The Find It @ Sheffield digital content discovery service was introduced in December 2008. It has since been developed by the Library taking into account feedback from the University community. We will continue to incorporate enhancements & to act upon feedback regularly. During the week commencing 10 August 2009 Find it@ Sheffield will become our standard service, replacing the legacy ejournal tables & lists in place since 1996. We would like to thank all those colleagues & students who took the time to contribute to the enhancement of the new service.
Since the initial soft launch on 15 December 2008, over 16,300 legacy system titles have been doubled checked against Find it @ Sheffield to ensure that content will not be left behind when the old system is withdrawn & work is ongoing to integrate any outstanding material before the start of session. It is worth reflecting on the increased service level consequent on the Find it @ Sheffield implementation:
- increased availability of full text titles (up from 11 000 titles to over 25 000 titles);
- increased numbers of full text articles accessible from within literature searching databases automatically powered & updated by Find it@ Sheffield;
- the populating of Google Scholar searches on a programmatic basis with our digital journal holdings.
Additionally, the ejournal records in Star, the library catalogue, are now generated from Find it @ Sheffield automatically & link through to that service. rather than to the legacy listings, offering a much more direct way to access ejournals through the Library catalogue & reducing the number of clicks.
The legacy ejournals system is no longer maintained by the Library & links to it will be removed from the Library Web & MUSE shortly. Re-directs will be in place on all relevant web pages to ensure that the clickstream is maintained for all users. Existing URLs will remain in place to avoid broken links & re-directional information will be added in due course.
If you need help using the Find it service please don't hesitate to get in touch or alternatively take a look at the new 'Finding Journals' tutorial on the Information Skills Resource.