalog within n the Services Menu to see if the library holds a print subscription to the journal.

  4. Why are there sometimes multiple options for full text?

    There is some overlap in the contents of electronic services to which the library subscribes. If a journal article is available electronically from more than a single source, the Services Menu will list multiple options for full text access.

  5. When I click on the full text link for a citation, why am I not always taken directly to the full text?

    Not all databases provide deep linking, that is, the ability to link directly to the full text of an article. For some databases, such as Factiva, PennText is able only to link to the database search page. In that case, the search will need to be rekeyed within Factiva in order to access the full text of the article. In other cases, such as in e-journals issued by the University of Chicago Press, PennText can link only to the table of contents for the journal. It will be necessary to scroll through the table of contents for the issue to locate a specifric article.

  6. I see a button or an icon that takes me to the Services Menu, but it doesn't read PennText.

    Some providers of databases to which the library subscribes do not permit customization of the linking button. PennText is the Penn Library's customized name for the linking service and we have used this name whenever possible. You may, however, also see a button that reads SFX (the provider's name for the service) or even a phrase, depending on the interface of the particular database. Examples appear below. All of these link directly to the PennText Services Menu.
    PennText ButtonOvid Button Wilson Button

  7. Why don't I see any PennText buttons in my search result?

    In order to support PennText, a database must use open urls. Open urls are a general protocol that convey metadata. In the case of PennText, the metadata relates to a specific bibliographic citation. Among the databases that are not open url enabled are LexisNexis and Factiva. In time more vendors will enable open urls in their databases and our ability to provide links to full text will increase.

  8. Why don't I see the PennText icon in the same place in each database?

    The placement of the PennText button is often controlled by the vendor of the particular resource. In most cases, the button will appear in the initial results screen, adjacent to each individual citation retrieved in a search. In some databases, however, the button appears only on the screen once the citation is viewed.

  9. When I clicked on the Franklin link in the Services Menu why didn't I get any hits?

    It is possible that the library does not subscribe to the print version of the resource, or the electronic version has not yet been added to the catalog. When Franklin is searched, PennText looks for a unique standard number for a journal (ISSN). If this number is not present in the catalog record, the search will be unsuccessful. It is also possible that the link from the electronic citation to Franklin is not accurate. We strive to maintain the accuracy of Franklin and all PennText links and address problems as they are discovered. If you encounter an inaccurate link, or if you need assistance in locating a journal title, please contact us using our Comments/Questions Form.

  10. How can I save an article link to use on a web page or in courseware?

    Click on the Persistent Citation link in the lower half of the Services Menu. The url for the article can be copied and saved on your desktop or in your document. [additional info coming soon]

  11. Which resources are PennText enabled?

    The following database are, or soon will be, PennText enabled.

    DatabasePennText IconVendor
    AARP AgelinePennText ButtonOvid
    ABI/InformPennText ButtonProQuest
    Abstracts in Social GerontologyPennText ButtonOCLC
    Academic IndexPennText ButtonGale Group
    ACP Journal ClubPennText ButtonOVID
    AGRICOLAPennText ButtonOvid
    Alternative Press IndexPennText ButtonOCLC
    America: History & LifePennText ButtonABC-Clio
    ARTBibliographies ModernPennText ButtonCSA
    Art IndexPennText ButtonOvid
    Art Index RetrospectivePennText ButtonWilson
    ASFA AquaculturePennText ButtonCSA
    ATLA ReligionPennText ButtonOCLC
    Avery IndexPennText ButtonRLG
    Bibliography of Native North AmericansPennText Button Ovid/WebSPIRS
    Bibliography of the History of ArtPennText ButtonRLG
    BIOSIS PreviewsPennText ButtonOvid
    Business Source PremierPennText ButtonEBSCO
    CAB AbstractsPennText ButtonOvid
    Chicano DatabasePennText ButtonRLG
    CINAHLPennText ButtonOvid
    Cochrane Controlled Trials RegisterPennText ButtonOvid
    Cochrane Database of Systematic ReviewsPennText Button Ovid
    Communication AbstractsPennText ButtonCSA
    Criminal Justice AbstractsPennText Button Ovid/WebSPIRS
    Database of Abstracts of Reviews of EffectivenessPennText Button Ovid
    EconlitPennText ButtonOvid
    Education IndexPennText ButtonWilson
    Educational Administration AbstractsPennText ButtonOCLC
    ERIC (from CSA)PennText ButtonCSA
    ERIC (from EBSCO)PennText ButtonEBSCO
    Evidence Based Medicine ReviewsPennText ButtonOvid
    FirstSearchPennText ButtonOCLC
    FrancisPennText ButtonRLG
    GeoRefPennText ButtonOCLC
    Health & Psychosocial InstrumentsPennText ButtonOvid
    HealthSTAR/Ovid HealthstarPennText ButtonOvid
    Historical AbstractsPennText ButtonABC-Clio
    History of Science, Technology and MedicinePennText ButtonRLG
    Index IslamicusPennText ButtonCSA
    Index of Foreign Legal PeriodicalsPennText ButtonRLG
    Inside Information PlusPennText ButtonRLG
    International Bibliography of the Social SciencesPennText Button CSA
    IOPPennText ButtonIOPP & IAEA
    ISI Citation IndexesPennText ButtonISI
    Journals@OVIDPennText ButtonOvid
    Linguistic and Language Behavior AbstractsPennText Button Ovid/WebSPIRS
    MathSciNetPennText ButtonAMS
    MetadexPennText ButtonCSA
    MedlinePennText ButtonOvid
    MLA International BibliographyPennText ButtonOvid
    OneFilePennText ButtonGale Group
    Peace Research Abstract JournalPennText ButtonOCLC
    Philosopher's IndexPennText Button Ovid/WebSPIRS
    PreMedlinePennText ButtonOvid
    PsycINFOPennText ButtonCSA
    PubMedPennText ButtonNCBI
    Regional Business NewsPennText ButtonEBSCO
    RILM Abstracts of Music LiteraturePennText ButtonOCLC
    Russian Academy of Sciences BibliographiesPennText Button RLG
    Sage Family Studies AbstractsPennText Button OCLC
    Sage Urban Studies Abstracts PennText Button OCLC
    Social Services AbstractsPennText ButtonCSA
    Social Work AbstractsPennText Button Ovid/WebSPIRS
    Sociological AbstractsPennText ButtonCSA
    Web of SciencePennText ButtonISI
    Worldwide Political Science AbstractsPennText ButtonCSA

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